The Three Year-Hump in SEC Football

I reviewed the coaching record of SEC football since the date Nick Saban became the head coach at Alabama. In that time, there have been sixty-three coaches (counting interims) of SEC programs, with the average duration of those hires now officially below the three-year mark (for a 2.9 year tenure on average).

On the surface, it is understandable why there has been such high turnover. In their first three years, SEC coaches have won fewer games than they have lost, sporting a .443 winning percentage. If a school spends millions of dollars on a coach’s contract, of course you want to win now.

After 3? Since Saban began coaching at Alabama, coaches in their fourth year onward have a winning percentage of .643, noticeably better than their first three years after joining the SEC. Some of it can be explained by those coaches leaving the SEC to play in easier … Read the rest of this article!