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Darryl Rogers (born May 28, 1935) was an American football coach. He was hired by the Detroit Lions in 1985 as head coach. He went 7-9 in '85, 5-11 in '86, 4-11 in '87, and 2-9 in 1988, for a career record with the Lions of 18-40. One of his more famous quotes during his unsuccessful tenure with the Lions was when he once wondered aloud to reporters after a loss, 'What does a coach have to do around here to get fired?'. He was succeeded by Wayne Fontes. He briefly served as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 1991. After the CFL stint, Rogers was named head coach of the Arkansas Miners of the fledgling PSFL. However, the league never made it out of its first training camp and folded just 10 days before the start of the 1992 season.

Rogers previously coached at Fresno State, Arizona State, San Jose State, and Michigan State, where he won the Big Ten football title in 1978. He compiled a lifetime record of 129-84-7.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Fresno State Bulldogs (Big West Conference) (1966–1972)
1966 Fresno 7-3
1967 Fresno 3-8
1968 Fresno 7-4
1969 Fresno 6-4 1-3 T-4th
1970 Fresno 8-4 4-2 3rd
1971 Fresno 6-5 3-2 3rd
1972 Fresno 6-4-1 1-3 T-3rd
Fresno: 43-32-1 9-10
San Jose State Spartans (Big West Conference) (1973–1975)
1973 San Jose State 5-4-2 2-0-2 2nd
1974 San Jose State 8-3-1 2-2 T-2nd
1975 San Jose State 9-2 5-0 1st
San Jose State: 22-9-3 9-2-2
Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1976–1979)
1976 Michigan State 4-6-1 3-5 T-7th
1977 Michigan State 7-3-1 6-1-1 3rd
1978 Michigan State 8-3 7-1 T-1st 12
1979 Michigan State 5-6 3-5 T-6th
Michigan State: 24-18-2 19-12-1
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac 10 Conference) (1980–1984)
1980 Arizona State 7-4 5-3 4th
1981 Arizona State 9-2 5-2 T-2nd 16
1982 Arizona State 10-2 5-2 T-3rd W 32-21 Fiesta Bowl 6 6
1983 Arizona State 6-4-1 3-3-1 T-6th
1984 Arizona State 5-6 3-4 6th
Arizona State: 37-18-1 21-14-1
Total: 126-77-7 (.617)
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Monte Clark
Detroit Lions Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Wayne Fontes
Preceded by
Bob Owens
Arizona State University Head Coaches
Succeeded by
John Cooper
Preceded by
Denny Stolz
Michigan State University Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Muddy Waters
Preceded by
Dewey King
San José State Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Lynn Stiles
Preceded by
Phil Krueger
Fresno State University Head Coaches
Succeeded by
J.R. Boone
Preceded by
Mike Riley
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Urban Bowman


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