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August 24, 2007
Top coordinators settle in to new homes
» MORE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF ARCHIVE
It was a good year to be a rookie coordinator in 2006.
In the process, both had to beat out other top-notch first-year candidates.
English was the pick in a close contest that also included UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, who orchestrated one of the best defensive turnarounds in the country last year.
Hardly a rookie coordinator - but in his first year back in Knoxville - Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe made a compelling case for being the SEC's top assistant by reviving the career of Erik Ainge.
Oklahoma's Kevin Wilson shared offensive coordinator duties with Chuck Long before flying solo in 2006 and guiding the Sooners offense through quarterback uncertainty and a serious injury to Adrian Peterson.
Fans often look at head coaches as the ones to turn around a program, but often it can be a tweak in the coaching staff.
Rivals.com will give you a look at the top coordinators looking to make a difference in their first seasons on the job.