New Rice football coach Todd Graham led the team to its first bowl game in 45 years, for which he was granted a contract extension three days ago. To show his appreciation, Graham then took the head-coaching job at Tulsa.
Ouch. Rice finally gets a coach who can win — after years of putting up with Ken Hatfield and his outdated, inept wishbone — and he skips town at the first opportunity.
Graham was a Rice darling up until the announcement (even though the Owls did get stomped in their bowl game), but, if this message-board thread is any indication, the love affair is over.
And, if some newly spurned fans are to be believed, it never really existed anyway.
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Rice now begins yet another search for a head coach, one who will no doubt be greeted with open arms and a warm embrace. Until he leaves. -- Richard Connelly