The most interesting 0.0 coach might be Paul Rhoads. The defensive coordinator who helped Pitt upset West Virginia in 2007 is just 11-18 in two years at Iowa State, but hey, expectations aren't that high in Ames.
For the record, Dana Holgorsen is 0.5 at WVU (the same as Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech and Rich Rodriguez in his first year at Arizona) and Doc Holliday is 2.5 at Marshall (the same as Mark Richt at Georgia and Al Golden at Miami, among a whole bunch of others).
Remember Tom Savage, the wunderkind at Rutgers a few years ago? He's now at Pitt after a stop at Arizona. Maryland's Danny O'Brien, still reeling from his one-play appearance against West Virginia in 2010 (he was walloped by Bruce Irvin), is not only at Wisconsin now but has two years of immediate eligibility thanks to graduating in three years. If LSU fulfills its potential as a top-5 team this year, it will be with former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Those are just at the tip of the tongue. It takes a little digging to find some, like the potential starter at James Madison, WVU's second opponent this season. He's Lafonte Thourogood, who in February of 2011 was a Virginia Tech commitment and had also been offered by WVU. But the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Virginia Beach instead signed with Vanderbilt, then redshirted as a freshman and was moved to running back. He transferred to JMU in early June and is immediately eligible.
Not that this is a new phenomenon. Cam Newton (Florida to Auburn via junior college) and Russell Wilson (N.C. State to Wisconsin) are the most recent success stories in a second life. Troy Aikman was probably the most successful of all time, quarterbacking an Oklahoma team that would, after he broke his ankle, eventually win a national title in 1985 under Jamelle Holieway, then transferring and leading UCLA to a 20-4 record in two years.
West Virginia (Jake Kelchner) and Marshall (Eric Kresser) have had QBs transfer in and start. WVU has had them transfer out, too, the latest being Barry Brunetti, who started at Mississippi as soon as he left Morgantown.
It would just be so much easier if we had a program, wouldn't it?
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.