- Aug 26, 2011
- Reaction Score
-> The Athletic polled more than 60 people working in college football to find out. Turns out, “hard” is … a hard word to define.
“What makes a good job a good job is commitment, support, tradition, but nothing is more important than access to players,” one Group of 5 head coach said. “There are just some places where you just don’t have it that have been historically good places and it’s just harder to recruit than people think it is.”
A Power 5 athletic director summed up high expectations: “There are places with so much history that are so far away from touching that again. They may never touch it again.” But that doesn’t mean those programs are ready to wave a white flag. <-
HARDEST POWER 5 JOBS (Top 2):
First-place votes: 10
First-place votes: 5
HARDEST GROUP OF 5/IND JOBS (Top 2)
First-place votes: 6
-> UConn earned the most votes of any school. Its trajectory has not been promising after going independent. This year, the Huskies are 0-7 and already playing under an interim coach, Lou Spanos
A Power 5 assistant told The Athletic he sees an administration that “clearly doesn’t care” about the program.
“UConn guys talk about how that school really doesn’t do much for that football program. Well, if you’re not gonna support the program, it’s not gonna become what it ultimately could become. It’s crazy that they were in the Fiesta Bowl just 10 years ago,” another Power 5 assistant said.
Talent acquisition is also a losing battle for the Huskies.
“Northeast football has probably only four or five FBS players there a year — one goes to Notre Dame, one to BC, maybe some fringe kids stay,” said a Power 5 assistant coach.<-
UMass Points: 97
First-place votes: 11