Grading Every New College Football Head Coach After Week 1

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Grading Every New College Football Head Coach After Week 1
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Bill O'Brien of Penn State

More than 22 percent of FBS programs have a new head coach in 2012. These 28 schools have ushered in new eras for their football teams with these hires.

A new season brings new challenges for all college football programs, but those with new head coaches often create more questions for themselves. How will the team respond to changes in coaching philosophies? How will the university communities respond to the new head coaches? Perhaps most importantly, has the new head coach brought improvement from the program’s previous season?

In Week 1, it is difficult to accurately assess the performances of new head coaches for multiple reasons.

One, Week 1 games are usually nonconference games, so teams are usually not playing teams with which they must compete for the entire season.

Two, teams will not always be immediately comfortable playing under new coaching philosophies. Aside from true freshmen, everyone on the team was recruited to play under the old system employed by the previous head coach.

Three, the players have not played in a meaningful football game in at least eight months. Not only do teams with new head coaches have to shake off the rust, but they come into game situations with new playbooks

Despite not being able to answer all the questions after one game, Week 1 performances can provide some insight into how successful the new head coaches might be throughout the season.

In this slideshow, I will grade each new head coach in FBS based on how his team played in Week 1.

Let’s get out the red marking pen.

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