It’s been 9 years since Lane Kiffin was fired on a tarmac in Tempe, Arizona. Since then, the idea of firing a head coach on an airport runway has run wild in the imaginations of college football fans. What’s more embarassing than the team plane pulling away from the airport without the head coach? This week we examine the Kiffin-esque, tarmac-able coaching performance of the week.
There are certain points in a game where one can visibly see the tide changing. Sometimes it’s a big turnover. Other times a huge stop on 3rd down. In the rare occasion, a head coach makes a decision so brain numbing it defies all logic.
Up 11 in the 3rd quarter, after his offense and defense turned it on coming out of halftime, Scott Frost proved the moment was too big for him by gifting Northwestern the ball on their own 44 yard line after an onside kick. Yes, an onside kick with 9 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. It was enough to make us all puke 15-20 times.
You may be asking yourself: How does this single point in the game, so early on in the 2nd half affect the rest of the game? It’s the same question the British asked themselves after losing The Battle of Saratoga in the fall of 1777 against the future two-time World War champions. You don’t choose the turning point, the gods do it for you. And the football gods decided enough is enough in Lincoln.
While Scott Frost was not tarmaced, it is our hope that the athletic director at Nebraska has larger aspirations for Frost. Will he make Scott Frost pay Ireland back for all the free beer their fans consumed? Does he offer to meet him at a Runza and not show up? Could he be planning the first ever cornfield firing? We look forward to the answers to these hard-hitting and obvious questions in the coming days.