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The Rebuilders Are At It Again
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 10, 2011


The Rebound Of The Old Coaches. Jim Grobe, Greg Schiano, and Bill Snyder have rebuilt thier programs - again.

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By Richard Cirminiello

Good coaches never die. They just need a chance to rebuild and rally the troops every few years or so.

In case you forgot, and many fans and many in the media apparently did, Bill Snyder, Jim Grobe and Greg Schiano can flat out coach. There’s a reason they became successful in the first place and there’s a reason they’ve accomplished so much and built up such amazing résumés – they’re really, really good at what they do.

They’re proven leaders, mentors and motivators, and considering the jobs they walked into, rebuilding their franchises isn’t quite as hard as getting them there in the first place. And now, after a little tweaking and a few cycles, they’re back.

Somewhat off the radar in recent years, in large part because of the difficulty of recruiting to places like Manhattan, Winston-Salem and Piscataway, respectively. The situation, though, is shifting, because when given the time to develop players, and allowed more time to let their systems and beliefs work, quality coaches are always going to find a way to get the job done.

Kansas State is a highly improbable 5-0 and ranked No. 17 in the latest AP poll. Wake Forest is 4-1 after stunning Florida State. Rutgers, also 4-1, stands alone atop the Big East. Most impressively, it’s not like the records are pumped up by beating up on a full slate of weak and sad teams.

Rutgers just destroyed a Pitt team that ripped apart South Florida, and it got by a Syracuse squad good enough to slip by Wake Forest in a season-opening overtime thriller.

The Demon Deacons didn’t get much respect after beating NC State and Boston College – two of the ACC’s worst teams – but they showed they’re for real with an impressive win over Florida State.

Kansas State not only held firm in the final moments at Miami, but it picked off Baylor and stunned Missouri with an offense straight out of ten year ago a 1-2 QB-RB rushing attack and a nasty defense that hits like a ton of bricks.

Of course, there’s still the Prove-It factor with all three teams. The Wildcats go to Texas Tech next week and have a brutal stretch of Oklahoma, at Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and at Texas looming. Wake Forest gets Virginia Tech at home and still has to go on the road to deal with North Carolina and Clemson in away dates wrapped around a battle with Notre Dame. Rutgers hosts West Virginia and South Florida in back-to-back weeks and has to face Cincinnati to provide a push. No, all three teams aren’t going to run the table, but they’re playing well enough, and coached well enough, to get their share of victories.

The common theme among the three? Very little star power, modest expectations back in August, and inspirational head coaches with a knack for coaching up athletes that were considered marginal coming out of high school.

Quick, name three Wildcats, Demon Deacons or Scarlet Knights. Unless you’ve got ties to one of the programs, you probably don’t stand a chance, and you’re not alone. A dearth of household names hasn’t been enough to keep the three upstarts from compiling a combined mark of 13-2, while several of the stars on top of the recruiting rankings over the last few years – hello, Ohio State – are floundering.

You can talk all you want about five-star recruits, fancy offensive systems, and multi-million-dollar facilities. Sure, they all matter in the quest for titles, but coaching staffs matter. Those who can maximize the talent will find a way to prosperity sooner or later.

No matter what happens the rest of the way, Snyder, Grobe and Schiano are proving that old tricks from the old dogs still work.

And by the way, Penn State is 5-1.

- Mitchell: Georgia. All Schedule, No Substance
- Harrison: The Sleeping Big Ten In Realignment 
- Sallee: Time For The Frazier Era At Auburn
- Johnson: Is Stanford Out Of The Title Hunt?
- Zemek: The Brad Wing LSU Celebration Nonsense
- Cirminiello: The Rebounding Old Coaches