Gus Duggerton, otherwise known as Coach Duggs, started a new era on Rocky Top on Tuesday night, accepting the Tennessee Vols’ offer to become the program’s new head coach just minutes after winning the Cotton Bowl with Texas Tech.
It will be the fifth school in five years that Coach Duggs has been with.
The suddenly red hot coaching commodity started his career as the offensive coordinator at Toledo in 2013, helping lead the program to a MAC championship. He parlayed his success at Toledo into a gig as Florida State’s offensive coordinator.
In his one season in Tallahassee, Coach Duggs helped the Seminoles win an Epic Fiesta Bowl showdown against UCONN.
— Barstool Gametime (@StoolGametime) April 18, 2020
Keeping true to his vagabond nature, Duggs turned down an extension from Florida State and headed west to become the offensive coordinator at USC in 2015.
His one season at USC resulted in a Rose Bowl win.
The Trojans scored 59 points in the Rose Bowl on their way to a 59-56 win against Michigan State. It was a thrilling game that helped turned Duggs into one of the most wanted coaches in the country.
🌹ROSE BOWL CHAMPIONS!!!🌹
USC and Coach Duggs finish the season with a thrilling 59-56 win in the Rose Bowl vs. Michigan State.
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) May 5, 2020
Coach Duggs quickly turned down offers from UCF, USF and Minnesota.
Texas Tech, coming off a 2-10 season, offered Duggerton and he immediately accepted the offer from the Big 12 program.
And oh man what a job Duggerton did in his first year as a head coach. Coach Duggs took a 2-10 team and led them to a 10-3 season, including a win in the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M.
Farmers fought valiantly, but Duggs is a Cotton Bowl Champ!
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) May 20, 2020
Oddly enough, Coach Duggs was interviewing for jobs just hours before the Cotton Bowl!
BREAKING: @TexasTechFB @CoachDuggs interviewed today with Georgia, Tennessee & Cal, hours before tonight’s @CottonBowlGame w/ @AggieFootball, sources told @Stadium. Other schools still in mix, but “it makes you wonder where his head is at to interview on game day” source said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 19, 2020
It didn’t take Coach Duggs long to turn down an offer from Georgia, eventually accepting Tennessee’s offer to take the reigns on Rocky Top (thanks in part to a late push from Peyton Manning).
Air Duggs has arrived 🍔
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 20, 2020
Duggs hasn’t stayed anywhere for more than a year, so he received some friendly advice from former Vols head coach Lane Kiffin.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) May 20, 2020
So what are the expectations for Coach Duggs at Tennessee?
Well after the job he did with Texas Tech (2-10 to 10-3), it’s championship or bust in Knoxville.
The Vols have been down on their luck lately, but they’re still in a better place than Texas Tech was when Duggs took over in Lubbock.
Tennessee has the talent, they just need the right coach to get them to the top of college football. Duggerton is an offensive guru that’s proved he can quickly turn around a program, and he’ll have plenty to work with at UT.
Of course, the only question is if Coach Duggs is successful at Tennessee and brings home a Natty, will he stay in Knoxville?
Duggerton has turned down an extension every step of the way. Maybe in the SEC at Tennessee is where he’ll finally feel at home.
If he leaves after one year, it could inspire Kiffin-like riots. But if his one year results in a national championship coming back to Rocky Top, maybe the riots won’t be too intense.
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