Which five coaches made the biggest impact on the field and in the stands in the 2017 college football season?
Daily Five: Which New Coaches Made The Biggest Impact?
With all the discussion about declining attendance, which new coaches turned out to make the biggest splashes in the stands as well as on the field?
That’s why athletic directors want to come up with changes whenever the fans aren’t showing up – it affects the entire athletic department when the football team isn’t winning.
These five did the most to turn things in the right direction last season.
5. Willie Taggart, Oregon
Obviously, he went Kentucky basketball going one-and-done, but there’s a reason Florida State was interesting in him.
Part of it was his recruiting ability, and part of it was because he’s known for being able to turn around programs in a hurry.
He has never won anything big – he has yet to win a conference championship or a bowl game – but he made Western Kentucky into a factor after a year, he turned South Florida into a player again in Year Three, and at Oregon, he was able to take an underachieving squad that went 4-8 in 2016 to 7-6 last year.
Actually, he was 7-5 – he bolted for Tallahassee before the team plotzed in the Las Vegas Bowl, but it was a great stepping-stone season back to prominence. At least, that’s the hope.
With the new excitement and the success – at least before QB Justin Herbert got hurt and the schedule got harder – the attendance went up from an average of 54,677 fans per game in 2016 to 58,631 – a 3,954 fan-per-game difference. That was the fifth-best among the new head coaches.
And now it’s up to Mario Cristobal to try doing even more.