If you’re a stats geek (sign me up), the site coachesbythenumbers.com does a good job analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of college football coaches. Air Force’s Troy Calhoun does pretty well (he ranks 22nd overall, ahead of Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, to name a couple of high-profile guys he’ll face in 2011) and the site ranks him first among coaches doing “the most with the least.” CBTN created that metric by comparing each coach’s average recruiting class rank vs. their results. Not surprisingly, Niumatalolo finished second in CBTN’s study.
While I’d certainly accept that the list is not entirely accurate because college football recruiting lists aren’t entirely accurate, it does paint a pretty good picture of what Calhoun has done at Air Force. The Falcons don’t often get big-time recruits, and most of the players on last year’s Independence Bowl team didn’t have another solid scholarship offer from a FBS school. Yet, Air Force has done pretty well for itself, especially over the last four years.