BTW, one useful thing about that Connelly preview of Florida is that he linked to an old Football Outsiders post of his about new coaching hires that I searched like mad for when Georgia hired Kirby Smart and couldn’t find.
Here’s the link. Read it and maybe you’ll understand a little better about my frustration with the hiring process (using the term loosely, ya’ know) that led to Smart’s hire.
Two-year change at BCS Conferences Based on Coaching Type
Coaching Type N 1st Yr
Applicable 2010 Teams College Assistant 30 -0.8% +1.4% Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt BCS Conf. Coach 18 +0.5% +5.4% Notre Dame, Texas Tech, USC Non-BCS Conf. Coach 12 -0.8% +2.3% Cincinnati, Kansas, South Florida, Tennessee Fired BCS Conf. Coach 5 +2.0% -1.1% NFL 7 -7.6% -4.8% FCS Coach 4 -5.0% -16.0% Virginia Grand Total 76 -1.2% +0.8%
The odds favor bringing on another BCS head coach. That — obviously — doesn’t mean Smart wouldn’t click, but it also strongly suggests that McGarity, who had the premier opening in college football to fill, just as obviously didn’t make much of an effort at performing his due diligence. Sometimes things just work out.