Ranking the best college football head coaching changes in 2014-2015

Harbaugh's Hiring A Big Moment For Michigan
Harbaugh's Hiring A Big Moment For Michigan

The coaching carousel is always a fun ride in the days following the conclusion of the regular season when teams fire their underachieving coach and fan bases are filled with optimism that the new coach will fulfill their wildest hopes and dreams.

Sometimes the moves are a mere formality like the case with Michigan and Brady Hoke who was left twisting in the wind for the better part of the 2014 season before hearing his fate three days after a 5-7 season came to an end. And sometimes the coaching carousel takes a spin or two before the end of the year like we saw with Kansas firing Charlie Weis and Florida terminating Will Muschamp.

Coaching rumors are every bit as wild as trade rumors in the pro sports and like we saw with Nick Saban last year when Texas coveted the Alabama head coach and this year we saw former San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh as the object of his alma mater's affection.

Harbaugh was hired to take over for Hoke at his alma mater where he started at quarterback for three years under Hall of Fame coach Bo Schembechler and headlines the list of 14 college football coaching changes at the FBS level.

But was he the best hire?

Let's take a look at the 14 coaches in new places and rank them according to the best hire in both the short and long-term. Three of the 14 new coaches were features in my preseason look at assistant coaches destined for a head coaching job. Next year could see a few more from that list hired in the 2015-2016 coaching carousel.

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