6 First-Year Coaches Set Up for Immediate Success

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6 First-Year Coaches Set Up for Immediate Success
Eric Gay/Associated Press
Texas coach Charlie Strong inherits a talented roster that needs toughness.

Making an immediate judgment on a head coaching hire is an exercise in futility.

There is so much we don’t know about a coach and how he fits a college football program that can’t be contained in an introductory press conference.

How will he recruit? How will he respond to his new players? Will he charm the program’s boosters?
Will he be able to compete in a new league?

Those are questions that are difficult to answer in year one, the kind of questions that flesh themselves out over three or four years.

However, today’s college football world values immediate success. "What have you done for me lately?" fans ask.

This mentality is reflected in college football’s coaching carousel, which spins to life every December and January. Some coaches are pushed out. Others move on. Still more move up to prime positions, fueling a seemingly never-ending web of rumors and intrigue.

Last winter, 19 FBS programs welcomed new head coaches. Here is a look at which new hires are primed for immediate success, leaving their new supporters happiest this fall.

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