Not of direct relevance to Michigan at present, so OT, but of general interest to football fans.
A study published last month in Social Science Quarterly may provide sobering news to Auburn, Tennessee and other universities that have fired their coaches. Using data from 1997 to 2010, the study compared the performance of major college teams that replaced their coach with teams with similar records that kept their coach.
The results, tracked over a five-year period following the coaching changes, might surprise many. The lowliest teams subsequently performed about the same as other struggling teams that did not replace their coach. Mediocre teams — those that won about half their games in the year before a coaching change — performed worse than similar teams that did not replace their coach.
Then some Captain Obvious analysis, but also other interesting bits about the unsustainable rise in coaches salaries, particularly in the SEC, and its relationship to coaching turnover. Link.