Coaching Accomplishments, Part 4

**  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.


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