A look at coaches or managers who, after being hired, have either resigned or been fired before coaching a game:
Bill Belichick, Jets
Hired: Jan. 3, 2000; Resigned: Jan. 4, 2000
Belichick scribbled on a napkin that he was resigning as the “HC of the NYJ” just minutes before a press conference naming him as head coach of the Jets. After delivering a half-hour speech declaring his reasons for departing, Belichick eventually bolted for the Patriots.
Wally Backman, Diamondbacks
Hired: Nov. 1, 2004; Fired: Nov. 4, 2004
Once a rising managerial star within the Diamondbacks organization, Backman was fired once news surfaced about his past legal and financial problems. The former Met did not reveal his two previous arrests or that he had financial problems involving the IRS and others before being hired by Arizona.
Rollie Massimino, Nets
Hired: June 19, 1985; Resigns: June 19, 1985
Massimino, born in Hillside, N.J., had verbally agreed to take the Nets job only months after coaching Villanova to the NCAA Tournament men’s title over Georgetown. After lengthy negotiations, he rejected the reported 10-year offer worth $2.1 million only hours before the Nets scheduled the news conference of…