Ran into Dennis Franchione last season at a Big 12 game. He looked recharged and ready to go, even talked about coaching again one day in the right situation. “It doesn’t ever leave you,” Fran said.
Unless, that is, you leave it. College football has quickly become a young man’s game. Once you’ve passed 50 in life’s ride, your next job could be your last. Once you leave–no matter how it happens–it’s nearly impossible to find your way back. Don’t think so? Check out these guys: Glen Mason, Gary Barnett, Jim Donnan, Larry Coker, Franchione. All successful coaches at major universities, all deep into the fourth quarter of their professional lives.