Recently, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer told one of the biggest WTF?! stories we have ever heard. It involves legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes, a snapping turtle, and a certain area where the sun doesn’t shine.
Needless to say, it is a crazy story, but is it the most bizarre/quirky/questionable/crazy story involving a college coach you have ever heard?
Maybe … or maybe not.
Hayes himself once punched a Clemson player in the middle of the game. He was fired the next day, and never apologized. Legendary Texas A&M and Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant got his nickname by literally wrestling a live bear for payment at a carnival. He was 13 and his pay was supposedly $1.
He never even got that dollar, no joke, but the nickname stuck to the very end.
Back when Rich Rodriguez was still at West Virginia, he shredded the records of every single Moutaineers player and then skipped town to take over at Michigan. Perplexing, no?
Tommy Tuberville did not shred anything, but he did cut out on three Texas Tech recruits in the middle of dinner. Why? The same reason as Rich Rod, and that was to take a new head coaching job, this time with Cincinnati.
At least these guys, while messing with the lives of teenagers, no question about that, did not hurt them. Mike Leach, while at Texas Tech, was canned after he allegedly locked a player of his into an electrical closet. While Leach came out publicly stating that the story was completely false, the damage was done, and Leach was shown the door.
Again, definitely bizarre, and definitely unexpected. However, are either of these stories as self-serving as the rise and fall of Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino? Petrino was killin’ it in Fayetteville, both on the field and apparently off of it as well.
However, while on his motorcycle late one night, the 50-something year old crashed with his 20-something mistress on the back, and the rest is history. Well, Petrino’s marriage is still intact, which just sounds like a great situation for his wife, but he was fired as the Hog’s coach.
All mentioned have been forced to change schools or teams at one point or another, just like current Alabama boss Nick Saban. No one likes to talk about his time with the Miami Dolphins anymore, but we just can’t resist. According to legend, offensive lineman Jeno James collapsed from heat exhaustion near the end of the second practice of two-a-days. The massive man was set down on the floor because it was just going to be too much work to get him up onto a training table at that point.
After practice, Saban was so busy that he literally stepped over James, said nothing, and continued walking until he reached his office. What that is is just a bizarre manner of focus.
But is it the most bizarre thing you have ever heard? We’re going to stay away from more serious matters here, such as JoaPa at Penn State or Tattoo-gate under Jim Tressel at Ohio State or anything that happened at Oklahoma under Barry Switzer.
However, if you want to go there, then by all means. You can vote for ‘other’ and give us your reasons in the comments below!