The college football head coach hiring frenzy has come and gone. As the dust settles, we are beginning to look forward to the 2023 season to project which coach will have the most success with their new school.
Hugh Freeze, Auburn
Brohm takes over for Scott Satterfield at Louisville after leading Purdue to a Big 10 West title in 2022 and multiple bowl games. He’s known for his electric offenses, is from the area, and is a former quarterback and assistant for the Cardinals. It’s an excellent hire for me. The fan base loves him, and he loves the fan base. I hope it works out for Brohm and Louisville.
Brent Key, Georgia Tech
Key is in a similar position as Brohm. Key is a Tech alum, so he’s well aware of the challenges he will face. Geoff Collins was a supreme disappointment, and the Yellow Jackets seemingly rallied around Key when he took over, playing .500 ball for the season. Key is a decent hire, and I hope he can turn their program around, but I don’t know how possible that really is right now for Georgia Tech.
Scott Satterfield, Cincinnati
Satterfield amassed a 25-24 record at Louisville but was never really able to compete for ACC championships, despite being a rockstar at Appalachian State for the five seasons prior. His experience in the FCS should be valuable for the Bearcats as the program transitions to the Big 12, but he didn’t exactly succeed at the Power 5 level with the Cardinals. I’m not confident this hire will work out.
Zach Arnett, Mississippi State
Arnett is the least set up for success, in my opinion. He steps into an impossible situation, taking over for the late, great Mike Leach. It’s difficult to imagine moving forward, but Arnett is familiar with Leach’s program and tendencies. However, it would behoove him and all first-time head coaches to be their own man. Moreover, Arnett is getting his first audition as a head coach in the big leagues, the SEC.
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