Coaching changes can result in many positives: more wins, better recruiting, ehanced program support, and-maybe if you get lucky-a ring.
As evidenced by this past weeks' quick change of events in Knoxville, coaching changes can be also be a devastating thing to a program.
Major recruiting losses, lowered expectations, lessened program support, the deep digging into pockets all come in result of one man leaving his respected football team, either by force or by choice.
No matter what the situation or scenario is, it's a tough thing to overcome that can only be healed in time.
The first questions always asked around this time of year are, "Will coach leave? If not now, then when?"
When the highly-liked, favored, and supported coach, or even an ill-mannered, selfish coach (without naming names), on any college campus takes the first door out, the second question that faces the program is instantaneously "Now who?"
For these five programs, that question may not have been researched or assessed as closely as their fans would have liked.
The final product isn't what these five fans were requesting.
On Decemember 10th, Ianello was introduced as the new head coach of the Zips.
Taking over for J.D. Brookhart (30-42 in six seasons), Ianello comes to Akron after serving as an assistant head coach for the Fighting Irish last season under Charlie Weis. In addition to focusing on the offense, he played a critical role in pulling in many of the Irish elite recruits in the past few seasons.
However, the knock here is that Ianello doesn't have the resume for the title of head coach at Akron, or maybe even at any mid-major program in the country for that matter.
For most of his career, dating back to the early 90's, Ianello has spent most of his time on the recruiting trail rather than the practice field. Although he is known as a fantastic wide receivers position coach, leading guys like Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, he received this offer because of Notre Dame's name rather than his own.
The major flaw that lies in his resume is that he has yet to be an on-the-field coordinator thus far.
Before I begin, be reminded that this list is based on the worst hires, not the worst coaches.
This is especially important to point out in the case of Tuberville.
In the past, he has been a fantastic coach and a likeable guy on and off the field. With a proven track record, he was a pretty big name to fill the shoes of recently forced-out Mike Leach from West Texas.
Tech flourished under Leach's system with a high-powered, passing attack. Due to this, the Red Raiders were turned into consistent bowl contenders overnight.
However, Tuberville and Leach are coaches' with two different mindsets-and game plans. If his teams at Auburn were of any indication, Tech better hope they can find any type of defense by next year.
With West Texas being a difficult place to recruit to, Tuberville has his hands full at his newest gig. Pulling in top recruits will be harder than ever for him, and it will be interesting to see what Tuberville does with his passing-oriented personnel.
Taggart takes over for David Elson after being hired quite early on Nov. 23rd.
Elson, who lead WKU to a defeated season in their first D-I year, was shown the door after not meeting expectations set years back.
Now, Taggart finally got his opportunity to show the nation what he has as a head football coach. However, that opportunity might have come too soon.
Next year, he will be one of the youngest coaches in the nation. Most of his players shared the same fads and music as their new leader, a sign that raises a cautionary flag.
This past season, Taggart spent his time at Stanford where he was Toby Gerhart's position coach. Now entering the NFL Draft, Gerhart may have been the defining reason for Western Kentucky to give him his chance.
He previously spent seven seasons with the program before spending three with the Cardinals. However, Taggart will have to fight for most of his recruits in Florida. Raise another flag with all of that competition on the recruiting trail these days.
At least this guy has a sweet name.
Kiffin, hired on Jan. 11th, abandoned the Volunteer nation in order to return to Southern California and his "dream" job.
Alongside his father (defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin) and Ed Orgeron, Kiffin will serve as the successor to one of the greatest head coaches ever to hit the West Coast in Pete Carroll. Carroll, who won two national championships and won 97 games in 14 seasons, is a major reason for Kiffin's name on this list.
Unless Mike Garrett had hired Urban Meyer, anyone was going to be a downgrade from Carroll. However, the timing and irony of this hire make this a terrible fit in the present moment.
With NCAA sanctions just around the corner, Garrett hired a selfish, immature 34-year old in Kiffin. Not only does he possess a personality that will turn almost anyone with a head screwed on straight off, but he lacks a proven track record.
That track record instead has been one of mediocrity.
After a disastrous internship with the Oakland Raiders, Kiffin led the Volunteers last season to an underwhelming 7-6 season. On top of this, he was able to violate NCAA rules six times in only one year at the helm of a program.
The only thing that keeps Kiffin away from the number one spot on this list are the people who are surrounding him on the sidelines.
Dooley, you ask?
While many have heard Vince Dooley's name plenty of more times than his son Derek's, Volunteer athletic director Mike Hamilton was blown away in the interview process by this young head coach.
Hired Friday afternoon, Dooley comes to Knoxville straight from Louisiana Tech where he served in a duel role as athletic director and head football coach.
Taking over for the beforementioned Kiffin, Dooley has his hand's full. With Vol fans storming the streets after The King of Secondary Violation's departure, they still may not leave after the new hiring. When the likes of David Cutliffe, Will Muschamp, and plenty of other prominent names today in college football turned down Hamilton's offer, he looked to an unproven, inexperienced former attorney in Dooley.
The one thing that stands out on his resume is the fact that he has learned the game of football not through his father, but through Nick Saban. Dooley spent six seasons on the sidlelines with him at LSU and in Miami.
Although Dooley seems to have the make-up of a head football coach, making the transition from Louisiana Tech to Knoxville will be a difficult one, especially in the current state of depression that the Volunteers have found themselves in.
Remind you, this is the same guy that went a whopping 17-20 at his previous stop in only three seasons.