Leavitt moving up most-tenured-coaches lists
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We write all the time that USF coach Jim Leavitt has been the Bulls' only head coach in the program's short history, but that tenure now ranks as the seventh-longest among Division I-A head coaches, according to one site.
This blogger at Fanhouse.com studied the tenure of all 120 I-A head coaches and found that exactly half (60) are entering their first, second or third seasons as head coach at their current school. The story lists five -- Penn State's Joe Paterno, Florida State's Bobby Bowden, Nevada's Chris Ault, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Oregon's Mike Bellotti -- who have been in their current jobs longer than Leavitt, with Fresno State's Pat Hill matching Leavitt in entering his 13th season.
Can't tell if I'm missing a coach, since it's hard to find a comprehensive list. You can argue this is Leavitt's 14th year, since he was in place for all of 1996, but USF played no games that season. The Fanhouse blog recognizes that Ault is entering his 25th season at Nevada, but this is his third stint as coach, and his current run only goes back to 2004.
Another interesting list -- albeit a year old -- looks at the BCS conference coaches with the longest tenure without earning a bid in a BCS bowl game. Tommy Bowden is off that list now, leaving Texas Tech's Mike Leach (edited), Virginia's Al Groh, Rutgers' Greg Schiano and Missouri's Gary Pinkel as the standard-bearers. That blog gives a pass to Leavitt and UConn's Randy Edsall since their teams weren't in BCS conferences for their entire tenure. Since USF joined the Big East in 2005, only 19 of the 66 BCS programs have played in BCS bowls.