The Corleone family from the famous Godfather trilogy would have made excellent athletic directors in this day and age, because the mindset of “it’s nothing personal, it’s just business” is exactly how college football head coaches are handled, no matter their legacy (see Bobby Bowden) or how likeable they may be. College head coaches have one job, and that job is to win; if they don’t do it as quickly as the bosses and the alumni like, they are given a pink slip without so much as a second thought. Although some may call the system unfair, it is the nature of the beast and everyone knows the drill: there will be head coaches fired this year, and the year after, and the year after that. With the 2012 season getting closer and closer, it’s time to look at the ten FBS head coaches that must put up or shut up in order to return to their respected schools come 2013.
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The end of the football season is a very sad time to those who practically worship the sport like myself, but it does give us valuable time to reflect on everything we witnessed and start looking forward to the future. One such topic that comes up at this point in time is coaching changes. Twenty seven college teams changed head coaches in preparation for the 2012 season, calling for the need of a ranking of these new coaches. That's exactly what I've provided in this article, which is a bit long but it's very detailed for each coach.
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