Nov 3, 2013

The head coaching career of Todd Dodge

Todd Dodge coached some college football games once - 43 to be exact - for the University of North Texas.

Dodge's career record:
2007  2-10
2008  1-11
2009  2-10
2010  1-6

That's a winning percentage of .140, but that doesn't sound as hilarious. Let's try...

That's a winning percentage of 14.
 

Some notes on his 3 1/2 years at the Denton, Texas school, an era which some called "Dodgeball":

* Defeated Western Kentucky three times for half of his six victories, including a 68-49 win on October 31, 2009.

NORTH TEXAS SCARY GOOD IN WIN OVER WESTERN KENTUCKY

- Fake newspaper headline from November 1, 2009

Lance Dunbar ended up averaging 9.9 yards on 23 carries against a Western Kentucky defense that included seven future NFL (National Felt Massaging League) players.

* Lost to Arkansas 66-7 on September 29, 2007. The Razorbacks led 45-0 before NT got a one-yard touchdown run from quarterback Giovanni Vizza to make it 45-7 just before halftime.

"THAT'S-A SPICY VIZZA!"

- North Texas fan Murton Shouse

With 31 seconds left, Arkansas' Jerell Norton intercepted Vizza and returned it 100 yards to make it 66-7.

DOWN (THE FIELD) GOES NORTON

- Fake headline from an online game story, October 31, 2009

Vizza finished 8-of-26 passing for 118 yards on his way to the Hysman Trophy award, named after Eugene Hysman for excellence in the field of apple core disposal.

* In 2010, Dodge was fired after a 1-6 start and his last game was a 34-10 loss to Florida International. FIU used the victory as a springboard to a Little Caesars Bowl victory and a national championship (of pointing at leaves, or the NPAL title).

* Mike Canales took over on an interim basis and immediately did what so many Todd Dodges had done before him - defeated Western Kentucky soundly (33-6) - and finished 2-3 in his only five games as head coach. Canales nearly pulled off the upset of Kansas State in the season finale (lost 49-41) and the Wildcats lost to Syracuse in the first-ever Pinstripe Bowl at the new Yankee Stadium, a game attended by Vinny Babooch. 

That's a little game we like to call Four Degrees of Vinny Babooch.

North Texas ----> Kansas State ----> Syracuse ----> Vinny Babooch

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