Coaching stability a league strength


Most college football coaches would suggest that continuity on their staff is an important component for sustained success.

It appears that Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads will welcome his entire cast of full-time assistants back for the 2011 season. That is a strong foundation.

Much like an individual school, coaching stability within a conference is key for league success. With a look towards next season, the only BCS conference that will not have a head coaching change is the Big 12 (recall that Colorado will have a new address in the Pac-12 in 2011).

Among the BCS leagues, here are the coaching changes for next year:

ACC – Maryland (Ralph Friedgen to Randy Edsall), Miami (Randy Shannon to Al Golden)
Big 12 – none
Big East – Connecticut (Edsall to Paul Pasqualoni), Pitt (Dave Wannstedt to Michael Haywood to Todd Graham)
Big Ten – Michigan (Rich Rodriguez to Brady Hoke), Indiana (Bill Lynch to Kevin Wilson), Minnesota (Tim Brewster to Jerry Kill)
Pac-12 – Colorado (Dan Hawkins to Jon Embree), Stanford (Jim Harbaugh to David Shaw)
SEC – Florida (Urban Meyer to Will Muschamp), Vanderbilt (Robbie Caldwell to James Franklin)

What conference in Division 1A had the more turnover? The MAC, with changes at Ball State, Kent State, Miami, Northern Illinois and Temple.

It may be a new look for the Big 12 this fall with 10 teams competing. But, you’ll recognize all of the head coaches returning to their posts. That stability is a league strength.

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