One of these teams is 3-1. One of them is 2-3. Probably not the ones you would have expected back in August.
When people analyze Navy’s run of success over the last decade, one of the most common reasons given for that success is coaching continuity. There’s a lot of truth to that. Navy’s coaching staff has experienced some of the least amount of turnover in the country. But why is continuity so important?
I recently had a conversation with someone about MAC football, and I made the point that it’s difficult for any MAC program to sustain success for very long. As soon as a team gets any good, a school with a bigger budget hires their coach away. Sometimes he’s replaced by someone from the staff that keeps the momentum going, but then he gets hired away and the cycle continues. Hiring coaches is a difficult task, and there’s a measure of luck involved. The more coaches you have to hire, the more likely it is that your luck will run out and you’ll eventually hire the wrong one. That goes for assistant coaches too. Besides, every time you’re forced to hire a new head coach, recruiting takes a hit. It makes it tough to build a winning program.
Rutgers is in the Big Ten.
This is a fact. You can see a big “R” logo on the Big Ten website and everything. While my brain knows this, it refuses to accept it. Conference expansion has led to a lot of odd pairings, but Rutgers to the Big Ten has to be the strangest.