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Kevin Higgins to the Citadel?

Former Lehigh head coach coach Kevin Higgins, recently let go by the Detroit Lions as quarterbacks coach, is reportedly being interviewed for another I-AA head coaching position at the Citadel.

CSTV has the whole scoop here:
Robinson to interview 4 in Charlotte

Citadel athletic director Les Robinson will not just be watching basketball at the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte this weekend.

Robinson said Friday that he will interview up to four candidates for the job of the Bulldogs' head football coach while he's in Charlotte.

He declined to name those candidates, but two of them could be Rice offensive coordinator Scott Wachenheim and former Lehigh head coach Kevin Higgins, according to sources at The Citadel. Neither coach could be reached for comment Friday.


Higgins, 49, had a 56-25-1 record in seven seasons as head coach at Lehigh from 1994-2000, including teams that won or shared four Patriot League titles. His last three teams at Lehigh posted records of 12-1, 10-2 and 12-1.

Higgins left Lehigh for an assistant coaching job with the NFL's Detroit Lions, where he coached quarterbacks for three years and wide receivers for one year. He was let go by the Lions last month and has been in the running for a couple of NFL assistant coaching jobs.

Higgins succeeded Charleston Southern athletic director Hank Small as the head coach at Lehigh, and Higgins coached at Small's alma mater, Gettysburg College, from 1981-84. Higgins also was an assistant at Richmond from 1985-87.

A nice summation of Higgins' career, but it really doesn't do justice to what Higgins was able to accomplish here at Lehigh during his tenure. When Higgins became head coach in 1994, the Patriot League was a football conference which was a wannabe Ivy league. Now, Patriot League schools are regularly recognized in the Sports Network Top 25. Coach Higgins is one of the big reasons why this is the case.

Not only did he preside over what could be called a Lehigh dynasty in the late '90s, he brought respect to Lehigh and Patriot League football. Teams who took Higgins' teams lightly during the playoffs more often than not found themselves exiting the playoffs.

Personally, I think the Citadel would be fools to not hire Coach Higgins if they had the chance. The question is, would Coach Higgins be in a good position to succeed there? The Citadel is in the Southern Conference, with perennial powerhouses such as Appalachian St., Georgia Southern and Furman. In the past nine years, only twice have the Citadel had a winning record. The last coach was at the helm only 1 year before he went to the New York Jets as an assistant.

By the weekend, we should probably know if Higgins is going there. Stay tuned...


Anonymous said…
It's official. HIggins is the new HC at The Citadel. IMO, it is the worst decision The Citadel could have made. Higgins' credentials as a passing-oriented coach are terrific; unfortunately, you can't win at The Citadel or any other military school unless you run the ball. The only times in the past 25 years that The Citadel or the service academies have been successful, were when they ran an option offense. I can name at four candidates (3 with ties to Air Force football) who would have been better choices.

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