College football’s 2017-18 coaching carousel featured 21 changes, including moves at big-time programs like Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon and Florida State. With the carousel completed and all 21 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs.
The 2017 college football season featured 23 new coaches at FBS programs. The 23 coaching changes were down slightly from the 2016 season, as 28 different programs had a change in the full-time role. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff.
College football’s 2018 season won't get underway until August, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict which teams are poised for a significant leap in the rankings or win column next year.
The Pac-12 is definitely losing some star power early to the NFL, but the bigger news is the one player that decided to stay in school. Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love is returning to Stanford even though the running back probably would have been a first-round pick in April’s draft.
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2018 draft officially passed on Monday evening and over 100 players declared for the next level. The deadline produced a few surprises, as Clemson's defensive line remained intact with Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant each deciding to return to campus in 2018.
The Pac-12 is a league in transition on the gridiron for the 2018 college football season. The conference is set to feature five new head coaches, including Chip Kelly at UCLA and Herm Edwards at Arizona State. In addition to the turnover at the top, the league also loses quarterbacks Sam Darnold (USC), Josh Rosen (UCLA) and Luke Falk (Washington State).