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Does the NCAA Coaching Carousel Hamper the Professional Prospects of College Football Recruits?

  • Philip L. Hersch

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    (Department of Economics, Barton School of Business, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, USA)

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    College football recruits choose their schools partly for the opportunity to play for a specific coach. It is not unusual for the coach who recruited the player to leave before the end of the player’s career. This article investigates whether these departures affect a player’s National Football League (NFL) draft prospects. Regression results indicate that, for players drafted, a coaching change drops the average draftee’s position nearly two thirds of a round, potentially costing the player hundreds of thousands of dollars in guaranteed money. This harmful effect holds regardless of why the coach left, such as being fired or accepting a new position elsewhere.

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    Volume (Year): 13 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 20-33

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:13:y:2012:i:1:p:20-33
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