College Football's Crazy Weekend

College football is arguably the most chaotic sport around. With upsets and crazy games each week, you never know what is coming next. This week, there was full blown chaos and that has nothing to do with major upsets. Over the span of the last few days the following has occurred: three head coaches fired, one head coach retired, one athletic director resigned and one starting quarterback for a nationally ranked team was suspended for the season. Just your normal weekend in college football, right? Let's start at the beginning, when a report came out that the University of Maryland was going to fire head coach Randy Edsall after their game against Ohio State. With a 22-34 career record for the Terrapins, he never found much success with the team, but the timing was strange nonetheless. Edsall was left hanging by the administration and coached what was a lame duck game against the number one team in the nation (Ohio State). The game was tied at 21 early in the third quarter before the Buckeyes pulled away, ending Edsall's tenure. What would have happening if he had pulled off the upset though, would he still have been fired? The timing was very strange in this case. The second head coach to be fired this past weekend suffered a cruel fate as well. Dan McCarney's North Texas squad was demolished 66-7 at home against Portland State, an FCS school, dropping them to 0-5. If the loss wasn't embarrassing enough, consider that the Mean Green paid the Vikings $425,000 to play the game. The North Texas athletic director was so embarrassed by the team's performance that he fired McCarney right after the game was over in a press conference that occurred instead of normal postgame interviews with the team. North Texas isn't a team that is on the national radar and this isn't what it wants to be in the news for. Of course, the firing everyone knows about was Steve Sarkisian's departure from Southern California. After initially taking a leave of absence from the team, USC decided to fire their second-year head coach just one day later, as they further investigate the extent of his drinking habits. It has been reported that he was drunk on the sideline for the Arizona State game (USC still won 42-14) and had showed up to meetings not sober. At this point, we can only hope that Sarkisian, who has entered rehab, is able to get the help he needs. The head coach at USC is one of the most high-profile coaching jobs in the nation and has had its fair share of controversy over recent years, but nothing quite compares to this. A team that has absolutely stunk it up so far this season is Central Florida, who sit at an ugly 0-6, just two years after winning the Fiesta Bowl. A record doesn't always give justice to a team's performance, but the Knights record does. Feeling the pressure to win, head coach George O'Leary resigned from his position as interim athletic director to focus on his role as the head coach of the Knights. Was his role as interim athletic director affecting O'Leary's job as a head coach? Who knows. What we do know is that the Central Florida football team looks like a shell of its former shelf. Staying in Florida, the state's highest-ranked team suffered a major loss. The University of Florida's turnaround into a top-tier football program again is one of the best stories in college football so far and the team looked to have a clear path through the SEC East. However, they are going to have to finish the season––and start 2016––without starting quarterback Will Grier, who was suspended one year for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Grier's play under center is one of the main reasons the Gators have been playing so well. No crazy college football talk would be complete without a suspension, right? The craziest news of the past few days actually broke while I was already writing this article. South Carolina's head coach Steve Spurrier, the Head Ball Coach himself, announced his retirement, effective immediately. South Carolina is coming off a down 2014 season (7-6 record) and was on the same path this year (2-4 record), with three top-10 teams left on the schedule. There had been talk that Spurrier might eventually step down due to the Gamecocks struggles and his age (70), but this move appeared suddenly. The Head Ball Coach no doubt left his mark on the game. He retires with the 13th-most victories in college football history (228), but he will forever be known for his quirkiness that would have made him a legend even without him being an excellent coach. I think I speak for everyone when I say there will never be another coach like Steve Spurrier. Spurrier's retirement is the perfect cap to an absolutely crazy weekend in college football that will almost certainly never be seen again. Welcome to college football and don't forget to embrace the craziness. Matt Pearce is a graduate of National Football Post’s Introduction to Scouting and Scouting Boot Camp and is a journalism student at the University of Nebraska. Follow him on Twitter@Matt_Pearce13

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