Tracking the Growth and Success of FBS African American Head Coaches: Week 14

The 2013 College Football Season is complete and it was an interesting one for the African-American Head Coaches at the FBS level. After starting the season 12 with head coaches that number now stands at 10 with the firings of Ron English (Eastern Michigan) and Don Treadwell (Miami of Ohio). As a group the African-American Head coaches ended the regular season with a combined record that was under .500. However on the brighter side 5 out of the 10 programs that these men lead will be heading to bowl games and Stanford led by David Shaw will be playing for the Pac-12 title this coming Saturday. Let’s see how the coaches wrapped up their regular season.

Combined Record (56-67)

Week 14

 2-7

Charlie Strong (Louisville) – Louisville had a bye this past weekend and is one of the few teams that is wrapping up its regular season this Saturday. It will be not an easy task Saturday as the Cardinals head north up I-71 to face local rival Cinicinatti. This match up will determine who ends up in second place in the American Athletic Conference. (10-1)

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) – A&M lost this past week to a really really really good Missouri Tigers team. Back to Back losses and another sub par performance for Johnny Football have ruined his chances to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner. The Aggies signed Coach Sumlin to a six-year contract extension over the weekend so things are looking good in College Station. In the words of the Wayans Brothers “Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money” (8-4)

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David Shaw (Stanford) – David Shaw and the Stanford Cardinal ended their regular season in style by defeating the other premier academic football institution Notre Dame 27-20. This week the Cardinal play in the Pac-12 championship game against Arizona St. with a birth in the Rose Bowl on the line. (10-2)

James Franklin (Vanderbilt) – Kudos to you Coach Franklin, Kudos to you my good sir! Sitting 4-4 a little over a month ago with 4 games remaining to be bowl eligible. I wasn’t sure if the Commodores could pull it off and make their third straight bowl game. What did the Commodores do? They won all four games giving Vanderbilt their first back to back winning seasons since 1974-1975.  (8-4)

Darrell Hazell (Purdue) – On Saturday Purdue lost to in state rival Indiana. Meaning that first year head coach Hazell kicked off his first season in West Lafayette by losing his final 10 games. SMH! (1-11)

Curtis Johnson (Tulane) – After falling to Rice Saturday 17-13, Tulane ended the regular season by losing 3 out of their final 4 games. It was a good second season in New Orleans for Coach Johnson. The Green Wave improved from 2-10 in his first season to 7-5. Time to go Bowling, Lucky Strike anyone? (7-5)

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Mike London (Virginia) – The only thing preventing Virginia from being the worst team on this list is a win the first week of the season against BYU. I still can’t not figure out how UVA was able to win that game and then end the season by losing 9 in a row.(2-10)

Garrick McGee (UAB) – It was a tough second season for Coach McGee and the Blazers. It culminated this past Saturday in a blow out loss to Southern Mississippi. Providing the eagles their first win in two years. (2-10)

Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina) – In what was essentially the C-USA East Division championship game the Pirates dreams of winning a conference title fell at the hands of the Marshall Thundering Herd. However it was a really good season for ECU and star QB Shane Carden will be back next season. (9-3)

NCAA Football: East Carolina at Southern Mississippi

Willie Taggart (South Florida) – USF game against Central Florida was an epitome of the Bulls season. USF fought hard and didn’t give up but for some reason simply could not get over the hump. A season finale @ Rutgers awaits this weekend. (2-9)

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