New coordinators who will have a major impact on the 2011 season
While college football's head-coaching carousel concluded in mid-January when Stanford promoted David Shaw to replace Jim Harbaugh, staff shuffling at the next level down remained ongoing. Just this week, Texas hired back former secondary coach Duane Akina from Arizona after replacement Jerry Gray bolted for the Tennessee Titans.
But with the notable exception of Maryland, which got turned down this week by former Miami head coach Randy Shannon, it appears every major program has nailed down its offensive and defensive coordinators for next season. In many cases, the new coordinators' impact will be felt more immediately than the new head coaches'. Some walk into developing programs in need of a spark on one side of the ball, while others will radically overhaul a team's system.
On that note, here are 10 recently hired coordinators who could have a major impact on both their teams and the national landscape for the 2011 season: