Dana Holgorsen’s public ESPN shout out to Bob Stitt, who was the head coach at Colorado School of Mines (D-II) after West Virginia’s 70-33 drubbing of Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl brought Stitt’s name the national recognition he had already earned from the coaching community over the years.
Holgorsen adopted Stitt’s jet sweep touch pass and the play went off for a ton of yards and gave Clemson’s defense (pre-Brent Venables) absolute fits in that bowl game.
Stitt’s success from 2000-14 there, where he compiled a 108-62 mark including an 18-5 record his last two seasons, led to him making the jump to the FCS level at the University of Montana. There, Stitt went 8-5, 6-5 and then 7-4 before being let go after three seasons at the conclusion of 2017
Montana’s football program and fan base had witnessed of some major success the past few decades where they were a staple in the FCS playoff, even making a number of national title game appearances, capturing two national titles under Don Read and Jon Glenn. While Stitt may have been building back to that level, the three years he led the program apparently didn’t show enough results fast enough for the inpatient fan base and decision makers involved.
In selling his house back in Missoula, Stitt decided to take a pretty funny parting shot on behalf of all the coaches who have been victim to a community with high expectations, coming home after a loss to see “For Sale” signs in their front yard.
We closed on our home in Missoula yesterday. I’d like to thank all the helpful people that placed “For Sale” signs in our yard the past 3 years, since we sold it without having to list it!
— Bob Stitt (@CoachBobStitt) May 22, 2018
After parting ways with Montana, Stitt wasn’t on the job hunt for long, landing an analyst job on Mike Gundy’s staff at Oklahoma State.
Seeing what Gundy, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, and now the additional flavor that Stitt will bring to the offense in Stillwater is going to make the Cowboys even more exciting come fall. Considering the success the Cowboys have had the past several seasons offensively, that’s a huge compliment.