Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports posited a rather startling theory during all of Sunday’s football-related chaos – Bill O’Brien might be leaving the Texans after this season for another high profile coaching position in college football.
Wait a minute…he would be hypothetically taking a job at friggin’ Maryland? Okay, never mind. Carry on. None of this is going to happen.
No coach in his right mind would ever leave the NFL – the very top of the football food chain – for any college job short of the perennial super powers of the NCAA. Alabama? Sure. USC? Maybe. Texas? Screw it, why not? The University of Maryland, though? The same school that is often at the bottom of the Big 10 and hasn’t won a bowl game since 2010? Come on, people.
There is no logical reason why O’Brien would ever willingly walk away from the best coaching position he has ever had – or ever will have – because of an argument with a general manager that has a decent chance of being "promoted" to a different role at the end of the year anyway. O’Brien was contractually guaranteed control of his own roster by the McNair family when he took this job two seasons ago, and that is exactly what I believe he will get when the dust settles. When you factor in that O’Brien largely left the college game because of his distaste for dealing with pushy boosters, which Maryland happens to have plenty of, I cannot imagine him returning to that same environment for anything short of the highest salary the NCAA has ever seen and a mountain of Rick Ross CDs.
False alarm, everyone. The world is not over...yet.
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