trent Dilfer Lipscomb Academy head coach Trent Dilfer congratulates CPA on their win in the Division II-AA BlueCross Bowl Football Championship game at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Aab1937

We’ve seen our fair share of curious and tradition-breaking hires in the world of football coaches recently, especially when it comes to people who don’t come into the head coaching role with the kind of experience that used to seem like a prerequisite.

Sometimes it works. Deion Sanders has done wonders at Jackson State, so much so that he’s probably going to take an FBS job soon. Meanwhile, Jeff Saturday has shown mixed results as the interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. And there’s Ed McCaffrey, who took over as head coach at Northern Colorado in his first college coaching position, with disastrous results.

UAB is hoping that the success Sanders had at Jackson State is what they can expect now that they’ve officially hired Trent Dilfer as their new head coach.

Dilfer spent 14 seasons in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. After his playing career, he spent time in the broadcasting world. In 2019, he moved into coaching by taking over Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, where he went from 5-5 in his first season to 13-1 in 2021, winning the Division II Class AA State Championship. The team will once again play for the state title this week but Lipscomb Academy said in an email to parents that Dilfer was resigning to take the UAB job on Wednesday.

It’s a pretty wild ascent and curious situation. We’ll see if it pays off for the Blazers. But in the meantime, the college football world had some strong reactions to the news.


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Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to