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Which teams made the best coaching hires?

As of Monday evening, 22 of 24 FBS coaching vacancies have been filled. BYU and Georgia Southern are the lone openings.

More change could come –- the NFL could always poach a coach -– but it isn’t too early to see how the Power 5 schools fared in their pursuit of new coaches.

1. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech

Fuente faced a much taller hill to climb at Memphis than he does at Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer does not leave Virginia Tech devoid of talent on either side of the ball. It would not at all be surprising to see the Hokies compete for -– or win -– the ACC Coastal in 2016.

This job, and Blacksburg, Virginia, is a tailor fit for the 39-year-old Fuente, known by friends and colleagues as a bit of an introvert.

Athletic director Whit Babcock moved nimbly during the middle of the regular season to secure one of the top mid-major prospects. Fuente and Babcock’s work in convincing veteran defensive coordinator Bud Foster to stay is icing. This was by far the best work done during the cycle; Babcock got in, got out -– and got his guy.