Where every SEC head coach was working 20 years ago
The year was 1995.
TLC’s “Waterfalls,” Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” and Boyz II Men’s “Water Runs Dry” were dominating the radio air waves, and you were probably talking about how great movies like “Braveheart” and “Clueless” were that summer.
I’ll allow you a moment to reminisce.
I’m sure the next question in your mind is … what was my favorite SEC head coach doing that summer?
Lucky for you, I’ve got the answer.
Here’s what each SEC head coach was doing in 1995:
Nick Saban, Alabama: Fresh off a stint as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, Saban was beginning his first season as head coach at Michigan State.
Bret Bielema, Arkansas: Bielema was beginning his second season as a graduate assistant at Iowa. His work there would earn him a job as the Hawkeyes linebackers coach the next season.
Gus Malzahn, Auburn: Malzahn was coaching his final season as head coach of Hughes High School in Arkansas. He would go on to coach high school football for another decade.
Jim McElwain, Florida: After spending eight seasons as a quarterback and wide receiver coach at Eastern Washington, McElwain was beginning his first season as Montana State’s offensive coordinator.
Mark Richt, Georgia: Richt was in his second season as Florida State offensive coordinator, working under coaching legend Bobby Bowden.
Mark Stoops, Kentucky: Stoops was finishing his final season coaching high school football at Nordonia High School in Ohio. He would get a job as defensive backs coach at USF the next year.
Les Miles, LSU: After spending eight seasons as Michigan’s offensive line coach, Miles was making his debut as the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator in 1995.
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: Mullen was starting his second and final season as the wide receivers coach at Wagner College.
Gary Pinkel, Missouri: Pinkel was beginning his fifth season as the head coach at Toledo. He would remain there through the 2000 season until Mizzou came calling.
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss: After spending three years as their offensive coordinator, Freeze was beginning his first season as head coach at Briarcrest High School in Tennessee. It was a stint that would last a decade.
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina: The Head Ball Coach was at Florida, engineering one of the best college football programs in the country. His 1995 team would go unbeaten in the regular season before falling to Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.
Butch Jones, Tennessee: Jones was beginning the first season of a three-year stint at Ferris State. He was assigned to coach running backs in 1995.
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: Sumlin was beginning his third season as Minnesota’s wide receivers coach. He would remain an assistant for 13 more years until Houston gave him a chance as a head man in 2008.
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt: Mason was beginning his first season as wide receivers coach at Weber State. He did not move to the defensive side of the ball until 1999, when he became a defensive backs coach at Bucknell.