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No. 65: Southern Mississippi

Here’s the trade: you can have the most successful year in program history, but as a result must hire a brand-new coaching staff for the following season. How many programs are making this swap? More than you’d think. It’s easier to pick those who wouldn’t make this trade, and it’s a short yet distinguished list – Alabama and Virginia Tech, and not many more. Southern Mississippi knew when it hired Larry Fedora that it was entering into a sort of pact: Hattiesburg was a stepping-stone for Fedora, but the Golden Eagles were fine with him leaving for greener pastures if certain thresholds were passed before he walked out the front door. Perhaps Southern Mississippi is willing to make that trade once, but I don’t think they want to make it twice. Hence the program’s decision to hire former South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, a coaching lifer hungry at a shot with an F.B.S. program after a pair of short-lived head coaching stints at Gardner-Webb and The Citadel.

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    How’s Your Team’s Succession Plan?

    Boise State did it better than most. Kellen Moore won’t soon be forgotten — most of all in Boise — but Chris Petersen began preparing for life post-Moore by playing his backup, sophomore Joe Southwick, in eight games: mostly in mop-up duty, though Southwick was used in certain packages when the final verdict remained in doubt. San Diego State did it worse than most. Redshirt freshman Ryan Dingwell, Ryan Lindley’s backup, attempted only one pass all season, in the season opener against Cal Poly, and didn’t take another snap until the win over New Mexico a month later. Then Dingwell went back to the shelf, along with the cobwebs and other little-used reserves.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.