2017 Head-Coaching Hire Analysis: First-Year Head Coaches

So the head-coaching openings for the 2017 season are filled. There were 21 job changes in all, though we should acknowledge that in the past few years there have been changes well outside the traditional window for hiring and firing (Bobby Petrino at Arkansas, Tim Beckman at Illinois and Art Briles at Baylor, just to name a few). So we can’t rule out a job change before the season starts…

January 21, 2017

February 16: Celebrating American football’s past and present

According to the College Football Data Warehouse, the California Golden Bears notched the first win in school history on this date in 1883. We’ve been unable to confirm for certain or to find any details about the game, but according to CFDW, the Golden Bears first took the field in 1882, possibly on December 9, losing to the Phoenix (CA) Athletic Club by a score of 1-0 before managing a tie…

February 16, 2016

NFF Salutes the Black History Trailblazers

February is Black History Month, and there isn’t a sport where the contributions of our nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) are more evident than college football. To this day, black college classics are among the most well-attended games in college football’s lower divisions with crowds that would make an NCAA FBS program proud. It’s evident, too, in the proud tradition of marching bands at HBCU’s where the halftime shows…

February 4, 2016