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2012 College Football Coach Changes/How Many Years Does One Give a Coach?

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While there is a current season thread, there needs to be one regarding coaching changes here plus to discuss how long does a coach need to succeed.

There are seven FBS openings already and since the 2008-09 season there have been an average of 24 head coaching changes per year at the FBS level (firing, retiring, taking another job). This thread is an attempt to track these changes.

After the 2008 season: 22 coaching changes. Seven of those new hires are already gone (1 retire, 2 firings, 4 took other jobs).

After the 2009 season: 23 coaching changes. Five already fired and one other (Vandy) was an interim coach at the start of the season.

After the 2010 season: 24 coaching changes. Two coaches were interim (tOSU and UNC) and one already took another job (Ark. State)

After the 2011 season: 27 coaching changes with John L. Smith already ruled out as the permanent coach.

The current openings are (former coach in italics). New coaches in bold.

Arkansas: John L. Smith ---------> Bret Bielema [hired 12/4]

Arkansas State: Guz Malzhan [hired by Auburn 12/4]------> Bryan Harsin [hired 12/12]

Auburn: Gene Chizik [fired 11/25]------> Guz Malzhan [hired 12/4]

Boston College: Frank Spaziani [fired 11/25]------> Steve Addazio [hired 12/4]

California: Jeff Tedford---------> Sonny Dykes [hired 12/4]

Cincinnati: Butch Jones [hired by Tennessee 12/7]--------->Tommy Tubberville [hired 12/8]

Colorado: Jon Embree [fired 11/25]--------->Mike MacIntyre [hired 12/10]

Florida International: Mario Cristobal [fired 12/5]--------->Ron Turner [hired 1/04/2013]

Georgia State: Bill Curry [announced retirement 8/15]--------->Trent Miles [hired 11/30]

Idaho: Rob Akey--------------> Paul Petrino [hired 12/3]

Kentucky: Joker Phillips------------> Mark Stoops [hired 11/27]

Kent State: Darrell Hazell [hired by Purdue 12/5]------------>Paul Haynes [hired 12/18]

Louisiana Tech: Sonny Dykes [hired by Cal 12/5]---------->Skip Holtz [hired 12/14]

Nevada: Chris Ault [retired 12/28]----------> Brian Polian [hired 1/7/13]

New Mexico State: DeWayne Walker [resigned 1/24]]---------->

NC State: Tom O'Brien [fired 11/25]-----------> Dave Doeren [hired 12/1]

Northern Illinois: Dave Doeren [hired by NC State 12/1]----------->Rod Carey [hired 12/2]

Oregon: Chip Kelly [hired by Philadelphia Eagles 1/16/13]--------->Mark Helfrich

Purdue: Danny Hope [fired 11/25]---------> Darrell Hazell [hired 12/5]

San Jose State: Mike Macintyre [hired by Colorado 12/10]----------->Ron Caragher [hired 12/17]

South Florida: Skip Holtz [fired 12/2]---------> Willie Taggart [hired 12/8]

Southern Miss: Ellis Johnson [fired 11/27]----------->Todd Monken [hired 12/11]

Syracuse: Doug Marrone [hired by Bills 1/7/13]----------->Scott Shafer [hired 1/11/13]

Temple: Steve Addazio [hired by BC 12/4]----------->Matt Rhule [hired 12/17]

Tennessee: Derek Dooley-----------> Butch Jones [hired 12/7]

Texas Tech: Tommy Tubberville [hired by Cincinnati 12/8]----------->Kliff Kingsbury [hired 12/12]

Utah State: Gary Andersen [hired by Wisconsin 12/20]------->Matt Wells [hired 12/20]

UTEP: Mike Price [retirement]--------> Sean Kugler [hired 12/10]

Western Kentucky: Willie Taggart [hired by South Florida 12/8]------->Bobby Petrino [hired 12/10]

Western Michigan: Bill Cubit---------> P.J. Fleck [hired 12/17]

Wisconsin: Bret Bielema [hired by Arkansas 12/4]------->Gary Andersen [hired 12/20]

If you think a coach is on the hot seat, list it. IMO, the list of to be fired coaches include:

Eastern Michigan: Ron English (10-38 in four seasons)

New Mexico State: DeWayne Walker (career 10-39 in four seasons)

South Florida: Skip Holtz (team has not improved)

Southern Miss : Ellis Johnson (in a season, they went from 12-wins to 0-12)

UNLV: Bobby Hauck (a late night loss @ Hawaii will make him 6-32 in three seasons)

USC: Lane Kiffin (AD Pat Haden said after the UCLA game that Kiffin would return, but after losing to ND he may have his voicemail full and the bigger question is who to replace him)

Washington: Steve Sarkisian (took over a o-11 team, but he is just 26-24 in four years going into a new Husky Stadium. They thought he would be better and spent $$$ for higher priced assistants and lost to a 2-win Wazzu.)

Wyoming: Dave Christensen (22-27 in four years and his tirade after the Air Force game didn't help)

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The absolute minimum you give a coach is 3 years. And that's if he just does a flat out awful job and has something like 3 or 4 conference wins and isn't bringing in anything in recruiting that makes you think they can turn around. There are a lot of people that don't know what they're talking about that have been saying Tim Beckman should be fired at Illinois after just this season. Firing a coach after 1 or 2 seasons will just set a team back even further than they were before and makes the job even less attractive than it already is.

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If Colorado head coach Jon Embree isn't gone after going 1-11 this season, he'll certianly be gone following the next. If he were showing any form of improvment it would be different. But four wins in two seasons is unacceptable for any Pac-12 Conference school. In fact, the Buffaloes are considerably worse now than they were under Dan Hawkins, which some thought to be impossible.

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Well, if you believe anything from this neck of the woods, Iowa's coach (Kirk Ferentz) is on the hot seat. Especially after this season where they finished 0-6.

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Steve Sarkisian is on his third bowl game after a long time of not very much for the Huskies. I think the job stays his until he himself finds something better (maybe back to USC?).

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It's official now: Gene Chizik is out at Auburn

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It's official now: Gene Chizik is out at Auburn

How do you fire the coach who won a National Championship two years ago?

What have you done for me lately

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A lot of that championship can be attributed with Auburn's ability to land a single player just for one season. This season they didn't win an SEC game and was the first season where Chizik recruits were seniors. Not to mention that he's got the program under investigation and was not thought highly of at the time of the hire. Auburn is a great coaching destination, they'll be able to get a quality replacement for him.

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A lot of that championship can be attributed with Auburn's ability to land a single player just for one season. This season they didn't win an SEC game and was the first season where Chizik recruits were seniors. Not to mention that he's got the program under investigation and was not thought highly of at the time of the hire. Auburn is a great coaching destination, they'll be able to get a quality replacement for him.

Auburn's fired their last three coaches that had undefeated seasons. You've gotta recruit against Nick Saban. And there's a looming NCAA investigation.

Good luck!

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A lot of that championship can be attributed with Auburn's ability to land a single player just for one season. This season they didn't win an SEC game and was the first season where Chizik recruits were seniors. Not to mention that he's got the program under investigation and was not thought highly of at the time of the hire. Auburn is a great coaching destination, they'll be able to get a quality replacement for him.

Auburn's fired their last three coaches that had undefeated seasons. You've gotta recruit against Nick Saban. And there's a looming NCAA investigation.

Good luck!

But because it's an "SEC job", some sucker will take it.

Any frontrunners yet?

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But because it's an "SEC job", some sucker will take it.

Any frontrunners yet?

Auburn is most likely going to use a search firm in the process. DHR International, Parker Executive Search, Alden and Associates, Eastman & Beaudine are typically used for coaching jobs. Parker is located in Atlanta.

Auburn is paying over $11M in buyouts for Chizik and three assistants. They also need to hire a new Assoc. AD too.

Banker Bobby Lowder and Jimmy Rane, the owner of Great Southern Wood (aka YellaWood) will probably be writing the checks.

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A lot of that championship can be attributed with Auburn's ability to land a single player just for one season. This season they didn't win an SEC game and was the first season where Chizik recruits were seniors. Not to mention that he's got the program under investigation and was not thought highly of at the time of the hire. Auburn is a great coaching destination, they'll be able to get a quality replacement for him.

Auburn's fired their last three coaches that had undefeated seasons. You've gotta recruit against Nick Saban. And there's a looming NCAA investigation.

Good luck!

They have a top ten class coming in for next year. We don't know yet what the sanctions will be if there are any. They probably have the top job available (maybe Arkansas) unless USC fires Kiffin.

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Jon Embree,

YOUUUUURRRRRREEEE FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRED!!!!!!!!!!

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Getting a new coach isn't going to help them. Colorado lost because they had the talent level of an FCS school. They need better players, not a good coach. Unless they somehow think the new coach can bring in a better recruiting class, to which I say to him, good luck. You'll need it.

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Reports say Colorado is interested in ex-Kansas head coach Mark Mangino. Yes, that guy.

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