12-14-2001, 04:39 PM
Was there ever any sort of "transition" episode or at least a scene when Coach Fuller (Reggie Theus) left and Coach Katowinski (Dick Butkus) came in? The way I remember it, in Fuller's last episode the team won a title and he had gotten an offer to coach college ball. This would have been the perfect opportunity to write Theus/Fuller out of the series...but iirc they went for the cliched "happy ending" with Fuller turning down the college job to stay...This made no sense cause in the "next" episode, the opener to the following season, Theus is gone and Dick Butkus is the new coach! What?! Was there an attempt to explain why Fuller left so suddenly? I mean the Engel shows were never noted for continuity but *sheesh* this was ridiculous by any standard. If Theus was leaving the show, he should've been written out by taking that college offer in his last ep..!