** Dino Babers is at Syracuse now but was at Bowling Green the last two years, where he went 18-9. His Falcons averaged 42.2 points per game in 2015.
** Because of its tough admission standards, it’s nor easy to succeed in football at Northwestern.
Pat Fitzgerald has done it – two 10-win seasons and six bowl appearances in 10 years on the job at his alma mater.
** To see what kind of a coach Penn State’s James Franklin is, look at his previous job. He went 24-15 in three seasons. At Vanderbilt!
** New Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente‘s Memphis Tigers won 19 games in his last two years after winning only seven in the first two.
** Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech went 3-9 a year ago. Bad. But prior to that he was 58-35 at Tech, following successful stints at Georgia Southern (62-10 from 1997 to 2001) and Navy (45-29 from 2002 to 2007. Adding it up…168-83, just over 2/3 wins.
** Tennessee under Butch Jones: 5-7 in 2013, 7-6 in 2014, 9-4 in 2015. Steady improvement, anyone? And it may not stop: His last three recruiting classes have all been top 15.
** New Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall averaged exactly nine wins a year in 11 seasons at Brigham Young.
** Ready to start his fifth season at U.C.L.A., Jim Mora has led the Bruins to at least eight wins every year.
** Pat Narduzzi went 8-5 in his first year at the helm in Pittsburgh after great success as defensive coordinator at Michigan State. And the 2015 Panthers lost three games by seven points or less.
** Before taking over at Nebraska last year, Mike Riley went 93-80 at Oregon State — perhaps the Pac-12’s toughest place to recruit and coach. He’s generally regarded as the nicest guy in the game.
May you and yours have an enjoyable holiday. Stay safe.