Firing

What is with college football fans, media and administrations with regard to the firing of coaches?  It happened again recently, as Florida residents know.  Yet another coach let go before his contract expires — before Halloween, even.  You’d think no one had ever lost to their biggest rival by more than five touchdowns before.

I will confess to a bit of bias in the other direction.  It’s easy for me to wince a bit when a disgruntled population grows fed up with the status quo and lashes out at the one behind the microphone.  Been there, done that.  I like to err on the side of patience in such matters.  Of course, the whole “How can I feed my family?” argument falls a bit flat in the context of $10 million buyouts.

It’s always easier to fire the coach than fire the players.  It’s always easy to assume someone new can come in, take the existing material, and work the same magic that was unsuccessfully requested of the previous whistle-wearer.  And sometimes it works.  Some coaches deserve firing.  Coaches know that; any coach who doesn’t needs to start working toward his real estate license.

I’m just saying, think before you chop.  God, for instance, has little to say regarding His workers in personal matters — or even their results.  Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, and note Paul’s emphasis on work ethic and faithfulness to God’s plan.  “Numbers” likely were the fault of matters beyond his control.  He approves of those who do the tough, right thing, often against the opposition of disgruntled “supporters” (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

If your coach, or whatever, is that sort of person, whatever problem might exist may not be his fault.  Food for thought.