Columnist turns in absolutely scorching hot take on first fired head coach of 2018
Back in 2016, the Bowling Green Falcons were looking for a new head coach after the super-successful Dino Babers left for Syracuse.
They ultimately settled on Texas Tech assistant Mike Jinks, and that did not work out well. Since Babers left, the Falcons have an abysmal 7-24 record and all the momentum Babers created has been halted.
Following the firing of Jinks on Sunday (leaving Carl Pelini as the interim coach), Toledo Blade columnist David Briggs had just about the hottest take one could have. As you can see below, Briggs isn’t exactly out of line, but suggests that hiring a running backs coach from Texas Tech (during an era when Patrick Mahomes was the team’s quarterback) was maybe not the best idea:
With Bowling Green fresh off a Mid-American Conference title powered by one of the country’s highest-flying offenses, then-AD Chris Kingston wanted to keep a good thing going. So he Googled which team had the best offense that year, noted it was Texas Tech, and essentially targeted the top Red Raiders assistant he could afford.
Conservatively speaking, it was the dumbest coaching search in college football history.
If that was indeed all the thought Bowling Green put into the hiring of Jinks, then it was pretty dumb.
Now, they’ll play out the year with Pelini as the interim coach, trying to regain some of the respectability they had under Babers.