Coaching continuity improves recruiting

While looking at some of the early recruiting rankings for the Big 12 teams, I can't help but notice that Baylor and Nebraska are both solid, middle-of-the-pack teams in the conference with noted improvement this year than in the last couple of seasons.

And Texas, as always seems to be the case, has nearly finished its recruiting with another solid haul of players among the top teams in the nation.

There's a reason for this, detailed in the Lincoln Journal Star earlier this week.

It seems Baylor, Nebraska and Texas are among only 12 schools nationally to have the same coaching staff in place for a third straight season heading into the 2010 campaign.

Continuity speaks volumes in the competitive world of college football recruiting. Having coaches in place for a number of years enables them to foster relationships with high school coaches that result in better recruiting over time.

You can definitely see that taking place this season with the Cornhuskers, Bears and Longhorns.

Here are the teams that have had the same full-time coaches in place since the start of the 2008 season, according to the Journal Star. I also listed their 2009 records and conference records.

1. Baylor (4-8, 1-7 in the Big 12 last season)

2. Indiana (4-8, 1-7 Big Ten)

3. Iowa (11-2, 6-2 Big Ten)

4. Navy (10-4)

5. Nebraska (10-4, 6-2 Big 12 runner-up)

6. North Carolina State (5-7, 2-6 ACC)

7. Penn State (11-2, 6-2 Big Ten)

8. Texas (13-1, 8-0 Big 12 champion)

9. UAB (5-7, 4-4 in Conference USA)

10. Vanderbilt (2-10, 0-8 SEC)

11. Virginia Tech (10-3, 6-2 ACC)

12. Wake Forest (5-7, 3-5 ACC)

Not all of these programs have experienced consistent recent success. But the Big 12 teams appear headed in that direction after a successful recruiting effort again this season. Staff continuity is one of the biggest reasons.