I have gathered the following information from several folks on both here and other websites. I have verified each of these thru the following media: Star Telegram, Dallas Morning News, Notre Dame media guide, Western Michigan media guide and The Red and White from State, a NC State newspaper.
I have tried to put everything from various posts together so you can see everything in one shot. It's long, and it's sad.
Here is a resume of the past 16 years of Gary Darnell. For this analysis, I only went back to his Notre Dame tenure. Prior to that, he was at Florida and had several other stops along the way. However, I didn't go back that far with my research, so for this analysis, I will say that Notre Dame was his first stop. In reality, even if his prior stops were all glowing successes, if you have a 16 year track record of failure, does
it matter what he did prior before then?
First stop - 1990 - 1991 - 2
years at Notre Dame – TOTAL FAILURE
Here is what Darnell did at Notre Dame. He took over a defense that was top 25 before he came, and turned that defense into the 73rd ranked defense in the country. Then, when he left, his replacement got them back to top 20.
Two years prior to Darnell
1988 - ND total defensive rank = 13th
1989 - ND total defensive rank = 14th
Two years while Darnell was at ND
1990 - ND total defensive rank = 73rd
1991 - ND total defensive rank = 73rd
Two years after Darnell left ND
1992 - ND total defensive rank = 32nd
1993 - ND total defensive rank = 20th
TOP 20 TO 73rd and back to TOP 20!!
Second stop - 5
years at t.u. – TOTAL FAILURE
t.u. defense averaged 374 yards per game against HORRIBLE SWC teams. Darnell left t.u. (not sure if he was fired, or left on his own) with the fans hating him. His defenses were flat horrible. In fact, his tenure at t.u. was so bad, he burned almost every bridge with the Texas 4A and 5A football coaches. That's why the sips (who also know Texas High School Coaches) ran him out of town.
Here is a quote from The Star Telegram
Darnell spent five seasons as an assistant at Texas, the final three, 1994-96, as defensive coordinator under former coach John Mackovic. Darnell’s defenses allowed 4,396 yards of total offense in 1995 and 4,476 yards in 1996. Those marks rank as two of three highest-yielding Texas defenses since at least 1953.
TWO of the WORST defenses in 40 years!!! I'm going to be sick.
Third stop - 7.5 years at Western Michigan – TOTAL FAILURE
He did have some success early, but ended up getting fired. In fact, in every year xcept 2, the team he fielded did worse than his team the previous year.
1997 - 8-3, 1998 - 7-4 - Worse than previous year
1998 - 7-4, 1999 - 7-5 - Worse than previous year
1999 - 7-5, 2000 - 9-3 - Better than previous year
2000 - 9-3, 2001 - 5-6 - Worse than previous year
2001 - 5-6, 2002 - 4-8 - Worse than previous year
2002 - 4-8, 2003 - 5-7 - Better than previous year (not by much)
2003 - 5-7, 2004 - 1-10 - Worse than previous year and he gets fired.
Last year - UNEMPLOYED.
Basically you have the last 16 years of Darnell’s accomplishments as follows:
’90-’91 – TOTAL FAILURE - Took top 20 defense to a 73rd ranking for two years in a row. When gone, ND immediately returns to top 20 level.
’92-96 – TOTAL FAILURE - Took t.u.'s defense to their worst levels in 40 years.
’97-04 – TOTAL FAILURE - Fired in mid-season from a MAC school
’05 – UNEMPLOYED - About says it all right there
THAT’S SIXTEEN YEARS OF COACHING FAILURE!!!!
Staff, since this post is based on facts and not outlandish opinions, please don't ban me. However, if you do think that this post should be deleted, I will understand.
And I promised a little discussion of playing with maniacs...later today...