Found November 16, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
PLAYERS: Gene Chizik
TEAMS: Auburn Tigers
Some of them educated types have some advice for you, Auburn Fan. You better listen up, too, there, Vol Nation. If you think canning the underperforming asses of Gene Chizik and Derek Dooley mean you'll start getting better football teams, think again. Academics from the University of Colorado system and Loyola University Chicago studied coaching turnover from 1997 through 2010 to examine the effects of a coaching change on a program's fortunes. According to their recently published research, bad teams might get a short-lived boost from a new hire before reverting to previous form. Middling teams actually tend to see their performances deteriorate, the researchers found. (Somewhere David Cutcliffe is nodding vehemently.) In other words, all the resources spent on all of that coaching churn generally don't amount to much - although coaches who get the ax probably appreciate those hefty buyouts. So, why don't coaching changes produce better return...
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