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Parrish out at Ball State

This just in: Ball State has fired Stan Parrish as its football coach.

What, you thought athletic director Tom Collins was serious with that vote of confidence bit a month or so ago?

The tune was certainly different today, with the school apparently attempting to buy out the last two years of Parrish's deal. When that option went by the books after contract talks broke down, firing him became the next option.

Reluctant as I am to say it -- because I happen to like Parrish personally -- it should have been the first, second, third and fourth option. As gifted a position coach and coordinator as he is, Parrish has never remotely had success as a head coach on this level. At Ball State, he went 6-18 in two seasons and wrapped up a 4-8 campaign with a dismal 59-21 crater job against Northern Illinois on Saturday.

It was the most points ever given up in a conference game by a Ball State football team, and underlined in bold strokes why bringing Parrish back again next year would only have left his successor with an even formidable rebuilding job than he'll already have.

Ben Smith's blog.