Forde-Yard Dash: Jimmy Lake’s Firing Stands Out for Its Swiftness – CalBearsMaven

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SECOND QUARTER: LAST TO BE HIRED, FIRST TO BE FIRED?

Washington fired Jimmy Lake (11) Sunday, ending his tenure as head coach at 13 games. That makes the state of Washington the Firing Capital of College Football in 2021, with Washington State having sent Nick Rolovich (12) packing last month after just 11 games on the job in Pullman.

But these are dramatically different circumstances. Rolovich was dismissed completely for off-field reasons, since he wouldn’t comply with Washington’s vaccine mandate for state employees. He essentially fired himself. Lake was terminated for what athletic director Jen Cohen termed “a variety of reasons, both on the field and off.”

Lake had been suspended for Washington’s game Saturday against Arizona State because of what happened the previous week, against Oregon: He struck a player’s helmet and shoved him after the player was involved in a brief skirmish with an opponent on the Washington sideline. There also was a Seattle Times report about Lake shoving a player during halftime of a game in 2019, with conflicting descriptions of the severity of that situation from several witnesses.

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So there are some issues beyond on-field performance with Lake as well, though they could not be characterized as the kind of behavior that got Bob Knight fired at Indiana or led to other coach dismissals. Lake was not fired for cause, which makes clear that Washington wasn’t making a move solely for the above non-football performance reasons. Program observers agree that Lake would still be the Washington coach if his record were better.

His greater sin seems to be making a terrible offensive coordinator hire in John Donovan and having the team’s offense ground to a halt this season. For that, Lake earns the dubious distinction of being the fastest firing from a Power 5 job in the last decade for football-related reasons.

There is zero reason to believe that the dismissal of Lake was racially motivated. But this is another development that underscores the tenuous positions Black coaches often occupy in college football hiring and firing cycles. The only place you can find heavy representation of Black coaches in the sport is on the Power 5 Conference Fastest-Fired List of the last 10 years. Here it is:

Nick Rolovich, Washington State. When fired: October 2021. Number of games: 11. Record: 5–6. Reason: Refusal to comply with state vaccine mandate.

Jimmy Lake, Washington. When fired: November 2021. Number of games: 13. Record: 7–6. Reason: Losing and player interactions.

Steve Sarkisian, USC. When fired: October 2015. Number of games: 18. Record: 12–6. Reason: Alcohol abuse.

Willie Taggart (13), Florida State. When fired: November 2019. Number of games: 21. Record: 9–12. Reason: Losing.

Chad Morris, Arkansas. When fired: November 2020. Number of games: 22. Record: 4–18. Reason: Losing.

Turner Gill (14), Kansas. When fired: November 2011. Number of games: 24. …….

Source: https://www.si.com/college/2021/11/15/college-football-fastest-coach-firings-lake-rolovich

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