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Cornhuskers React: New Coach Carousel Successes and Flops

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Every new season brings a change of head coaches. Which will success and which will get the boot?

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The start of every new season brings with it an often long list of new hires at head coach. Even with pandemic stricken athletic department budgets, the insane buyout circus was in full swing for all to see following the 2020 season (and during it for that matter). With all of the new hires, it begs the question for fans of which will succeed? Which will flop? And which will be the first one to get fired by the athletic director who was just singing his praises not long ago at his hiring?

So first up for fans in this week’s polling zeroed in on exactly that topic, asking:

Which new coach will make the biggest positive difference?

Take a bow Texas. Your decision to fire Herman and hire Sarkisian is much like the Michigan September quarterback Heisman race. You won the offseason. Now good luck winning on the actual football field, especially as it looks like Oklahoma actually remembered for this year that you need to play defense and it helps to have good players to do that when you get to the playoffs.

The full breakdown is:

  1. Sarkisian 26%
  2. Malzahn 15%
  3. Bielema 14%
  4. Heupel 12%
  5. Lea 8%
  6. Leipold 7%
  7. Beamer 6%
  8. Harsin 5%
  9. Fisch 4%
  10. Avalos 3%

What about one of the common metrics of measuring success: bgi time bowl games? Well the next question for fans focused in on that.

Which new coach will reach a New Year’s Six game first?

Again, Texas wins the day. I guess the talent Tom Herman stacked must have been the deciding factor, though Malzahn at UCF seems intriguing and its not like Auburn is lacking the location for recruiting talent or the financial resources for quick success.

The full breakdown is:

  1. Sarkisian 46%
  2. Harsin 22%
  3. Malzahn 15%
  4. Avalos 5%
  5. Heupel 5%
  6. Bielema 2%
  7. Beamer 2%
  8. Fisch 1%
  9. Leipold 1%
  10. Lea .6%

Finally, the last question asked who is going to get canned first and enjoy those cushy buyout bucks while vying for the Nick Saban school for lost head coaches camp. There are probably a few candidates that may stand out in a normal year, but when Vol nation has a new head coach this offseason, is anyone surprised to see them make the list?

Who will be fired first?

Take a bow Vol nation. You really are one of a kind out there.

The full breakdown is:

  1. Heupel 21%
  2. Bielema 15%
  3. Sarkisian 15%
  4. Harsin 14%
  5. Leipold 11%
  6. Beamer 9%
  7. Fisch 5%
  8. Lea 5%
  9. Malzahn 4%
  10. Avalos 1%

Bonus Notre Dame Section

Technically these results were from Notre Dame fans, but I am going to include their questions and answers this week without any commentary just for fun. Feel free to share your own views on the questions in the comments.


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