22 FBS teams started the 2009 season under a new head coach. Some will go on to lead their respected programs to championship-level competiveness while others will fail miserably.
But all begin the same, and that is standing behind a podium with the university's insignia all over the backdrop proclaiming a return to greatness and assuring all that the right decision was made when selecting a head coach.
Now that the regular season is over we have somewhat of an idea as to which coach is on the right track, which coach still has a lot of work to do and which coach is just running their program even further into the ground.
Listed are 11 programs out of 22 that started the 2009 season with a new head coach. Each coach has received a grade based upon a number of things but the three main factors are:
1. Wins/Improvement: Does this coach make the team better.
2. Character: How does this coach represent his university and team.
3. Recruiting: Can/is this coach bringing in talented players for the future.