In hindsight, it's tough to argue that Larry Coker didn't get a little bit screwed. He got canned as University of Miami head coach in 2006 after piling up a 60-15 record and bringing a national championship to Coral Gables -- a record pretty much any other program in the country would take in a heartbeat.
His reward, now that it's all said and done? Three years out of college football and a new gig as head coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio, which is expected to announce Coker's hiring on Friday. If you've never heard of the mighty Roadrunners, it's because their football squad won't actually join Division 1 (or the "Football Championship Series" if you prefer inane corporate euphemisms forced upon the sports press) until 2011.
But lest we all forget the real reason Coker got the axe -- and it wasn't just because his team skidded to a 6-6 record in '06 -- Riptide suggests we celebrate his return to the sidelines with a replay of the much lamented but actually pretty awesome brawl between his 'Canes and FIU that led to 31 suspensions and helped kill Coker's rep.
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Seriously, how often do you see this many football players blatantly swinging helmets, kicking each other in the head and body slamming each other in a pure rage? Not often enough, we say. For that, we salute you Mr. Coker.