None of us know when Frank Beamer is going to retire. We can all guess, but we’ll never truly know until it happens. However, we all certainly want him to go out on a high note. For the way he has built the program through the years, and the way he treats people, he certainly deserves it. But is such an end going to be in the cards?
Recent history says probably not. Specifically, Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno and Mack Brown. Bowden and Brown in particularly had ends that were similar to the 2012-14 seasons for Virginia Tech.
First, here are Bowden’s numbers over his last nine seasons: 8-4, 9-5, 10-3, 9-3, 8-5, 7-6, 9-4 and 7-6. That’s a total record of 66-36, which is a winning percentage of 64.7%. That’s good. However, Bowden won 10+ games in each of his previous 14 seasons and won two National Championships in that span.
Mack Brown finished his Texas career like this: 5-7, 8-5, 9-4, 8-5. That’s a total record of 30-21, for a winning percentage of 58.8%. That’s not bad, but in Brown’s previous nine seasons he never failed to win 10 games, and he also won a National Championship in the process.
In Joe Paterno’s last 12 years at Penn State, he had four losing seasons as well as one 7-6 record, though they also had a couple of 11-win seasons mixed in as well.
You get the point here. Legendary coaching careers generally don’t end well. Even if there were some high points with JoePa, that program was still very inconsistent at the end. Frank Beamer’s career hasn’t ended yet, but the trend is going in...
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