The Sporting News has a nice piece (by Matt Hayes; I can't remember, do we like Matt Hayes?) on the performance of the various first-year coaches around CFB. It gives the grade each originally received when they were hired as well as a grade now that the season is over.
Urban went up from an A- to a solid A. I'm not sure what he would have to do to get to an A+.
"The big question was which Urb would Ohio State get? He answered that with dogged recruiting and influential motivation of a team playing for nothing—but still playing for an unbeaten season. Meyer hit the perfect storm: a talented team that bought in, playing in a watered-down conference and playing with house money. Let’s see what happens this fall when huge expectations are thrown into the mix."
Other coaches of note:
Ol' Charlie Cheeseburger fell from a B+ to a D at Kansas. I'm not sure his grade has bottomed out.
Tim Beckman went from a C to a D at Illinois. I'm actually sort of sorry to see that he didn't have a slightly better first year.
BOB went from a C to an A at State Penn, which represented the biggest upswing.
Kevin Sumlin went up from a B+ to an A at A&M. Hard to argue with that.
The biggest drop was Mike Leach at WSU, who went from an A+ grade (?!) down to a D.
Good fodder for debate during the loooong offseason.