Like several other new coaches around the college football landscape, Al Golden has renewed hope at the University of Miami in just a short time on the job.
Although he has yet to step on the field for a game that counts, Golden has brought the right attitude and the right mindset to Coral Gables.
Golden is intense, engaging and charismatic, but he is also an extremely motivated individual with a tireless work ethic. He is also obsessively organized and intent on returning the University of Miami back to its dominant ways of the 1980s and early 2000s.
Any school in search of a head coach will look for an individual who is smart and hard working, but one who also has his finger on the pulse of the fanbase while maintaining a sense for the team's history.
Al Golden has already said and done all the right things during his time with the Hurricanes. Many other coaches, however, would have been capable of doing the same so far.
Around college football, 11 major conference schools switched head coaches this offseason.
With spring football having come and gone, these coaches now have four months to prepare their players for the only part of their job that ultimately matters: generating wins on the football field.
What follows is a list of the eight most promising candidates among these new coaches and some predictions for how their schools will fare moving forward.