Koetter on San Francisco in '85: 'Unique experience'
As the Bucs go to San Francisco this weekend, head coach Dirk Koetter returns to the place where he got his first college coaching job, as offensive coordinator at Division II San Francisco State for a single season in 1985.
"What a unique experience, coming from a small town in Idaho," Koetter said. "We sold hot dogs on the quad every Thursday to raise money for our trips. A big recruiting trip was us deciding if we were going to pay for a guy's lunch when he came on campus."
The Golden Gators had only three full-time coaches -- current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, amazingly, was the offensive line coach -- and Koetter had a $24,000 salary and was asked to teach five classes, including advanced tennis, advanced volleyball and weightlifting.
It was the 1980s and San Francisco, so even the political activism of the day was something new to Koetter, who was just 26 after being a high school head coach back in Idaho after college.
"We'd be out there selling hot dogs and an alarm would go off and the students would do an Apartheid demonstration and they'd all go down on the ground," Koetter said. "It was a wild place. I'm a young guy from Pocatello, Idaho. My eyes were wide-open. Quite a learning experience, an interesting experience."