The quantity saw a downtick—only 20 new coaches were hired in 2013-14 after 31 in 2012-13—but the very top of this winter's coaching carousel was as engaging as ever, highlighted by movement at some of the biggest programs in college football.
The domino effect of that movement was important.
Charlie Strong (Louisville to Texas), James Franklin (Vanderbilt to Penn State) and Steve Sarkisian (Washington to USC) all moved from B-list positions to the A-list, opening room on the B-list for coaches on the C-list, on the C-list for coaches on the D-list, et cetera.
And although these ripples opened just 20 FBS head coaching jobs, the names that moved around were impressive. Chris Petersen was lured away from Boise State, Craig Bohl was lured away from the FCS and Bobby Petrino was readmitted to a power conference.
And that's only the start of it.
But what can we expect, reasonably, from all 20 of the new head coaches?