10 coaches have accepted 2 different jobs this off-season

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Saturday February 04, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on February 4, 2012

Have you ever accepted a job only to resign within a month to accept an even better opportunity?

It happens in the coaching profession roughly 10 to 15 times each off-season.  Coaches don't like to do it, but it's often the best thing to do for the career of a coach and his family.

This week, just as every year after National Signing Day, a couple of coaches accepted their second different job in a matter of weeks.

The most recent example is PJ Fleck, who recently left Rutgers to become the offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois.  On Friday, just one day after accepted the position at Northern Illinois, Fleck has resigned.  There is speculation that he will join Greg Schiano's staff with the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Jim Turner coached the offensive line at Texas A&M this past season under Mike Sherman.  When Sherman was dismissed, Turner was able to land a job on Tommy Tuberville's staff at Texas Tech.  This week, Turner resigned his position at Texas Tech to join the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff, where he will be reunited with Dolphins' offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.

Turner's replacement at Texas Tech will be Chris Thomsen.  Ironically, it will be Thomsen's second position in a matter of weeks.  After serving as the head coach at Abilene Christian University in 2011, Thomsen accepted the running backs job at Arizona State just after Todd Graham landed the job in Tempe.

Only UCF head coach George O'Leary has fell victim twice this off-season.  O'Leary hired Alabama defensive grad assistant Derrick Ansley as defensive backs coach.  Ansley worked for O'Leary for a little over a month, but when Derek Dooley offered Ansley a position this week, the decision to move to Knoxville was a no-brainer for Ansley.  At Tennessee, he will be reunited with former Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri, who is the new defensive coordinator for the Vols.

Ansley, as mentioned, wasn't the first coach to jump ship after a few weeks in Orlando.  Ted Roof, who served as the Auburn defensive coordinator this past year, was hired by O'Leary after the season.  Roof, however, received an offer from Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien.  The decision to leave UCF for Penn State seemed pretty logical for Roof.

Damien Wroblewski recently went from Delaware to Ball State to Rutgers.  Wroblewski will coach the offensive line for the Scarlet Knights.

Mike Smith recently left the NY Jets' organization to join Dana Holgorsen's staff at West Virginia.  Smith served a couple of weeks as co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach for the Mountaineers, but this week he decided to return to the Jets' organization.

Former Washington State offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Todd Sturdy recently accepted the offensive coordinator position at Montana, only to resign within a week to join the staff at Iowa State.  Sturdy will coach the wide receivers for the Cyclones.

Chip Long went from Illinois to UAB to Arizona State.  Long had a chance to coach in his hometown of Birmingham, but let's be honest, no coach would ever pass up the opportunity to coach at Arizona State over UAB.

Grady Brown coached the corners at Southern Miss in 2011 under Larry Fedora.  He was offered a position by new Southern Miss head coach Ellis Johnson.  After working with Johnson for a couple of weeks, Brown resigned this week to join Steve Spurrier's staff at South Carolina.  It's hard to fault Brown for the chance to coach in the SEC.

Kansas State strength coach Chris Dawson accepted the head strength job under Mike Leach at Washington State.  It took Dawson about three days in Pullman to realize he made a mistake.  Fortunately, he was invited back to Manhattan, where he'll continue to serve as the K-State strength coach.

UPDATE: Since this article was written, several more coaches can be added to the list including Joe Gilbert, Terrell Williams, Darren Hiller, Ron West, and Nick Rolovich.

From the CoachingSearch.com archives, here is a complete list of coaches that accepted two positions following the 2009 season:

Kippy Brown (University of Tennessee to Seattle Seahawks)

Pep Hamiton (New Mexico to Stanford)

Hugh Freeze (San Jose State to Arkansas State)

Clay Helton (Arkansas State to Southern Cal)

Willie Martinez (Stanford to Oklahoma)

George Edwards (Florida to Buffalo Bills)

Brian Mitchell (Memphis to East Carolina)

Steve Ensminger (Texas Tech to LSU)

Clancy Pendergast (Oakland Raiders to Cal)

Greg Peterson (North Texas to Northern Colorado)

Ron Turner (Stanford to Indianapolis Colts)

Glen Elarbee (Toledo to West Georgia)

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