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What comes first? Success on the gridiron followed by good recruiting? Or is it the other way around? Does good recruiting breed success on the football field? Bill Connelly over at Football Outsiders did an entry talking about this very thing and it’s a very good read.

This is a question I think anyone who follows college football would be interested in. The more I follow collegiate athletics, the more it becomes paramount that recruiting rules over everything. Connelly notes strong correlations between winning & recruiting and also past performance and winning. It makes sense really.

Intersting enough, Connelly also finds out that having a returning starting QB or a greater percentage of O-Lineman coming isn’t necessarily that important when it comes to on the field success.

Building up a program is certainly predicated upon recruiting success. The coaches who have schematic advantages, e.g. Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech, can certainly win games, but as Iowa showed, talent in the end typically trumps.

Just ask Alabama, USC & Florida.


February 24, 2010 - Posted by | Recruiting

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