"There were days I wanted to do something different, that's just being human," Clark said in July. "I want what's best for me, what's best for my family. There were days with ups and downs, but there was a reason for all that."
He didn't do something different. He remained in Birmingham and fought for his program. And less than three years after the Blazers' nightmare, the 49-year-old is not only coaching again, he's coaching a bowl-bound team.
Tony Sanchez is not getting enough credit for his work at UNLV. Three years after taking over one of the worst programs in the FBS, the Runnin' Rebels are two wins away from bowl eligibility for the second time since 2003.
Their Week 1 loss to Howard and non-sexiness of a .500 season — at best- will keep the former Bishop Gorman coach from winning any national awards but he's still worthy of consideration.
A year after injuries, oddities and other factor sent Michigan State to nine losses, their most in program history, Mark Dantonio has the Spartans back in Big Ten title contention with a 5-1 start in the conference, including wins over Michigan and Penn State.
Gary Patterson has a history of quick turnarounds, so while the Horned Frogs' return to Big 12 contention after a disappointing 2016 isn't surprising, the 18th-year head coach still deserves significant praise.
Despite a loss at Iowa State, TCU can still win out and make the College Football Playoff.
Even with a cancelled non-conference game, Miami is still headed toward their first 10-win season in 14 years. And more importantly, Mark Richt also has the 'Canes in contention for a playoff berth and their first-ever ACC title.
Kirby Smart has already delivered Georgia's first division title in five years and is a win at Auburn away from securing a playoff spot, assuming they take care of business vs. Kentucky and Georgia Tech.
A year after Fresno State went 1-11 and had zero wins over FBS teams, Jeff Tedford has the Bulldogs atop the West division. Three of their four conference wins have come by at least 17 points, including a 24-point demolition of San Diego State.
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