When it comes to recycling, nobody is as good at it as the coaching profession. If you have a decent track record at some point of your career, there's always a chance that you'd find work somewhere down the line, even if you've been away from the game for a year or three, doing TV, writing a novel or just hanging out with the family.
Just in the last few weeks, several coaches who had spent the 2011 season anywhere but on a sideline were lured back into the business. Ohio State hired Urban Meyer; Arizona got Rich Rodriguez; Washington State scooped up Mike Leach; and UCLA tabbed Jim Mora. The NFL isn't immune, either, with Jeff Fisher getting the nod in St. Louis, while names such as Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher are still being madly tossed about.
This goes beyond football, and applies to franchises storied or otherwise. The Red Sox replaced Terry Francona with Bobby Valentine, one of the most well-known vagabond managers who spent the last two seasons at ESPN. And the Lakers hired Mike Brown, who now has the unenviable task of getting Kobe Bryant with the program following a year off to lick his wounds after he failed to get through to LeBron James in Cleveland.
Call them retreads if you want, but that doesn't mean they can't win. In fact, sometimes a coach is at his best after having an opportunity to spend a little time away from the game. We provide just such evidence in our Top 10 Most Successful Coaching Retreads.