A couple of notes of interest from this AP piece on how this year’s crop of newbie head coaches might do:
Remember that story about Alabama’s AD giving John Currie a spreadsheet that power ranked head coaching candidates? Welp,
The numbers also showed that coaches most likely to succeed at those schools had previous Power Five head coaching experience. Also, coaches who were previously a Power Five assistant had higher efficiency ratings than coaches who were previously a head coach at a Group of Five school.
I expected the first sentence to be the case, but the second one surprised me a little bit. Maybe there’s something to be said for already knowing how to operate in an environment of larger support staffs these days.
Speaking of previous P5 assistants, this may be the most perfect encapsulation of Jeremy Pruitt’s future you’ll read:
By virtue of not being Greg Schiano, Pruitt has Vols fans fired up about possibly having their own Kirby Smart — a Saban assistant who can implement the process. Or maybe Pruitt will be Will Muschamp? Unlike Nebraska, it does not seem as if expectations have been adjusted in Knoxville. And Alabama is still on Tennessee’s schedule every year.
I mean, really, doesn’t that hit all the high notes? (Okay, a gratuitous Fulmer reference tossed in there wouldn’t have hurt, but, still…)