It’s hard to believe, but we’re nearing the end of the 2016 college football season. Last week’s slate of rivalry games marked the last full schedule of regular-season games, with championship weekend, bowls and the third College Football Playoff ahead. Most teams have put together a full body of work or, at the very least, 11 games worth.
It’s an excellent time to take a step back and evaluate how the 28 FBS head coaches who began the season at new programs fared this season. Some excelled. Some struggled. Others began the process of digging out from difficult situations their predecessors left behind.
We took the time to grade each first-year coach’s season, taking into account their team’s record, what they inherited and their overall accomplishments.