Challenges facing new coordinators 

July, 20, 2012
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As we run headlong into conference media days, the men who will have the most microphones and camera lenses pointed in their direction will be the high profile new head coaches. Guys like Urban Meyer, Mike Leach, Kevin Sumlin, Larry Fedora, Rich Rodriguez and John L. Smith.

But while they're sitting in hotel ballrooms surrounded by reporters, the coaches with the hardest jobs will be back on campus, trudging through depth charts and film study. That would be the coordinators, the men charged with ultimately implementing the game plans for which those head coaches will either be cheered or run out of town.

With all due respect to the bosses, it's those recently relocated coordinators who face the steepest learning curves.

Each has his own story and unique challenges. And, as always, they will be the first to take the heat and last to receive the praise as the season plays out.


Returning to familiar surroundings

Coach: Paul Petrino, OC, Arkansas Razorbacks
Biggest challenge: His last name

Ryan McGee | email

ESPN Senior Writer

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