In a span of 24 hours this week, three legendary soccer coaches – Invoice Belichick, Nick Saban and Pete Carroll – stepped away from positions they’ve held for greater than 50 years mixed.
Saban introduced his retirement after 17 seasons at Alabama, the place he gained six of his seven nationwide championship, whereas Belichick mutually agreed to half methods with the New England Patriots after 24 seasons and 6 Tremendous Bowl titles.
Carroll, in the meantime, will transition into an advisory position with the Seattle Seahawks after 14 seasons and one Tremendous Bowl victory as head coach. He additionally led USC to a pair of nationwide titles earlier than that, making him one among three coaches to perform each (Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer).
With that, we’ve determined to take a logo-centric look again at their careers, from their humble beginnings as graduate or particular assistants to their subsequent rise by the ranks, in addition to the logos used throughout their nationwide championship and/or Tremendous Bowl seasons.
Belichick and Saban crossed paths within the NFL on a number of events, together with their time with the Cleveland Browns, when Belichick was the top coach and Saban was his defensive coordinator from 1991-94.
There was additionally a time when Belichick was the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator and Saban was the Houston Oilers’ defensive backs coach (1988-89), in addition to when Belichick was the Patriots head coach and Saban was main the Miami Dolphins (2005-06).
Saban and Carroll by no means confronted off as head coaches on the collegiate degree, however their careers have been linked since Saban changed Carroll as Ohio State’s secondary coach in 1980 after the latter took a job as N.C. State’s defensive coordinator.
Curiously, Carroll would later get replaced by Belichick after being fired as head coach of the Patriots following the 1999 season. They squared off as first-time head coaches in 1994 and several other instances thereafter, together with Tremendous Bowl XLIX, when the Patriots defeated the Seahawks, 28-24.
That wasn’t the one time two of the coaches shared a stage, both, as Saban led LSU to the BCS nationwide championship with a 21-14 win over Oklahoma within the 2004 Sugar Bowl, whereas Carroll helped USC seize the AP title with a 28-14 victory towards Michigan within the 2004 Rose Bowl.
That marked the newest break up nationwide title in faculty soccer historical past, as the game started taking part in a standalone championship recreation in 2006 and moved to a four-team playoff in 2014. It would develop to a 12-team format subsequent season.