Turnarounds highlight the new FCS coaches

(SportsNetwork.com) – Corey Fuller will have his first game as Florida A&M’s
interim football coach Saturday when the Rattlers host Norfolk State in a Mid-
Eastern Athletic Conference matchup.

Having replaced Earl Holmes this week, Florida A&M is the 30th FCS school to
undergo a head coaching change since the end of the 2013 season – a maddening
rate of almost 25 percent of the programs on the lower half of Division I
college football.

Fuller, who is in his second season on the Rattlers’ staff, will try to lift a
team that has a 2-6 record.

Florida A&M is the second program to have a change during the 2014 season.
Nicholls State’s Charlie Stubbs resigned after an 0-3 start and interim Steve
Axman is winless through his first six games.

It’s not all doom and gloom across the FCS, however, as eight of the new
coaches have led their teams to winning seasons and another five are at the
.500 mark.

One of the better jobs has been turned in at the University of Albany, where
former Duquesne head coach Greg Gattuso replaced Bob Ford, who retired last
season after serving for 44 years as the only head coach in program history.

Albany moved into CAA Football a year ago and went a dismal 1-11 overall and
0-8 in conference games. This season, the Great Danes have posted the biggest
turnaround among FCS teams, off to a 6-2 start and ranked 23rd in The Sports
Network FCS Top 25.

Broderick Fobbs has improved plenty both on and off the field at Grambling
State. The Tigers finished 1-11 amid significant turmoil last year, including
a forfeited game after players staged a six-day walkout in protest of the
program’s coaching situation and training facilities.

The Tigers are 5-3 this season, having won all five of their Southwestern
Athletic Conference games, and are in first place in the West Division.

Clint Conque has moved across the Southland Conference from Central Arkansas
to Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks finished in a last-place tie a year ago,
but are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference, cracking the national rankings
this week at No. 24 after a big win over defending champion Southeastern
Louisiana last Saturday.

Among the other coaches who have led a winning season is Chris Klieman at top-
ranked North Dakota State (8-0) of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
The Bison have won an FCS-record 32 consecutive games since 2012.

Also, there is John Grass at fifth-ranked Jacksonville State (6-1) in the Ohio
Valley Conference, Everett Withers at James Madison (5-3) in the CAA, Rick Fox
at Drake (5-3) in the Pioneer Football League and Steve Campbell at Central
Arkansas (5-4) of the Southland Conference.

Four weekends remain in the FCS regular season.