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Greg Schiano is going back to Rutgers. How do retreads fare in Act II?

It’s worth asking, too, because Willie Taggart is a potential candidate to return to USF.
Greg Schiano is reportedly headed back to Rutgers. [Times]
Greg Schiano is reportedly headed back to Rutgers. [Times]
Published Dec. 2, 2019
Updated Dec. 2, 2019

The weekend’s spin of the college football coaching carousel had two interesting local wrinkles with one unifying thread.

First former Bucs coach Greg Schiano agreed to a contract that would make him Rutgers’ coach again, pending approval from the school’s board of governors Tuesday. Then USF announced the dismissal of coach Charlie Strong, leading our Joey Knight to report that former Bulls (and Seminoles) coach Willie Taggart could have interest in returning to Tampa.

RELATED: Who replaces Charlie Strong at USF? Here’s our list of possible (and impossible) candidates

That leads to these questions: What are the odds Schiano’s homecoming works out? How do sequels typically compare to the originals? Here’s a look at how some other notable coaches did in their first and second stints as a school’s head coach:

Bill Snyder, Kansas State

It's safe to say Bill Snyder's first tenure at K-State went better than his last.

First stint (1989-2005): 136-68-1. Finished in the top 10 six times in the program’s best run ever

Second stint (2009-18): 79-49-0. Had early trips to the Cotton and Fiesta Bowls but averaged 7 ½ wins over his final six seasons

Bobby Petrino, Louisville

Welcome back: Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, left, shakes hands with Bobby Petrino, who officially begins his second stint as coach.

First stint (2004-06): 41-9: Won at least nine games every season and left for the Falcons after a 12-1 Orange Bowl run

Second stint (2014-18): 36-26. Helped Lamar Jackson win the Heisman but was fired after a disastrous 2-8 start in his final year

RELATED: Why the Florida Gators belong in a New Year’s Six bowl

Mark Whipple, UMass

In this Aug. 25, 2018, file photo, Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple watches from the sideline during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Duquesne in Amherst, Mass. [MICHAEL DWYER | AP]

First stint (1998-2003): 49-26. Won Division I-AA national title in Year 1 and had five winning seasons in six years

Second stint (2014-18): 16-44. Never won more than four games in a season

Mike Riley, Oregon State

Former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley before an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. [TIMOTHY J. GONZALEZ | AP]

First stint (1997-98): 8-14. Improved his win total by two from Year 1 to Year 2

Second stint (2003-14): 85-66: Went to eight bowls and won 10 games in 2006

RELATED: My AP Top 25 ballot: Gators pass ’Bama, close call with Wisconsin

Randy Edsall, UConn

In this 2018 file photo, UConn coach Randy Edsall greets USF's Charlie Strong after the game at Raymond James Stadium. [JONES | Tampa Bay Times]

First stint (2000-10): 70-63. Took the Huskies to their highest heights, the Fiesta Bowl in the 2010 season

Second stint (2017-present): 6-30. Fielded one of the worst defenses in college football history last fall and has one of the 10 worst teams in the nation this year, too.

Gary Andersen, Utah State

Utah State coach Gary Andersen smiles during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against New Mexico on Nov. 30. [ANDRES LEIGHTON | AP]

First stint (2009-12): 26-24. Went 11-2 and finished No. 16 nationally in his final year before going to Wisconsin

Second stint (2019-present): 7-5. Didn’t match the record of an 11-win team he inherited, even with a future NFL quarterback (Jordan Love)

RELATED: Charlie Strong’s firing at USF: Let us know what you think

Mack Brown, North Carolina

North Carolina head coach Mack Brown runs to take a timeout during the first half against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 30. [KARL B DEBLAKER | AP]

First stint (1988-97): 69-46-1. Went 1-10 in his first year and 10-1 in his final one to help transform UNC’s basketball-only image

Second stint (2019-present): 6-6. Nearly upset mighty Clemson earlier this season

RELATED: Kirk Herbstreit has three criteria for FSU’s next coach. Who checks those boxes?

Greg Schiano, Rutgers

In this 2009 file photo, Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano celebrates with a dunk during the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field. [ZUPPA, CHRIS | St. Petersburg Times]

First stint (2001-11): 68-67. Made it to a bowl game six times in last seven years

Second stint: ??


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