The 2015 college football season has seen a rash of mid-season firings and retirements. We have not hit November yet, and there are already job openings at Illinois, Maryland, Miami, North Texas, South Carolina, UCF, and USC. There has definitely been an upswing in mid-season coaching changes as of late, and Dabo Swinney believes he knows the reason: social media. Swinney spoke about the issue during his press conference today. Here is video, via TigerNet.com.
CoachingSearch.com transcribed Swinney's thoughts:
“It’s a sad state of affairs,” Swinney said. “It comes with the territory. It’s not like it used to be, where you evaluate the totality of a season. It just isn’t that way any more. Social media gets people hired, fired and retired quick. Just like that. It’s just an overwhelming swell of emotion, good, bad or whatever. Unless you’ve got people with thick skin in those decision-making roles, it happens all the time.
“When did you ever see this many coaches without jobs in the middle of the season? It’s like the trend now, and it’s sad. With the amount of money that’s involved, win right now, the expectations, shoot first, ask questions later mentality that we’ve got, it’s just the way it is. I hate it. These are people.”
Blaming social media for the ills of the world is easy, but Swinney, who took over at mid-season for Tommy Bowden at Clemson in 2008, may be at least partially right here. Miami head coach Al Golden had been the subject of serious social media anger from Miami fans for multiple seasons, Last year, 'Canes fans raised money to fly a "Fire Al Golden" banner over Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium via GoFundMe, a move that became somewhat of a tradition through this season. Golden was fired after Swinney's Tigers crushed Miami 58-0 on Saturday. In years past, Golden may have had a chance to finish the season, but the situation definitely became untenable because of the rising tide of disdain from Miami fans.