Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
Originally Posted by cowboy82nd
Erickson won more national titles and had a higher winning percentage with Jimmy's players than Jimmy did with Jimmy's players. He won 2 titles and played for another. Dennis Erickson won 29 straight games with that group of kids until he lost to Gene Stallings and Alabama in the '93 Sugar Bowl. They hadn't lost a game since Notre Dame in 1990. Coaches aren't "handed" that. Erickson had a resume rebuilding programs long before he went to Miami.
Jimmy inherited a national championship team and won with Schnellenberger's players the same way. Gene Stallings won a title with Bill Curry's players. Bob Stoops won a title with John Blake's players. Les Miles won a title with Nick Saban's players. Nick Saban won a title with Mike Shula's players. Gene Chizik won a title with Tommy Tuberville's players. Tuberville replaced Sonny Lubick as defensive coordinator for Miami under Erickson after Lubick left for Colorado St. We can do this nonsense all day.
Barry Switzer won a superbowl with Jimmy's players in Dallas. The significance of both was that it didn't require Jimmy for those players to win.
Jimmy was a decent coach who's brilliance was in his eye for talent.