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2018 NSD rankings for 2nd-year coaches show patience is a virtue

Recruiting in a short window amid a job change is notoriously difficult. College football coaches have a particularly hard adjustment period when they take new jobs. They need to get a handle on their current roster, which numbers about 100, and fill out coaching and support staffs that can total a few dozen. And because the season ends in late November, most hires happen in December — two months before the traditional National Signing Day on the first Wednesday in February, and almost concurrent with the new Early Signing Period that started on Dec.
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