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College football: Is the price for a new coach worth it?

David Doherty

David Doherty, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, co-authored a study that focused on whether the replacement of head coaches improves the performance of college football teams. Excitement often surrounds a new hire, but the research finds little evidence that a new coach improves team performance either in the short- or long-term. This research, cited in several key newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and most recently, The New York Times, highlights the controversy surrounding the exorbitant salaries often paid to new coaches (as well as payouts that often must be made to replaced coaches) and the desire for universities to secure winning teams. You can find the full article, Pushing “Reset”: The Conditional Effects of Coaching Replacements on College Football Performance in Social Science Quarterly.

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