I want to talk about a dead breed, the coach as icon. With the continued fallout from the Penn State scandal arising from the Jerry Sandusky conviction, there will never again be one in college football. This is a good thing and a bad thing.
That last statement may seem controversial given the past several months of news we’ve been forced to endure, but let’s consider the overall history of the game.
From almost the dawn of time coaching legends have been synonymous with college football and specific to the programs that dominated the sport. Amos Alonzo Stagg was the first towering giant on the scene. He started coaching in 1890 but was probably most famous for his University of Chicago Maroons (where he coached from 1892-1932), who won 2 national championships. When he was done coaching he had compiled 314 wins in an era where they did not play 13 games a year. That record would stand for several decades before it fell.