WWeek – In the 113 years of Oregon football before Kelly became head coach in 2009, the Ducks played in seven major bowl games and had four 10-win seasons. In Kelly’s four seasons as head coach, the Ducks have won at least 10 games every year and are headed to their fourth consecutive Bowl Championship Series game. They capped last season with a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl—Oregon’s first win in the “granddaddy” of bowl games in 95 years. Of course, even the most casual fan probably knows Kelly’s accomplishments on the field. What they don’t know is that Kelly may be one of the biggest paradoxes in college football. A number of substantial Oregon football boosters, many of whom requested anonymity, expressed a widespread annoyance with Kelly. The coach with the highest winning percentage (45-7, 86.5 percent) among BCS conference coaches is at odds with many of those closest to the Oregon program. Although most would agree Kelly is an extraordinary coach, he doesn’t care much for the many other obligations that come with his job. “Some of the college boosters have gone as far as to say, ‘I hope he does leave so we can get somebody who appreciates the fans,’” says Jack Roberts, a former Oregon labor commissioner and Oregon alumnus.
4 years as coach. 4 at least 10 win seasons in a row. 4 BCS bowls in a row. But he doesn’t come to my BBQ and listen to my opinions on the 4-3 defense! Fire him! Fucking jerk! Got to love boosters. Such a sense of self importance. They’re like the internet commenters of the real world except they actually contribute something, i.e. a shit ton of money and support.
Anyway this is why I would never make it as a college football head coach. No it’s not because I don’t know much about coaching college football. It’s because I have no patience for putting up with people I don’t care about. Just cannot fake being nice to someone I don’t like. Also why I’d never make it in the corporate world. Or business world. Or really any world that isn’t my blog and computer screen. But this life is cool.