Top 10 Stunningly Short Coaching Stints
When Lane Kiffin took the job at USC last week it left many people in Tennessee upset. How could Kiffin leave after only 14 months with the program? How can anyone accept a job, only to walk out on it a mere year later?
Despite what Volunteer fans might think, Kiffin’s tenure at Tennessee pales in comparison to some other short-lived coaching stints, in both duration and shock value. While Kiffin lasted months, other coaches have lasted weeks, or only days at their jobs.
The reasons for leaving are varied. Sometimes coaches accept what they think is a dream job, only to realize that the real dream job was the one they just left, and go back to their previous employers. In other instances coaches are forced out before getting a chance to prove themselves, or in a few rare cases, before they even get a chance to coach at all.
The short leash on coaches is most frequent in the NBA and NHL, where first-year coaches can be fired before seeing the All-Star Game. Just last year Barry Melrose was fired by the Tampa Bay Lightning only 16 games after his return to coaching. Believe it or not, due to a variety of factors that short coaching tenure wasn’t even one of the most stunning. The following are the tales of the Top 10 Stunningly Short Coaching Stints.