Ranking the coaching hires
Only a couple of jobs remain open and a few new staffs are still being formed, but the latest flurry of coaching movement is beginning to wind down. It's time to see how the ADs, presidents and boards made out with their choices. Did they outkick the coverage, so to speak? Did they do the best they could with a shrinking pool of candidates? Or should they hope for the best?
We've ranked the top 15 new hires and provided some footnotes to sum up this round of the carousel.
A couple of days before Bielema made his move, the most surprising of the past month, one coach told me to consider that not everyone is happy in their current situation, even if they're seemingly in a good one. Maybe it wasn't that Bielema was unhappy so much as he wanted a greater challenge -- or a different challenge, anyway. At least that's what he has indicated when asked why he left Wisconsin, where he was 68-24 in seven seasons.
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