New Head Coach Win Expectations For 2017

New Head Coach Win Expectations For 2017

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New Head Coach Win Expectations For 2017

New Head Coach Win Expectations For 2017


What are the reasonable expectations for all the new head coaches?


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– CFN Preview 2017

New Head Coach Win Expectations

Tom Allen, Indiana

– Indiana Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: 2015 defensive coordinator at South Florida – D led the American Athletic Conference. In 2016 after he left, D was 120th in the nation giving up 130 more yards per game.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Get to at least six wins and a bowl game.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Bowl appearances each season, come up with at least one shocking season with a top three finish in the Big Ten East.

Major Applewhite, Houston

– Houston Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Threw for 473 yards leading Texas to a 2001 Holiday Bowl win over Washington.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Win the American Athletic Conference championship – something Tom Herman couldn’t do last year.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: At least two AAC titles in five years, at least three ten-win seasons.

Brent Brennan, San Jose State

– San Jose State Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Wide receivers coach at Oregon State from 2011 to 2016.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Five wins and flirt with a bowl appearance.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: At least one West Division title, and at least three bowl appearances.

Jeff Brohm, Purdue

– Purdue Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: 22-5 with two Conference USA championships in the last two seasons.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Five wins, and pushing for a sixth and possible bowl eligibility.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Three bowl appearances, one Big Ten West title.

Geoff Collins, Temple

– Temple Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: 2015 & 2016 Florida defensive coordinator.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Despite Temple winning ten games and the 2016 American Athletic Conference championship, win six games and go bowling.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Build team back up, win at least one American Athletic Conference title, go bowling at least three times.

Butch Davis, Florida International

– FIU Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: 51-20 as the Miami Hurricane head coach from 1995 to 2000. 4-0 in bowls including 2001 Sugar Bowl with 11-1 team. Set foundation for a national champion.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Six wins and a bowl appearance.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Go to a few bowl games, make FIU a Conference USA player, leave program better than he found it as he leaves for bigger gig.

Randy Edsall, Connecticut

– UConn Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Lead UConn to Fiesta Bowl in 2010. Won two Big East titles.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Five wins. Steady improvement leading to a big 2018.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: At least three bowl appearances, at least one American Athletic Conference championship.

Shawn Elliott, Georgia State

Georgia State Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Did what he could after Steve Spurrier quit on his 2015 South Carolina team. Went 1-5 as the interim head man.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Five wins – a two-win improvement – and flirting with a six-win bowl season.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: At least three bowl appearances, one Sun Belt title.

Luke Fickell, Cincinnati

– Cincinnati Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Ohio State co-defensive coordinator from 2012 to 2016.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: A big turnaround from a 4-8 season, going at least 8-4 and be in the American Athletic Conference East division race.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: At least two East titles, at least one American Athletic Conference title, and a good enough few years to propel Fickell to a bigger gig.

P.J. Fleck, Minnesota

– Minnesota Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: 13-1 in 2016 with Western Michigan with a MAC title and a Cotton Bowl appearance.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Win at least eight games, be in the Big Ten West title hunt, win a bowl game.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Bowl appearances every year with at least one Big Ten West title. A few wins over Wisconsin – finally.

Tom Herman, Texas

Texas Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Went 22-4 in two years at Houston with 2015 Peach Bowl win.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Get to the Big 12 Championship.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Get to the Big 12 Championship in four of the next five years, win at least two of them, get to at least two College Football Playoffs, win at least one national title.

Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic

– Florida Atlantic Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: USC head coach from 2010 to 2013; Offensive coordinator for 2015 Alabama national championship team.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Make Florida Atlantic three wins better. Get to a bowl game.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Get FAU to two bowl games in the next two seasons, make it a factor in the 2018 C-USA East race, bolt for a Power Five gig.

Tim Lester, Western Michigan

Western Michigan Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: One of the top passers in college football history, he threw for over 11,000 career yards with 87 touchdowns.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Repeat as the MAC champion, even in a rebuilding year.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Win two of the next three MAC West titles, win at least one MAC championship, move on.

Matt Luke, Ole Miss

Ole Miss Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Hugh Freeze’s offensive coordinator for the last five seasons and handled the offensive line. A high-riser in the assistant coaching ranks, he’s getting his shot.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Come up with a winning season and look the part as the type of head coach to hire on full-time.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Make the program look like there’s the potential for something special after the NCAA sanctions go away, be a regular in the bowl picture – if he gets the job.

Jay Norvell, Nevada

– Nevada Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Assistant offensive coordinator at Oklahoma from 2008 to 2014.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Make Nevada interesting with an offense that should throw for a gajillion yards, finish no worse than second in the West Division, get to a bowl game.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Win at least one Mountain West title, become a factor in the race every year.

Matt Rhule, Baylor

– Baylor Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Won 2016 American Athletic Conference championship at Temple. Went 20-7 over the last two seasons.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Rebuild the football program and the reputation, going to a bowl along the way.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Play in at least one Big 12 Championship, go to a bowl every year.

Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: The catalyst for the new wave of the Oklahoma offense after being hired on as the offensive coordinator in 2015. He turned Baker Mayfield from good to Heisman-special on the way to two Big 12 Championships.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Big 12 championship or bust – and knock on the College Football Playoff door.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Win at least three of the next five Big 12 championships, and at least get to the Big 12 title game in four of the next five seasons. And get to the College Football Playoff at least twice.

Mike Sanford, WKU

– WKU Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Notre Dame offensive coordinator in 2015 & 2016.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Win the Conference USA East title again, take the program to the conference title game for a third straight year and a bowl game for a fourth straight season.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Keep the offensive production going, win at least two Conference USA titles, go to a bowl every year he’s the head coach, take a bigger job as soon as possible – potentially Boise State if Bryan Harsin moves on.

Charlie Strong, South Florida

– South Florida Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: 23-3 record over final two seasons at Louisville, winning the 2013 Sugar Bowl.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Win the American Athletic Conference championship.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Play for the American Athletic Conference championship every year – or come really, really close. Come up with one run that puts USF in the College Football Playoff discussion.

Willie Taggart, Oregon

– Oregon Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Went 10-2 in 2016 at South Florida.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Win the Pac-12 North title – or finish a close second.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Win at least three Pac-12 North titles, win at least two Pac-12 championships, get to at least one College Football Playoff.

Jeff Tedford, Fresno State

– Fresno State Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: Won share of 2006 Pac-10 title and Holiday Bowl; Aaron Rodgers.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Make the nation’s ninth-worst offense better. Win at least four games.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Turn it around by 2018, be in the Mountain West title hunt by 2019, go to at least three bowl games, win at least one Mountain West championship.

Justin Wilcox, California

California Preview

Top Line of the Resumé: 2016 Wisconsin defensive coordinator – the Badgers finished seven in the nation in total D, third against he run, fourth in scoring.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Be one win better and get to a bowl game with six wins; greatly improve the nation’s fourth-worst defense and second-worst run defense.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Get to a bowl game each season, be in the hunt for the Pac-12 North title by 2019.

– CFN Preview 2017

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