Sometimes in college football, Daniel-san has to try to crane-kick Mr. Miyagi's butt. Luke Skywalker has to challenge Yoda to a lightsaber duel.
The incestuous nature of the coaching biz can turn a mentor into an opponent, a prodigy into a roadblock. We saw it earlier this season when first-year Washington coach
Saturday in Starkville, Miss., first-year Mississippi State coach
Mullen knows Florida quarterback
"I can look at them on film and know what they are doing, but it is a whole different story in stopping them," Mullen said. They've got a lot of weapons and a good offensive system. When they have that type of speed, if you make one mistake, it turns a 10-yard gain into a 60-yard gain."
So does Mullen stand a chance? A look back at 11 recent first-time pupil-teacher matchups suggests he does.
Only one team came within a touchdown of the Seminoles on their march to the national title, and it was the one coached by
In his second year at Oklahoma, Stoops had already spawned his own coaching tree.
A year later, Bobby Bowden found himself across the sidelines from another familiar face.
Two months before anyone cared what was on
When a man coaches the same team for more than 30 years, his coaching tree sprouts a lot of branches. Bowden had handled his pupils until the 2003 Sugar Bowl, when former FSU offensive coordinator
Sometimes, the student stabs the mentor in the back. OK,
Pete Carroll's Trojans had just won at Ohio State, but true freshman quarterback
Eagles coach Frank Spaziani and Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien served as assistants together at the Naval Academy in the late '70s. According to a