When coaches are hired to rebuild a college football program, there are certain things they have to get right off the bat. Among these things, they have to hire a coaching and administrative staff to help implement their vision, they have to make recruiting inroads early, and they have to mold the roster they inherit to fit their vision while effectively recruiting the players that will help them take the program to the next level. In today’s impatient college football world, coaches who get these things wrong early in their tenure are usually fired by year 3 or 4 of their tenure — when these early mistakes manifest themselves on the field.
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Let’s be frank: Lovie has gotten a lot wrong his first three years on the job. His initial offensive and defensive coordinator hires failed miserably.