Based on what’s happened in the game in the last eight years or so, major schools such as Texas and USC (and others) have little reason to wait for fireworks.
This year, Jimbo Fisher won a national title in his third year as Florida State’s coach, while Gus Malzahn was in his first season as head coach of runner-up Auburn.
Nick Saban was in his third year at Alabama (2009) when he produced a national title. Les Miles matched that at LSU (2007). Urban Meyer won one on his second season at Florida (2006). So did Gene Chizik at Auburn (2010).
Brian Kelly was in his third year when he led Notre Dame to the BCS title game last year. Chip Kelly really dragged his heels in 2010 when he got Oregon to the championship contest — it was his fourth year in charge of the program.
Some of these coaches, including Saban, Chizik and Malzahn, took over programs that appeared to be anything but a threat to compete for a national title.
So who’s to blame Texas or USC — two of the most storied programs in college football — if they question their coach after a couple of seasons or three why he hasn’t gotten his team to the national championship game?
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