The turnover in college football these days is “amazing” to former Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack.
Speaking on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Monday, Wommack presented an interesting thought about the current state of coaching in college football. Wommack, who retired after this past season following five years at Ole Miss, was asked why coaches’ reputations can change so quickly in the sport these days.
“You either didn’t recruit the right one sometimes or you developed somebody that you didn’t expect that stepped up,” Wommack said on the show. “It all comes down to game-to-game (situations) and then competition. Of course, the money that’s being paid in this day and time, it’s amazing. I look at it kind of like this — at Ole Miss, I retired about a month ago. I’d only been there for five seasons, and I was the most tenured coordinator in the SEC. So, it’s amazing the turnover that’s happening in college football in this day and time.”
That’s a revealing take from someone who spent nearly four decades as a college coach. In addition to holding the title at Ole Miss, Wommack was a defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Southern Miss, UNLV, Missouri State and Bemidji State.
Wommack’s best moment with Ole Miss happened in 2014, when the Rebels finished with the top-scoring defense in the country (16 points per game). But the Rebels struggled defensively this past season during a disappointing 5-7 campaign, finishing last in the SEC in scoring defense (34 ppg).
Recently, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze completed a staff overhaul that he hopes will revive his program. Wommack isn’t wrong when he says expectations are massive these days, especially with the money involved.