Coaching Carousel Tracker: Who’s Going Where? Who Are The Top Options?
The annual college football coaching carousel isn’t anything too crazy, and plenty of the big jobs are being settled quickly. Who’s where, and who’s on the radar for the job openings?
Who’s Out? Jim Grobe
Grobe was a fill-in placeholder for Art Briles, started strong, ended badly. He started out 6-0, finished 6-6 before the bowl game.
Who’s In? Matt Rhule
Rhule went 28-23 at Temple going 20-7 in the last two seasons with two AAC East titles and the 2016 AAC Championship.
Who’s Out? Tommy Tuberville
Longtime solid head coach went 159-99 for his career, and a good 29-22 at Cincinnati. However, he started out with two 9-4 seasons and team crashed this year going 4-8.
Who’s In? Luke Fickell
The Bearcats get an Ohio State-worthy head coach who knows the area, has the name recognition, and has big-time head coaching experience. Just 44 when the season starts, he’s a young option – and a fresh start.
Who’s Out? Charlie Partridge
Three straight 3-9 seasons didn’t get it done.
Who’s In? Lane Kiffin
He’s a rental, and everyone knows it. He would’ve been at Houston or South Florida if he wasn’t, but if he can make Florida Atlantic football a thing in his two years, he’ll have been worth the hire.
Who’s Out? Ron Turner
He was fired four games in after going 10-30 in his first 3+ years.
Who’s In? Butch Davis
Miami coaching legend last coached at North Carolina in 2010. He has a 79-34 college record with three Big East championships with the Hurricanes.
Who’s Out? Tim DeRuyter
Finished 30-30 after a brilliant start, going 20-6 with two Mountain West championships and three West titles.
Who’s In? Jeff Tedford
Former Cal head coach went 82-57 with the Bears. Comes in after serving as an offensive consultant with the Washington Huskies.
Who’s Out? Trent Miles
Did the impossible and took the program to a bowl game last year – lost. He started 2-8 this year before getting fired with a career 9-38 record with the school.
Who’s In? Shawn Elliott
The South Carolina offensive line coach stepped in after Steve Spurrier quit on his team and went 1-5 in a tough situation. He’s going to bring the fire, the energy, and the running game.
Who’s Out? Tom Herman
The hottest name in college coaching, he went 22-4. Beat Florida State, Louisville, and Oklahoma, but lost to Connecticut, SMU, Navy and Memphis.
Who’s In? Major Applewhite
The program wanted someone for the long term, and it apparently wanted to keep it in-house. Now the recruiting season is still alive, and the offensive production should keep on rolling.
Who’s Out? Kevin Wilson
Did a brilliant job of making Indiana football matter, going 26-47 but leading the way to two straight bowl seasons. But he apparently didn’t get along well with others.
Who’s In? Tom Allen
The Hoosier have a real defense for the first time in forever, and Allen – coming over from South Florida this season – had a lot to do with that. The idea is to keep continuity throughout the bowl and recruiting season.
Who’s Out? Les Miles
The resume is ridiculous – 114-34, a national title, two SEC championships, three SEC West titles. But Alabama took things to another level in the division.
Who’s In? Ed Orgeron
America’s interim head man has gone 21-29 all-time as a head coach – 10-25 against Ole Miss – but 11-4 at USC and LSU.
Who’s Out? Brian Polian
He was fine, but the bar is set higher at Nevada now. He went 23-27 with two winning seasons and two bowl appearances, but that wasn’t enough with a disappointing 5-7 2016 campaign.
Who’s In? Jay Norvell
The Arizona State assistant coach and passing game coordinator will try to change up the offensive style. A veteran offensive coordinator, he’s never been a head coach, but get ready for the passing attack to get rolling.
Who’s Out? Mark Helfrich
37-16 as the head coach, took team to 2014 national title game – lost. Epic meltdown in 2015 Alamo Bowl part of brutal 4-9 run before getting canned.
Who’s In? Willie Taggart
24-25 as the USF head coach in four years, but after a 9-19 start, he went 17-4 with a share of this year’s American Athletic Conference East title.
Who’s Out? Darrell Hazell
He never got it going, finishing 9-33 with four straight awful years.
Who’s In? Jeff Brohm
Cranked it up as the WKU head coach, going 30-10 with two straight Conference USA championships. Considered one of the top offense coaches, he went 22-5 over the last two years.
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Who’s Out? Ron Caragher
He made the best out of a tough place to succeed, going 19-30 in four years, but got the team to a bowl game – thanks to the Academic Progress Report – with a Cure win last season.
Who’s In? Brent Brennan
Capitalizing on the high-octane Oregon State passing game that finished 111th in the country, the program snagged its receivers coach.
Who’s Out? Willie Taggart
Turned around the program and built it back up into an offensive machine, going 10-2 this year with one of the nation’s top ground games.
Who’s In? Charlie Strong
And there’s a chance he could stick for a while. He did the big-time head coaching thing, but if he can make South Florida a player in the American Athletic Conference for the next few years, he might just settle in. There are worse places to coach than Tampa.
Who’s Out? Matt Rhule
Was like Al Golden, but with championships. He rebuilt the program going 2-10 in 2013 and 20-7 over the last two years with an American Athletic Conference championship this season.
Who’s In? Geoff Collins
The Florida defensive coordinator is a good step-up fit for the job and his career. Temple hasn’t had a high-flying offense, but the defensive pop should continue.
Who’s Out? Charlie Strong
Went 16-21 at Texas trying to build the program back up. The program wanted Tom Herman.
Who’s In? Tom Herman
22-4 at Houston with big wins over Florida State, Louisville (twice) and Oklahoma, he was the hot guy, but his team finished third in the American Athletic Conference West division.
Who’s Out? Jeff Brohm
On the plus side, the last three WKU coaches are Willie Taggart, Bobby Petrino and Jeff Brohm – there’s a good legacy. Brohm went 30-10 with two Conference USA titles in three years before moving on to Purdue.
Who’s In? Mike Sanford
It’s interesting. He’s a very young, former Boise State quarterback who cut his teeth coaching quarterbacks at WKU. He was able to help develop DeShone Kizer, and he’s going to come in trying to keep the offensive firepower going. Expect a whole lot of passing – as always.