Al Golden

Ranking College Football's New Coaches for 2011

There were 23 college football coaching changes - which one ranked as the best?
<p> There were 23 college football coaching changes in the offseason. Athlon ranks the hires from best to worst.</p>

By Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch on Twitter)

The carousel was quite active in the offseason, with 23 coaching positions — 19.2 percent of all FBS schools — changing hands. And not only was the amount of turnover high, but there are some major programs under new leadership — Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Michigan. The following is our take on the new coaches for 2011 — with a new twist. This year, we’ve ranked the hires from best to worst.

A Golden Era at the U

Al Golden has brought a new culture and a new energy to Miami.
<p> It's been a surprise Miami has yet to win an ACC Coastal title.&nbsp;Al Golden hopes to change that with a new culture and a new energy to Miami.</p>

by Jorge Milian

Fans of the Miami Hurricanes are a notoriously difficult bunch to please. But they’re pushovers compared to Toni Golden, the mother of new Canes coach Al Golden.

After working one of his first games as Temple’s coach in 2006, Golden called his parents to get their opinion. Toni, who watched the game on television at home in Colt’s Neck, N.J., didn’t criticize Al’s play-calling or decisions.