The names are familiar. So are their success stories, but as the 2017 college football season rapidly approaches, there are different challenges for a score of coaches who have moved to different jobs.
Here’s TMG’s look at the most interesting moves of the off-season.
- Tom Herman, Texas. Herman was the coach in waiting for most of last season as Charlie Strong ‘s fading hopes finally fizzled out. Going 22-4 in two years at Houston, made Herman the designated choice among Longhorn backers. Strong left 17 starters on the table. Now all Herman has to do is coach them, which almost everyone thinks he can do. The eyes of Texas and almost every other part of the country will be on what is going on in Austin.
- Charlie Strong, South Florida. Strong didn’t stay unemployed very long. The former Florida assistant returns to the roots of his success with a South Florida team which has 16 starters returning from last season’s 12-1 team, a schedule in which the Bulls should be favored in every regular season game they play. There are NO obvious excuses for losing this season, which puts Strong in the spotlight with the greatest of expectations.
- P.J. Fleck, Minnesota. Fleck took Western Michigan as high as it could go last season, with a 13-1 record and a trip to the Cotton Bowl. After a rumor of the week marathon about where Fleck would wind up, it appeared that he was going to stay put for another season. Moving into the Big Ten West will be easier than the Big Ten East and the Gophers could be a surprise division contender this season, which will only enhance P.J.’s reputation as a Western Division version of Urban Meyer. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.