From A+ to D: Grading the college football coaching hires

Dec 14, 2016 | 247 Sports

DHR International's Global Sports Practice Leader Glenn Sugiyama's head football coach placements for Purdue (Jeff Brohm) and Florida Atlantic (Lane Kiffin) were the only two college hires in 2016 to receive an A+ grade.

The coaching carousel has stopped whirring for the moment, so let’s take stock. Who nailed their hires? Who could’ve done better? Coaches and agents helped 247Sports grade the 17 FBS hires to this point.

Jeff Brohm, Purdue

Grade: A+

Reported contract: 6 years, $20 million

Coaches have told us for years that Brohm’s intelligence is off the charts, especially when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. We had also been told that he was waiting for a mid-tier Power 5 job.

That’s not Purdue. So for it to open up the wallet and attract a candidate such as the 45-year-old Brohm speaks volumes for the program’s potential to play catchup in the Big Ten. It’s on the easier side of the league and, with $60 million going into facilities, keep an eye on the Boilers to make noise in the not-too-distant future.

Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic

Grade: A+

Reported contract: 5 years, $4.75 million

Put it this way: Could you name the coach FAU just fired? Even some sports media types might not immediately recall Charlie Partridge’s name.

But Kiffin? That’s an electric name to drive a lot of eyeballs to Boca. Kiffin and his staff in South Florida is a better premise than most reality shows being pitched to TV execs.

It’s like Coach meets Miami Vice. Or Golden Girls. Or something. Call it whatever you’d like; it’ll be appointment viewing. At at less than $1 million per season, Kiffin is a bargain. General rule: If you’re already wondering how long you can keep the coach, you likely made a good hire.