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Analyst Ranks College Football's Worst New Coaching Hire

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There has already been plenty of movement on the college football head coaching carousel, with several major programs making moves.

We had Ohio State hiring Ryan Day to replace a retiring Urban Meyer and Maryland hiring Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, among other things.

Sports Illustrated has ranked all of the head coaching hires on a scale of 0-5, with 5 being the best.

Which hire is the worst?

According to Sports Illustrated, it's...


Splash quotient: 3
Geography: 3
Stylistic fit: 2
Execution: 3
Instant impact: 3

Freeze is barely more than a year removed from leaving something close to scorched earth behind him at Ole Miss: rampant NCAA violations, sanctions and a laundry list of uncouth actions in his personal life. But thanks to the cheating he was more than happy to employ, Ole Miss got some good recruits, and it got good, and it beat Alabama—twice. That was enough for Liberty, the Christian university that joined the FBS right around the time Freeze was ousted. It got a big name, but one with a recent track record for ravaging the program he coached in an effort to win. Maybe Liberty thinks he can coach it to something like relevance, but there’s little evidence he’ll do so without at least bending the rules.


That's not too surprising, though. Liberty's decision to hire the former Ole Miss head coach was met with a lot of criticism. His introductory press conference was fairly odd, too.

You can view the full list of hiring grades here.