Fired, resigned, retired: Looking at the FBS coaching changes in 2019

  • Fired, resigned, retired: Looking at the FBS coaching changes in 2019

    Once again, the FBS coaching carousel has started its annual spin.

    There have been 20 FBS coaching changes in the FBS, continuing the trend of at least 20 or more changes in each of the last four seasons. That included 27 in 2018, 20 in 2017, 23 in 2016 and 28 in 2015. With that, Sporting News will continue to track the coaching changes here throughout the 2019 season.

    So: Who has resigned, retired or been fired?

  • 1 Chris Ash, Rutgers

    Fired (Sept. 30): Rutgers fired Ash, in his fourth year in Piscataway, after a 52-0 shutout vs. No. 20 Michigan. It dropped the Scarlet Knights to 1-3 on the season and Ash to 8-40 for his tenure, which included winless Big Ten campaigns in 2016, '18 and '19.

    Hired (Nov. 30): Rutgers officially hired former Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano to resume control of the program. Schiano led the team from 2001-11, going 68-67 but leading the team to a top-10 ranking in 2006 and '07.

  • 2 Willie Taggart, Florida State

    Fired (Nov. 3): Florida State fired Taggart in just his second season in Tallahassee after a lackluster 27-10 loss to rival Miami. The loss dropped him to 9-12 for his career, which included an 0-3 mark against rivals Miami and Florida.

    Hired (Dec. 8): Florida State officially hired Mike Norvell after Memphis won the American Athletic Conference championship game. He had a 38-15 record at Memphis and should help re-energize Florida State's offense.

  • 3 Chad Morris, Arkansas

    Fired (Nov. 10): Arkansas fired Morris before he could finish his second season. The Razorbacks went 4-18 in his tenure and winless in SEC play. The final straw was a 45-19 loss to Group of 5 opponent Western Kentucky.

    Hired (Dec. 8): Arkansas hired Sam Pittman to a five-year, $15 million contract. Pittman had previously served as Arkansas' associate head coach and offensive line coach from 2013-15 before taking over as Georgia's O-line coach from 2016-18 (serving as an associate head coach as well in 2019).

  • 4 Tony Sanchez, UNLV

    Fired (Nov. 22): UNLV fired Sanchez on Nov. 22, but allowed him to coach the final two games of the Rebels' schedule. Those were a 38-35 win vs. San Jose State and a 33-30 overtime win vs. Nevada. His team went 4-8 in 2019: the fifth sub-.500 season for Sanchez, who went 20-40 in five seasons.

    Hired (Dec. 11): UNLV hired Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo to a five-year, $7.7 million deal. He'd also served as associate head coach, tight ends and quarterbacks coach at Oregon from 2017-19.

  • 5 Barry Odom, Missouri

    Fired (Nov. 30): Missouri fired Odom a day after the Tigers' season-ending, 24-14 win against Arkansas. The win improved the Tigers to 6-6 in 2019 and 25-25 under Odom. He coached the Tigers to two bowl games (losing both) but never won more than eight games in a season.

    Hired (Dec. 10): Missouri hired Eli Drinkwitz as its new head coach. Drinkwitz led Appalachian State to an 11-1 record in his lone season as the Mountaineers' head coach, including a berth in the New Orleans Bowl. He had previously served as the offensive coordinator at N.C. State from 2016-18.

  • 6 Frank Wilson, UTSA

    Fired (Dec. 1): UTSA fired Wilson at the conclusion of his fourth season in San Antonio, capping a tenure that saw him go 19-29. Wilson's 2019 campaign featured a 4-8 record, capped by a 41-27 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Wilson managed just one winning season in four years, going 6-5 in 2017.

    Hired (Dec. 9): UTSA hired Jeff Traylor to a five-year deal with a guaranteed $800.000 in Year 1 of his contract. Traylor had previously served as the associate head coach and running backs coach at Arkansas in 2018 and '19.

  • 7 Charlie Strong, USF

    Fired (Dec. 1): USF fired Strong following the Bulls' 34-7 loss to Central Florida on Nov. 29. Strong went 37-21 in three seasons in Tampa, but that includes his first season in which he led USF to a 10-2 record. The Bulls went 7-6 in 2018 and 4-8 in 2019.

    Hired (Dec. 9): USF hired Jeff Scott to a five-year, $9.5 million deal. Scott has been a part of Clemson's staff since 2008, when the team transitioned from Tommy Bowden to Dabo Swinney. He had been the Tigers' co-offensive coordinator since 2015.

  • 8 Steve Addazio, Boston College

    Fired (Dec. 1): Boston College fired Addazio on Sunday following the Eagles' 26-19 win over Pitt. The Eagles finished the 2019 season 6-6, bringing Addazio's overall record at Boston College to 44-44. He never finished better than .500 in the ACC and went 1-3 in bowl games.

    Hired (Dec. 14): Boston College hired Jeff Hafley to replace Addazio as its head coach. He was Ohio State's co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 2019, following a three-year stint as the San Francisco 49ers' secondary coach.

  • 9 Matt Luke, Ole Miss

    Fired (Dec. 1): Luke was fired after a 4-8 season, punctuated by the Rebels' embarrassing loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. Ole Miss kept going backward in Luke's three seasons, from 6-6 in 2017 to 5-7 in 2018 to 4-8 in 2019. The Rebels were 6-18 in SEC play during his tenure.

    Hired (Dec. 7): Kiffin is back in the Power 5 for his fifth stint as a head coach. The Rebels are 11-14 since Hugh Freeze resigned, but Kiffin has the ability to lift this team back into the upper half of the SEC West. We know it's going to be fun to watch no matter what happens.

  • 10 Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion

    Fired (Dec. 2): Old Dominion fired Wilder following the Monarchs' 38-22 loss to Charlotte, which dropped them to 1-11 on the season. Wilder compiled a 31-42 record over six seasons, including a 10-3 campaign in 2016 in which the Monarchs won the Bahamas Bowl.

    Hired (Dec. 9): Old Dominion hired Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne to become the Monarchs' new coach. Rahne was signed to a $3.75 million contract over five years. He spent the last two seasons at Penn State as its offensive coordinator and had served on its staff since 2014.

  • 11 Chris Petersen, Washington

    Resigned (Dec. 2): Petersen announced his resignation from Washington on Monday following his team's 31-13 win over rival Washington State (his sixth straight in the series). Petersen compiled a 54-26 record in Seattle, including three 10-plus-win campaigns from 2016-18. He led the Huskies to three straight New Year's Day 6 bowls in those seasons, including a berth in the 2016 College Football Playoff. He resigned after Washington's 38-7 bowl win over Boise State.

    Hired (Dec. 2): Washington announced Huskies defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will assume the role of head coach following Petersen's resignation. Lake has served as an assistant at both the collegiate and NFL levels since 1999 and has been a part of Petersen's staff since 2012 at both Boise State and Washington.

  • 12 Mike Bobo, Colorado State

    Resigned (Dec. 4): Colorado State parted ways with Bobo, who had a 28-35 record over five seasons. The former Georgia offensive coordinator led the Rams to three seven-win seasons before the program slipped to a combined 7-17 record the last two seasons.

    Hired (Dec. 11): Former Boston College coach Steve Addazio will take over the Rams program. The Eagles were mostly mediocre during Addazio's seven seasons, with seven wins in five of those years and six wins in 2019.

  • 13 Jeff Tedford, Fresno State

    Resigned (Dec. 6): The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reports Tedford will resign because of health reasons. Tedford took the job at Fresno State in 2017 and compiled a 26-14 record. The Bulldogs slipped to 4-8 this season. Tedford turned 58 in November.

    Hired (Dec. 17): Fresno State hired Kalen DeBoer to a five-year, $7 millon contract. DeBoer served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Fresno State in 2017-18 before taking on the offensive coordinator position at Indiana in 2019.

  • 14 Lane Kiffin, FAU

    Resigned (Dec. 7): Kiffin resigned from FAU after leading the Owls to a second Conference-USA championship in three seasons. He does so to take over at Ole Miss. Kiffin had a 26-13 record at FAU.

    Hired (Dec. 11): FAU turned to former Florida State coach Willie Taggart to succeed Kiffin. The Seminoles fired Taggart in November after just 21 games (9-12). Taggart certainly knows the state, having also coached at South Florida.

  • 15 Mike Norvell, Memphis

    Resigned (Dec. 8): Norvell resigned at Memphis to take the Florida State job in replacement of Willie Taggart. The 38-year-old was among the most coveted Group of 5 hires after a four-year stint with the Tigers that produced a 38-15 record. Memphis sent eight players to the NFL Draft the last four seasons, including four skill position players.

    Hired (Dec. 13): Memphis removed the "interim" tag on Ryan Silverfield, who had served as associate head coach and offensive line at Memphis in 2019. He coached the Tigers in their Cotton Bowl berth against Penn State, a 53-39 loss.

  • 16 Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State

    Fired (Jan. 3): Mississippi State fired Moorhead after two seasons in which he went 14-12. The Bulldogs reportedly were ready to fire him after the Egg Bowl, but their win over Ole Miss — thanks in part to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by the Rebels — extended his tenure for one game. The university fired him after Mississippi State's 38-28 loss to Louisville in the Music City Bowl.

    Hired (Jan. 9): The Bulldogs have chosen Mike Leach as their new head coach ahead of the 2020 season.

  • 17 Matt Rhule, Baylor

    Resigned (Jan. 7): Matt Rhule resigned at Baylor to become the new coach for the Carolina Panthers, according to multiple reports (first reported by Pete Thamel). Rhule went 19-20 in three seasons in Waco, engineering one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history and subsequently being named Sporting News' 2019 College Football Coach of the Year.

    Hired (Jan. 16): Baylor hired LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to replace Rhule a few days after LSU's national title game win over Clemson. Aranda has served as defensive coordinator since 2013 at both Wisconsin and LSU, the latter of which he has served since 2016.

  • 18 Rocky Long, San Diego State

    Retired (Jan. 8): Rocky Long retired from his position as the Aztecs' coach on Wednesday. He compiled an 81-38 record in San Diego since 2011, including a 10-3 record in 2019. The Aztecs made it to nine straight bowls under Long and won three Mountain West conference titles under his tenure.

    Hired (Jan. 8): Hoke, the Aztecs' defensive line coach in 2019, took over immediately as head coach following Long's retirement. Ironically, Hoke is the coach whom Long replaced in 2011 after he led the program to a 13-12 record in 2009 and '10. Hoke also had stints at Ball State (34-38), Michigan (31-20) and Tennessee (0-2 as interim coach).

  • 19 Mike Leach, Washington State

    Resigned (Jan. 9): Leach will be the new head coach at Mississippi State, the school announced. That leaves an opening at Washington State, where he went 55-47 in eight seasons.

    Hired (Jan. 14): Washington State hired Hawaii's Nick Rolovich to replace Leach. Rolovich comes to Pullman after coaching four years at Hawaii.

  • 20 Nick Rolovich, Hawaii

    Resigned (Jan. 14): Hawaii's Nick Rolovich resigned from his position to take over at Washington State in replacement of Mike Leach. Rolovich coached at Hawaii from 2016-19, compiling a 28-27 record, three winning seasons, a West Division title in the Mountain West and a 2-1 bowl record.

    Hired (Jan. 21): Hawaii announced the hiring of former Arizona State coach Todd Graham to replace Rolovich. Graham compiled a 46-32 record at Arizona State from 2012-17, leading the team to a Pac-12 South Division championship in 2013. He had previously coached at Rice (2006), Tulsa (2007-10) and Pitt (2011), compiling a 49-29 record.