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Taking a final look at the debut season for each new staff in FBS

The 2013 regular season is over for just about every staff in college football, which means now is the perfect time to check in on all 31 of them. With the 2013-14 hiring season, these staffs won't be the new guys for very much longer. 

Here's a quick snapshot look at the debut campaign for each new staff in FBS. In all, seven of the 31 have posted win improvements from a year ago, and three more have a chance to match last season's total. 

ACC
Steve Addazio, Boston College
2012 Record: 2-10
2013 Record: 7-5
Snapshot: The Eagles rode Andre Williams' prolific November to a 4-1 final month, pushing BC into the postseason for the first time since 2010. Addazio and staff will have to find a new way to manufacture offense in 2014, but that's a question for another day. This year was a success by any measure. 

Dave Doeren, NC State
2012 Record: 7-6
2013 Record: 3-9
Snapshot: The Wolfpack were one of the few schools to voluntarily make a move last season despite posting a winning record. A year later, they matched Virginia as the only winless teams in ACC play. There's more to it than that, obviously, but 0-8 is never pretty.

Scott Shafer, Syracuse
2012 Record: 8-5
2013 Record: 6-6
Snapshot: Hard to find a more feast-or-famine team than the Orange, who allowed 42 points per game in their six losses and a shade over 10 points a game in their 10 wins. A 34-31 season-ending upset of Boston College will push this club into bowl play. 

American
Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati
2012 Record: 10-3
2013 Record: 9-2
Snapshot: Year One went as advertised under Tommy Tuberville, as the Bearcats jumped from 36th to 20th nationally in total offense and 55th to ninth in total defense. The Bearcats have a good thing rolling, and Tuberville kept the train on the tracks.

Willie Taggart, South Florida
2012 Record: 3-9
2013 Record: 2-9
Snapshot: With one game to go, Taggart still has the chance to match last season's win total. The Bulls were as bad as anyone to start the year, but played competitive (if not winning) football over the season's final two months.

Matt Rhule, Temple
2012 Record: 4-7
2013 Record: 2-10
Snapshot: If there is such a thing, Temple has a claim to be college football's best 2-10 team. With five losses by seven points or less, the Owls weren't that far away from bowl contention. Give Rhule and his staff time.

Big Ten
Darrell Hazell, Purdue
2012 Record: 6-7
2013 Record: 1-11
Snapshot: It's only a year, but it's hard to look at the early returns as anything but negative. The only thing standing between the Boilermakers and a winless season was a 20-14 win over 1-11 FCS Indiana State. They scored 10 points or less five times, and allowed 41 points or more on seven occasions.

Gary Andersen, Wisconsin
2012 Record: 8-6
2013 Record: 9-3
Snapshot: The season-ending loss to Penn State will sting, but this was a solid debut in Madison for Gary Andersen. You'd have to believe everyone in Madison is happy with the change to Andersen and his staff. 

Big 12
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
2012 Record: 8-5
2013 Record: 7-5
Snapshot: The 7-5 finish didn't surprise anyone, but it's how they got there that left a bad taste in the mouth of everyone in red and black. After a 7-0 start, the Red Raiders lost their final five games in increasingly ugly fashion. Winning the bowl game would be quite nice.

Conference USA
Ron Turner, Florida International
2012 Record: 3-9
2013 Record: 1-11
Snapshot: Put it this way, one of the most perplexing hires in recent memory doesn't look any better a year later. FIU's only win came in a 24-23 decision over Southern Miss, every other game was a loss by at least two touchdowns.

Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech
2012 Record: 9-3
2013 Record: 4-8
Snapshot: A drop off was to be expected in Ruston after the Bulldogs lost more collective playing experience than anyone in college football. But you'd have liked to see more punch from an offense that scored 14, 15, 10, 16, 13, 14, 14 and 10 in its eight losses.

Todd Monken, Southern Miss
2012 Record: 0-12
2013 Record: 1-11
Snapshot: Sure, you can say Monken only won one game in his first year, but I say he oversaw an increase by a factor of infinity from his predecessor.

Sean Kugler, UTEP
2012 Record: 2-10
2013 Record: 2-10
Snapshot: The record remained the same, but at least the Miners were competitive in 2012. Outside of a 33-10 win over Florida International, UTEP lost its final five games by a combined score of 236-41.

MAC
Paul Haynes, Kent State
2012 Record: 11-3
2013 Record: 4-8
Snapshot: It looks bad on the surface, but this was to be expected. Kent State was one of the most senior-laden teams in college football a year ago. Check back a year from now. 

Rod Carey, Northern Illinois
2012 Record: 12-2
2013 Record: 12-0
Snapshot: This is the best mid-major in college football, and the Huskies are a win away from joining TCU as the only non-AQ school to play in back-to-back BCS games. I'd say this worked out well. 

P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan
2012 Record: 4-8
2013 Record: 1-11
Snapshot: Fleck and staff came in with as much energy as any staff in college football, but the results have yet to appear. This staff will have a lot to prove next season. 

Mountain West
Brian Polian, Nevada
2012 Record: 7-6
2013 Record: 4-8
Snapshot: Taking over for a legend is never easy, and Nevada proved to be no exception. The Wolf Pack were a play or three away from matching last season's 7-5 regular-season record. No cause for alarm here.

Ron Caragher, San Jose State
2012 Record: 11-2
2013 Record: 6-6
Snapshot: That 62-52 win over Fresno State will be a nice cherry on top to the regular season, but it's also a reminder that all-everything quarterback David Fales will be in the NFL next season. 

Matt Wells, Utah State
2012 Record: 11-2
2013 Record: 8-4
Snapshot: Moving up an office from offensive coordinator to head coach, Matt Wells acquitted himself well in year one. The Aggies overcame close losses to Utah and USC, a conference setback to Boise State and the loss of franchise quarterback Chuckie Keeton to reach the inaugural Mountain West title game. 

Pac-12
Sonny Dykes, California
2012 Record: 3-9
2013 Record: 1-11
Snapshot: As if the 3-9 record didn't say enough, Cal had one of the very worst APR scores in FBS a year ago. Jeff Tedford left behind a mess in Berkeley, and it will take more than a year for Dykes and company to fix it.

Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
2012 Record: 2-10
2013 Record: 4-8
Snapshot: The Buffaloes got an extra win in trading out Fresno State for Charleston Southern on the schedule (due to a flooding-induced cancellation in September), but the Buffaloes were competitive again for the first time since... the early part of the 2005 season?

Mark Helfrich, Oregon
2012 Record: 12-1
2013 Record: 10-2
Snapshot: Oregon extended its college football-best streak of 10-win regular seasons to five, but the Ducks will be spectators for the Pac-12 title game for the second consecutive season. 

SEC
Bret Bielema, Arkansas
2012 Record: 4-8
2013 Record: 3-9
Snapshot: We all knew such a massive philosophy switch will take time, but putting Arkansas' first 0-8 SEC record in the record books wasn't part of the plan. 

Gus Malzahn, Auburn
2012 Record: 3-9
2013 Record: 11-1
Snapshot: To put it simply, this will be the first-year turnaround that all future first-year turnarounds will be measured against. Malzahn has put his team in the thick of the national championship conversation, and himself in the heat of the national coach of the year mix

Mark Stoops, Kentucky
2012 Record: 2-10
2013 Record: 2-10
Snapshot: I'd guess Kentucky's dueling 2-10 seasons do not feel at all similar. Big Blue football is moving forward under Stoops and company.

Butch Jones, Tennessee 
2012 Record: 5-7
2013 Record: 5-7
Snapshot: Those in Knoxville say 2014 is the year the sins of the Lane Kiffin/Derek Dooley should really come home to roost before a corner can be turned, but that's what makes last week's loss to Vanderbilt so painful. 

Sun Belt
Bryan Harsin, Arkansas State
2012 Record: 10-3
2013 Record: 7-5
Snapshot: The Red Wolves were probably never going to win a third straight conference championship under a third different head coach, but they came close. This is a coach and program that need to grow together.

Trent Miles, Georgia State
2012 Record: 1-11
2013 Record: 0-12
Snapshot: An 0-12 record looks bad, sure, but Miles has experience in cleaning up sewage. He won one game over his first two seasons at Indiana State before turning in three straight winning seasons.

Bobby Petrino, Western Kentucky
2012 Record: 7-6
2013 Record: 8-4
Snapshot: The Hilltoppers will want those losses to South Alabama and Troy back, but it's hard to imagine many complaints otherwise.

Independents
Paul Petrino, Idaho
2012 Record: 1-11
2013 Record: 1-11
Snapshot: This program went 8-5 and won a bowl game in 2009. Since then? Six, two, one and one victories. 

Doug Martin, New Mexico State
2012 Record: 1-11
2013 Record: 2-10
Snapshot: That season-ending 24-16 win over Idaho has to feel pretty sweet. Otherwise, their only win would have been a 34-29, final play win over reclassifying FCS Abilene Christian. 

 

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.