NCAA Football Report (Bowl Week 1)

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The bowl season is underway with the first set of bowl games done but with the beginning of the second season marks one of the strangest parts of NCAA Football.

It is a time where NCAA coaches begin to change teams taking new opportunities or finding new places to coach.

Normally the end of the regular season is the time for that as there are nicknames for those days in many leagues including Black Monday in the NFL.

It is a time when teams look to the future and begin preparing for a new season usually by hiring or firing a coach that will change their program.

The problem in the NCAA is that these moves need to be made at the end of the season in November in order to get back on the recruiting trail.

Players that have already committed to schools need to meet their new coach and determine if they want to stay while the final parts of the recruiting classes need to be finished.

That means that there are a number of teams that lose or gain a coach before the last official game of the season.

Bowl season lasts all of December and into January but coaches are hired and fired at the beginning of December.

It creates a strange set of circumstances for a lot of teams as their bowl game turns into their first game with a new coaching staff.

That’s not an easy thing for anybody as a new coach comes in looking to establish his style of play.

Installing an entirely new system takes time though and most coaches in any league have a full off-season to install that new system.

In the NCAA that time could be next to nothing as they have a lot to get through before coaching their first game with a new team.

They have to travel to meet commits in order to keep them committed and ensure they don’t leave with the coach that recruited them.

They have to finish off their own recruiting to find any replacements from high school players that have de-committed to the program.

Then they have to meet their own team and get to know a group of young players within a few days.

They have to study their own team and figure out where their talent is in order to create a good game-plan.

They have to scout their opponents in the bowl game in order to prepare for that

Finally they have to motivate a group of young men who have little investment with the coaching staff that is now in charge.

Some players might care a lot less when they are seniors and have nothing to prove to this new coaching staff as they prefer to play for the coach that recruited them.

It is a challenge for the new coaches but the players need to adjust as well and not only the seniors who need to find motivation in their last game, more specifically the ones who are not playing professionally.

For the younger players the bowl game is almost a tryout for the new coaching staff as it is the first time that the new coaches get to see these players.

If a player can’t make a good impression he might not be seeing a lot of time throughout the next season.

After years of work trying to convince one coaching staff that a player is worth their time and effort it can come down to one game to convince a new coaching staff.

It is a stressful time already with a bowl game meaning so much for a program but to go into it thinking of proving yourself it makes things that much tougher.

It is one of the unique aspects of college football and something that teams have to deal with every year.

It will be seen more often than not as the beginning of the bowl season with teams that did not have the best years.

As the bowl season progresses smaller schools will see these changes as well with their coaches leaving for bigger teams.

It will be seen time and time again as new eras begin and end throughout the bowl season on the way to the playoff.


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