The new-coach trajectory of a brief adjustment period followed by team buy-in seems to be the best formula for success. It is close to a fact of life that college football coaches who win a national title do so in their first few years. Since 2000, every title but two has been won by a coach in his second, third or fourth year with his team — or by a coach who has already done so with the same team. The same can be said of the head coaches for most runners-up.
Year 3 might be particularly magical for winning titles, with recent examples including Lloyd Carr at Michigan (1997); Pete Carroll at Southern California (2003); Les Miles at Louisiana State (2007); Nick Saban at Alabama (2009); and Urban Meyer at Ohio State (2014).
Okay, Kirby. You’re on the clock.