Gather around, kids, and let me tell you a story about a college football coach you might now know as "Pistol Rick."
He first hit the scene in 1995 as the youthful, hip alternative to your everyday meat-and-potatoes coach. While his predecessor at the University of Colorado, Bill McCartney, was off founding Promise Keepers, a fiercely conservative religious organization, Pistol Rick was practicing his guitar to play on his coach's show.
In an ultra-cool town like Boulder, the 34-year-old coach seemed like an awesome fit. Led by prolific passer Koy Detmer, Pistol Rick's first team at CU played with a preternatural confidence to match the precocious coach. As is the case today with "It" coaching candidates like Gus Malzahn or Chip Kelly, whenever high-profile jobs came open, professional speculators inevitably brought up brought up Pistol Rick.