There was a time not too long ago when people thought you had to give a college football coach at least three seasons before you could judge his performance. Times have changed. These days, coaches are regularly fired in the second season, and many others are often moved to a hot seat during the second year if things don’t go fast enough.
With the advent of the transfer portal and skyrocketing salaries, patience has run out like never before. Rebuilds are supposed to be done in one off-season, and if a coach hasn’t shown clear signs of improvement by the end of his second season, there’s a prevailing view that he never will.
I think now is the time to evaluate the FBS trainers who have just completed their second season of work. There have been 17 changes to FBS positions ahead of the 2021 cycle, and while not all have been homegrown, this is a coaching class that is doing well all things considered. Let’s look at this on a case by case basis.