Coaching Carousel 3.0


Colorado State, Mike Bobo Part Ways from one another. After going 7-6 each of his first 3 seasons (0-3 in bowl games), the last two years he has went 3-9, and 4-8. Finishing 28-35 in 5 years, and .500 in conference play.

Christ Petersen steps down at Washington. After a great coaching record at Boise State for 8 years (92-12), Petersen changed venues in 2014 and decided to take over the Washington Huskies where he followed his Boise State record with a very good record at Washington (54-26). Including a playoff berth in 2016. Jimmy Lake has been named head coach following Petersen’s departure.

Old Dominion fired Bobby Wilder after 10 years at the school. A respectable coaching record at Old Dominion, turned poor in the last 2 seasons. After the first 8 seasons where Wilder’s teams went 72-37. The last 2 seasons have went downhill, going 4-8 and this year 1-11. Forcing Old Dominion to move on from the longest tenured coach on this list of dismissals.

Ole Miss fired Matt Luke. After the “Ole Piss” nickname was taken to a whole new meaning on Saturday between Mississippi State and Ole Miss. One school keeps their coach while the other one gets fired. Matt Luke has went 15-21 (6-18 in conference) since the firing of Hugh Freeze after he was found of cheating in recruiting. It was reported he was notified while in the home of a recruit and he still tried to get the recruit to go to Ole Miss.

Boston College fired Steve Addazio after going 44-44 in his 7 seasons at the school. Never surpassing the 7 win mark it was past time for the school to move on from Addazio but look for him to get another head coaching job at a group of 5 in the near future. His overall coaching record sits at 57-55.

South Florida: Dan Wolken has reported that Charlie Strong will not return as their head coach next season. Since leaving Louisville for Texas, Strong has went 37-37 in his stints at Texas and South Florida after going 37-15 at Louisville.

UTSA: UTSA fired their head coach Frank Wilson after 4 seasons, Wilson went 19-29 overall but expect him to land on his feet really quickly as he has been noted as a very good recruiter in the South.

Missouri: Missouri fired Barry Odom after this season where he ended the season beating the Razorbacks in Little Rock 24-14. He went 25-25 overall, expect someone to pick up Barry Odom as a defensive coordinator if no head coaching jobs become available for him. (He does have connections with some coaches in the running for the Razorbacks job).

Rutgers: Chris Ash was fired by Rutgers earlier in the season and his replacement has already been hired (see hires below).

New Mexico: Bob Davie and New Mexico have decided to part ways, the 65 year old struggled this year at the helm after going 2-9 this season 0-7 in conference.

UNLV: Tony Sanchez was fired after going 19-40 in his career there.

Arkansas fired Chad Morris after going 4-18 in less than 2 seasons.

Florida State fired Willie Taggart after he was not living up to expectations in the Seminole school.


Clay Helton of USC has had one heck of a roller coaster ride so far this season. Seat has been boiling at times and then it has been reported and re-reported that he was fired and then kept. As of this moment he is still the head coach of USC.

Joe Moorhead will return as head coach with the Mississippi State Bulldogs for next season. According to reports, the victory against Ole Miss helped his cause for return.

Kevin Sumlin set to return to Arizonas sidelines next season. After going 4-8 this season Sumlin has been unable to do very well in the desert but their AD has said dismissing him is not something they intend to do.

Will Muschamp is expected to be the head coach at South Carolina next season.


It has been reported that 2 assistants for the UofA have been informed not to list their houses on the market. Barry Lunney Jr. who was the interim head coach is expected to be retained, along with Jeff Traylor, the running backs coach.

As of the moment there are still 3 names at the top of the hogs list and there has been fans plane watching just about everywhere that you can think of. The 3 names that have constantly been mentioned are:
Lane Kiffin
Mike Leach
Justin Fuente
Honorable Mentioned:
Willie Fritz
Butch Davis
Gus Malzahn

Lane Kiffin has been the front runner in the Arkansas rumors and will probably remain that way until either he or someone else is announced. One thing that I do like about Kiffin being hired is the possibility of Randy Shannon coming back as defensive coordinator. Shannon was a LB coach with Arkansas under Beilema for a season.

Mike Leach talks have died down in the recent days and it seems like the razorback fans have also let them go a lot. Seems to me that most want Kiffin over Leach. I am also in that boat just because of the age and unsure if Leach can get a defensive coordinator to come to Arkansas and turn it around.

Justin Fuente was also a name that seemed to get a lot of attention last week but has also slowed down a bit. Perhaps that was because of the loss to Virginia but I am not really sure. The appealing thing about Fuente is that if he is hired then I would hope that Barry Odom would be his defensive coordinator. That is very appealing to me.

For the sake of length in this post I will not go thru the honorable mentions, they are noted just for the sake that they are rumored… but don’t expect Gus Malzahn… not happening.

As always if there are any questions then please comment on here or twitter @grayman1410. Go Hogs WPS!!!

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