19 for ’19 Offseason Topics, No. 16: The five new head coaches who’ll rock right away this season.
27 teams have new head coaches coming into the 2019 college football season.
No, it’s not the star-studded group like the 2018 class that had Jimbo Fisher, Chip Kelly, Scott Frost, Dan Mullen and Kevin Sumlin among the newbies, but it’s an interesting bunch.
Which five are about to do the most to turn around their respective programs right away? Which ones are about to payoff and rock out of the gate?
Who doesn’t make this list? Coaches who are inheriting heaters.
Ryan Day will be wonderful at Ohio State, and Eliah Drinkwitz will be a home run for Appalachian State. But they’re not going to boost up the win totals by leaps and bounds.
These are the five new coaches about to make the biggest instant impact.
5. Les Miles, Kansas
Does your head football coach have a national championship on the resumé?
Considering who he is and the star power he brings, it was slightly stunning that Miles ended up taking over at Kansas. There are far easier ways for a 65-year-old to make a living.
Miles was fired by LSU after starting out 2-2 in 2016. Kansas hasn’t won more than three games in a season since 2009.
No, The Jayhawks aren’t about to win the College Football Playoff this season just because they have a big-name head coach – ask UCLA how that first season went under Chip Kelly – but he does bring instant credibility. He also brings a whole lot of talent.
In 15 full seasons as a head coach at LSU and Oklahoma State, Miles had 14 winning campaigns, with the only dud a 4-7 run in his first year at Oklahoma State. Get ready for him to make Kansas more competitive again.
There’s work to do on the defensive front seven, and the offense needs more playmakers, but the JUCO transfers are coming in, and the team should get off to its first 2-0 start since 2011 when it plays Indiana State and Coastal Carolina.
The bar is set low. After going 3-9 last year under David Beaty, win four games, and it’s going to be a huge season and a massive step forward for a program that’s known nothing but woe and misery for a decade.