Coaching Moves this Off-season

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    Follicular profiling taking place at UT...
     
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      Ohio State: Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano will remain with the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer said Wednesday, contrary to a report earlier in the week that Schiano would join the New England Patriots staff. In addition, Meyer expects his next contract extension to be for two additional years, through 2022.


      Michigan:
      Senior offensive analyst Ed Warinner will earn $250,000 annually on a two-year contract, according to MLive. Warinner was previously earning $375,000 annually as Minnesota offensive line coach.


      Baylor: ESPN's Adam Schefter speculated Tuesday night that the Indianapolis Colts could look at Baylor head coach Matt Rhule again for their head coaching job, after Josh McDaniels backed out. Schefter reports the Colts liked Rhule when he first interviewed.


      Alabama: Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar is in discussions to join the Pittsburgh Steelers staff, according to the New York Daily News.
       
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      Tennessee: officially announced all of their new coaches on Thursday afternoon.

      OFFENSE

      • Tyson Helton, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
      • Will Friend, offensive line coach
      • Robert Gillespie, running backs coach
      • David Johnson, wide receivers coach
      • Brian Niedermeyer, tight ends coach
      DEFENSE

      • Kevin Sherrer, defensive coordinator/inside linebackers
      • Chris Rumph, co-defensive coordinator/outside linebackers
      • Charles Kelly, special teams coordinator/safeties coach
      • Terry Fair, cornerbacks coach
      • Tracy Rocker, defensive line coach
       
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      Who the hell is this guy?

      LSU:
      Former Florida head strength coach Vic Viloria will join the LSU staff as an assistant strength coach.


      Clemson:
      Defensive coordinator Brent Venables has received a new three-year deal that pays him $2 million annually, up from $1.7 million last year. Co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott have also received $50,000 raises to $850,000 annually.

      Vandy adds 4 coaches:

      Vanderbilt: San Francisco 49ers senior defensive assistant Jason Tarver has joined Vanderbilt as defensive coordinator and has also been given play-calling duties from head coach Derek Mason. Other official additions to the Vanderbilt staff include Cleveland Browns special teams assistant Shawn Mennenga (special teams coordinator), former Texas A&M wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead (wide receivers coach) and Washington graduate assistant Terrance Brown (cornerbacks coach).

      Interesting here, Robert Gillespie (former UF RB) was retained....but only given a 1-year contract (all the other coaches got 2 or 3 year deals):

      Tennessee: The contract info for Tennessee assistants are as follows: OC Tyson Helton (three years, $1.205 million), OL coach Will Friend (three years, $805,000), co-DC/OLB coach Chris Rumph (three years, $805,000), DC/ILB coach Kevin Sherrer (three years, $705,000), RB coach Robert Gillespie (one year, $515,000), WR coach David Johnson (two years, $505,000), DL coach Tracy Rocker (two years, $505,000), safeties coach Charles Kelly (two years, $330,000), CB coach Terry Fair ($225,000), TE coach Brian Niedermeyer (two years, $205,000), and head strength coach Fitzgerald (three years, $625,000).


      This is interesting, former ND coach Bob Davie (how does he still have a job in this climate we live in??):

      New Mexico: Head coach Bob Davie has been suspended for 30 days, according to the Albuquerque Journal. An outside law firm hired by the school says it could not conclude football staff has obstructed with criminal investigations or misconduct cases, but the firm recommends school leadership “take strong action to ensure that the University does not and will not — in any aspect of the University’s program, including athletics —tolerate sexual harassment, sexual assault, physical abuse or other prohibited misconduct against its students.” Davie has been under investigation since September for alleged player mistreatment.
       
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      Bob Davies' ND 1950ish offense is trendy in a way now. Several schools run it. I'm surprised he hasnt been hired away by a bigger school seeking to capitalize on the father of the Creyer/Mullinz offense.
       
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      I wasn't referring to the type of offense he's running....I was referring to him getting suspended by UNM for a month for allegedly allowing sexual harrassment/misconduct within his program (suspended vs. getting fired)...
       
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        @bradthetruth: El Camino College (JC – CA) running backs coach / special teams coordinator Cordell Landers is taking a job as the assistant director of player personnel development with the FLorida Gators.
         
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          This is the 2nd juco coach we've added.
           
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          Here are the complete details of the assistants’ contracts:

          • Wesley McGriff – 3-year contract, $1.1 million/year (2017: $1 million/year)
          • Phil Longo – 2-year contract, $700,000/year (2017: $600,000/year)
          • Freddie Roach – 3-year contract, $500,000/year (2017: $375,000/year)
          • Jacob Peeler – 1-year contract, $425,000/year (2017: $375,000/year)
          • Jason Jones – 2-year contract, $400,000/year (2017: 400,000/year)
          • Maurice Harris – 1-year contract, $400,000/year (2017: $400,000/year)
          • Jack Bicknell – 1-year contract, $400,000/year (2017: $150,000/year)
          • Derrick Nick – 1-year contract, $400,000/year (2017: $400,000/year)
          • Charles Clark – 2-year contract, $350,000/year
          • Jon Sumrall – 2-year contract, $350,000/year
          Head coach Matt Luke, who was hired as the permanent head coach in November, received a 4-year contract from the university and will earn $3 million in 2018.
           
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          Michigan: Former Jets offensive coordinator John Morton is another candidate for the receivers job at Michigan, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.


          LSU: Per source, Garden City CC (JC – KS) wide receivers coach Leon Wright has accepted a defensive analyst role at LSU.
           
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          Ohio State: Taver Johnson, who coached the defensive backs at Purdue before joining the Temple staff as defensive coordinator in 2017, is joining the staff to coach the corners, a source tells FootballScoop. Read more here.Johnson has also coached at Arkansas, Miami (OH), Cleveland Browns, and Notre Dame, and previously coached the Buckeye corners from 2007-11.

          USC: USC has announced that offensive coordinator Tee Martin and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast have signed contract extensions. Terms were not disclosed.
           
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          This is an good read on ranking of the 130 D1 coaches tenures. The average length of employment for D1 coaches right now is 26 months.

          Re-ranking the longest FBS coaching tenures from 1-to-130: 2018 edition


          http://footballscoop.com/news/re-ranking-longest-fbs-coaching-tenures-1-130-2018-edition/

          Before we get to the list, a few notes:

          – We have a new No. 1. Oklahoma was one of the three jobs to change hands after I published the 2017 list, as Bob Stoops handed the reins as the longest active, continuous FBS head coach to Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz.

          – In 2017 we celebrated the end of Mike Gundy’s iconic “I’m a man! I’m 40!” rant. That 40-year-old was in his third year on the job at Oklahoma State. The 50-year-old Gundy is now the fifth-longest tenured head coach in FBS.

          – Remember when everyone said Nick Saban wouldn’t last until Season ___ at Alabama? The 2017 season was his 11th at Alabama and his now in the top 10 of longest-tenured coaches. Prior to Alabama, the longest Saban had stayed at any of his 12 stops was five seasons.

          – With Mark Hudpseth getting let go at Louisiana-Lafayette, not a single head coach hired in the year 2010 remains employed.

          – Kevin Sumlin and Jim Mora were hired at Texas A&M and UCLA, respectively, on the same day in 2011, and both lasted seven seasons on the job — but the Sumlin era was, technically, one week longer. Mora was officially pushed out on Nov. 19, 2017, while Sumlin formally lasted until Nov. 26.

          – When this project began in 2012, Mark Stoops was the “oldest” new coach, ranking in the low 100’s. He’s now No. 30.

          – The median hire date for FBS head coaches is Nov. 29, 2015, when Matt Campbell was hired at Iowa State and Justin Fuente landed at Virginia Tech. The average FBS head coach has been on the job for 26 months.

          – Jeff Tedford has coached one season at Fresno State, and he’s been on the job longer than 31 percent of his peers.

          – The December signing period had a major effect on how FBS athletics department do business. The 2013-14 hiring class, for instance, still has five coaches who were hired after Jan. 1. The 2017-18 class? Just one: Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin, who was hired after Rich Rodriguez was forced out due to an off-the-field issue that could have popped up at any point in the year. Outside of Sumlin, the latest hire in the 2017-18 class was Kent State’s Sean Lewis. He was hired Dec. 21.

          – The census of FBS programs remains at 130 from 2017 to ’18, though the roster has changed. Idaho has dropped down to the FCS Big Sky Conference, while Liberty has joined FBS as an independent. New Mexico State, kicked out of the Sun Belt alongside Idaho, remains in FBS as an independent.

          With an eternal shoutout to Patrick Stevens, the originator of this idea, see the full list below:

          1998
          1. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa – Dec. 2

          2000
          2. Gary Patterson, TCU – Dec. 8

          2004
          3. Kyle Whittingham, Utah – Dec. 9
          4. Frank Solich, Ohio – Dec. 17

          2005
          5. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – Jan. 3
          6. Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee – Dec. 12

          2006
          7. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern – July 7
          8. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State – Nov. 27
          9. Troy Calhoun, Air Force – Dec. 22

          2007
          10. Nick Saban, Alabama – Jan. 3
          11. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion – Feb. 13
          12. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – Dec. 7
          13. Ken Niumatalolo, Navy – Dec. 8
          14. David Cutcliffe, Duke – Dec. 15

          2008
          15. Dabo Swinney, Clemson – Oct. 13
          16. Bill Snyder, Kansas State – Nov. 24

          2009
          17. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – Dec. 11
          18. Doc Holliday, Marshall – Dec. 17

          2011
          19. Rocky Long, San Diego State – Jan. 12
          20. David Shaw, Stanford – Jan. 13
          21. Brad Lambert, Charlotte – March 1
          22. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – June 11
          23. Bob Davie, New Mexico – Nov. 17
          24. Urban Meyer, Ohio State – Nov. 28
          25. Mike Leach, Washington State – Nov. 30
          26. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – Dec. 8
          27. Turner Gill, Liberty – Dec. 14
          28. Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina – Dec. 20
          29. Terry Bowden, Akron – Dec. 22

          2012
          30. Mark Stoops, Kentucky – Nov. 27
          31. Dave Doeren, NC State – Dec. 1
          32. Rod Carey, Northern Illinois – Dec. 2
          33. Steve Addazio, Boston College – Dec. 4
          34. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – Dec. 4
          35. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – Dec. 10
          36. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – Dec. 12
          37(t). Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech – Dec. 14
          37(t). Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State – Dec. 14
          39. Matt Wells, Utah State – Dec. 20

          2013
          40. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – Feb. 1
          41. Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – Dec. 3
          42. Chris Petersen, Washington – Dec. 6
          43. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – Dec. 8
          44. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest – Dec. 10
          45(t). Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan – Dec. 11
          45(t). Bryan Harsin, Boise State – Dec. 11
          47. Blake Anderson, Arkansas State – Dec. 19
          48. Jeff Monken, Army – Dec. 24

          2014
          49. Bobby Petrino, Louisville – Jan. 9
          50. James Franklin, Penn State – Jan. 11
          51. Mark Whipple, Massachusetts – Jan. 14
          52. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt – Jan. 17
          53. Bill Clark, UAB – Jan. 21
          54(t). Neal Brown, Troy – Dec. 1
          54(t). Lance Leipold, Buffalo – Dec. 1
          56. David Beaty, Kansas – Dec. 5
          57(t). Philip Montgomery, Tulsa – Dec. 11
          57(t). Tony Sanchez, UNLV – Dec. 11
          59. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin – Dec. 17
          60. Mike Bobo, Colorado State – Dec. 23
          61. Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh – Dec. 26
          62. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan – Dec. 30

          2015
          63. John Bonamego, Central Michigan – Feb. 8
          64. Nick Rolovich, Hawaii – Nov. 27
          65(t). Matt Campbell, Iowa State – Nov. 29
          65(t). Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – Nov. 29
          67. Clay Helton, USC – Nov. 30
          68(t). Jason Candle, Toledo – Dec. 2
          68(t). D.J. Durkin, Maryland – Dec. 2
          70. Barry Odom, Missouri – Dec. 3
          71(t). Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia – Dec. 4
          71(t). Mike Norvell, Memphis – Dec. 4
          71(t). Mark Richt, Miami – Dec. 4
          74(t). Dino Babers, Syracuse – Dec. 5
          74(t). Seth Littrell, North Texas – Dec. 5
          76(t). Kirby Smart, Georgia – Dec. 6
          76(t). Will Muschamp, South Carolina – Dec. 6
          78. Chris Ash, Rutgers – Dec. 7
          79. Mike Jinks, Bowling Green – Dec. 8
          80. Willie Fritz, Tulane – Dec. 12
          81. Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina – Dec. 13
          82. Matt Viator, Louisiana-Monroe – Dec. 14
          83. Kalani Sitake, BYU – Dec. 19

          2016
          84. Everett Withers, Texas State – Jan. 6
          85. Mike Neu, Ball State – Jan. 7
          86. Frank Wilson, UTSA – Jan. 15
          87. Jay Hopson, Southern Miss – Jan. 30
          88. Lovie Smith, Illinois – March 7
          89. Jeff Tedford, Fresno State – Nov. 10
          90. Butch Davis, Florida International – Nov. 15
          91(t). Ed Orgeron, LSU – Nov. 26
          91(t). Tom Herman, Texas – Nov. 26
          93. Tom Allen, Indiana – Dec. 1
          94. Jeff Brohm, Purdue – Dec. 5
          95. Matt Rhule, Baylor – Dec. 6
          96. Brent Brennan, San Jose State – Dec. 7
          97. Shawn Elliott, Georgia State – Dec. 8
          98(t). Major Applewhite, Houston – Dec. 9
          98(t). Jay Norvell, Nevada – Dec. 9
          100. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati – Dec. 10
          101. Charlie Strong, South Florida – Dec. 11
          102(t). Geoff Collins, Temple – Dec. 13
          102(t). Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic – Dec. 13
          104. Mike Sanford, Western Kentucky – Dec. 14
          105. Randy Edsall, Connecticut – Dec. 28

          2017
          106. P.J. Fleck, Minnesota – Jan. 6
          107. Tim Lester, Western Michigan – Jan. 13
          108. Justin Wilcox, California – Jan. 14
          109. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma – June 7
          110. Matt Luke, Ole Miss – July 20
          111. Chip Kelly, UCLA – Nov. 25
          112. Dan Mullen, Florida – Nov. 26
          113. Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern – Nov. 27
          114(t). Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State – Nov. 29
          114(t). Jonathan Smith, Oregon State – Nov. 29
          116. Scott Frost, Nebraska – Dec. 2
          117. Herm Edwards, Arizona State – Dec. 3
          118. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M – Dec. 4
          119(t). Josh Heupel, UCF – Dec. 5
          119(t). Willie Taggart, Florida State – Dec. 5
          121(t). Mike Bloomgren, Rice – Dec. 6
          121(t). Dana Dimel, UTEP – Dec. 6
          121(t). Chad Morris, Arkansas – Dec. 6
          124(t). Steve Campbell, South Alabama – Dec. 7
          124(t). Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee – Dec. 7
          126. Mario Cristobal, Oregon – Dec. 8
          127. Sonny Dykes, SMU – Dec. 11
          128. Billy Napier, Louisiana-Lafayette – Dec. 15
          129. Sean Lewis, Kent State – Dec. 21

          2018
          130. Kevin Sumlin, Arizona – Jan. 14
           
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          Tennessee: Former Florida State staffer Bert Biffani has been hired as defensive quality control assistant.
           
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          Who is/was this guy??

          Missouri: Chris Corr has been hired from Florida as director of recruiting, and Austyn Carta-Samuels has been moved from the recruiting department to an offensive analyst/quality control assistant working with the quarterbacks.

          New NAIA team in Florida??

          Keiser (NAIA – FL): Keiser head coach Doug Socha has announced his staff that will lead the team into their inaugural season as follows; Roy Istvan (assistant HC / OC / OL), David Padilla (strength), Myles Russ (RB / recruiting coordinator), Jelani Lord (WRs), Jesse Chiarolanzio (player personnel / offensive assistant), Dan Owen (DC), Cody Edwards (DE / assistant DC), Chad Veccharella (CBs), Vernon Wilder III (ILBs), Dan Sanso (DTs), Demaso Munoz (ST / assistant DBs), George Harvey (operations assistant).

          Boise State: Slight pay increases for seven assistant coaches is being discussed by the Idaho State Board of Education this week totaling about $200,000, according to the Idaho Statesman. The raises include a bump from $315k to $335k annually for DC Andy Avalos a raise from $285k to $300k for OC Zak Hill, a bump from $275k to $290k for STC / TEs coach Kent Riddle, a $225k annual salary fro DL coach Chad Kauha’aha’a, a raise from $225k to $250k for Brad Bedell, a bump from $195k to $210k for safeties coach Gabe Franklin, and receivers coach Eric Kiesau will go from $185k to $210k. Also, Running backs coach Lee Marks is set to make $155k next season, and since it below the $200k threshold it won’t need state board approval. Avalos and Hill will also receive a one-time bonus of $20k, while Riddle, Bedell, Franklin, Kiesau and Marks will all get a one-time bonus payment of $10k.
           
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          :lmao2::lmao2::lmao2:

          Horseteeth Fooley's real #1 pick to replace Chimp.... but he evntually changed his mind and pick that "sure thing" Butterteeth.

          Ole Fooley sure knows how to spot a winner.
           
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            Ohio State: Greg Schiano, Ryan Day join $1 million+ club as Ohio State doles out big raises to assistant coaches:

            The raises and total salaries for the eight returning OSU coaches are:
            • Greg Schiano – $700,000 in 2017 to $1,500,000 in 2018: $800,000 increase
            • Offensive coordinator/QB coach Ryan Day – $400,000 in 2017 to $1,000,000 in 2018: $600,000 increase
            • TE coach Kevin Wilson – $650,000 in 2017 to $800,000 in 2018: $150,000 increase
            • DL coach Larry Johnson – $575,225 in 2017 to $750,000 in 2018; $174,775 increase
            • RB coach Tony Alford – $450,000 in 2017 to $525,000 in 2018; $75,000 increase
            • LB coach Bill Davis – $500,000 in 2017; $500,000 in 2018
            • OL coach Greg Studrawa – $410,000 in 2017 to $500,000 in 2018; $90,000 increase
            • WR coach Zach Smith – $300,000 in 2017 to $340,000 in 2018; $40,000 increase
            New coaches Alex Grinch ($800,000) and Taver Johnson ($345,000) will both make six-figures in 2018 as well, meaning all but two of the 10 coaches will be paid at least a half a million dollars for the season.

            Meyer was listed with a $6.43 million base salary for last season but is currently undergoing conversations with the school on a two-year contract extension that would lock him up with the Buckeyes through the 2022 campaign. While the extension is not finalized, the release noted that it is expected to be voted on by that the OSU board of trustees at their meeting in April.
             
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            Florida Atlantic: Defensive coordinator Chris Kiffin has accepted a position with the San Francisco 49ers.

            Tennessee: Announces the hiring of Chris Weinke as RB coach. ASA College (N.Y.) head coach Joe Osovet has accepted an offensive quality control job at Tennessee.

            West Virginia: Toledo running backs coach Marquel Blackwell will join the staff as running backs coach.

            Auburn: Former Tigers quarterback Barrett Trotter has joined the staff as an offensive analyst, and GA Craig Sanders has been promoted to a defensive analyst, according to Tom Green of AL.com. Trotter and Sanders join Eric Munoz (offense), Devin Ducote (defense) and Jonathan Rutledge (special teams) in rounding out Gus Malzahn’s analyst staff.
             
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            I'd be willing to bet the Weinke hire is all about getting into IMG
             
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            I just posted a link in the Gillespie thread. That's a good point. But it was obvious Gillespie didn't know this move was coming....although he was not given a new contract (his current contract had 1-year left on it). He was pushed out for sure. Pruitt wanted to bring in Weinke who he had a relationship w/ at Alabama. I think Gillespie got screwed...but honestly, this is Pruitt's team now and Weinke has a big future in coaching (like it or not). I didn't even think about the IMG connection, but that makes sense too.
             
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            By the numbers: Where this year’s FBS head coach hires came from

            https://theathletic.com/242035/2018/02/15/college-football-coaching-carousel-2018-final-numbers/

            What could have been a crazy head coaching carousel in college football ended up quite average, but how we got there was unusual.

            Barring any unexpected changes, there were 21 head coaching changes in this cycle, the same number as last year. Over the past 10 years, there has been an average of 23.3 changes, with a high of 31 after the 2012 season, and a low of 15 after 2014.

            2017: 21
            2016: 21
            2015: 28
            2014: 15
            2013: 20
            2012: 31
            2011: 28
            2010: 24
            2009: 23
            2008: 22

            But with five SEC schools firing their head coaches and later openings at Florida State, Oregon and Mississippi State, there was the potential for a huge domino effect across FBS, just like after 2012, when four SEC jobs opened. There wasn’t. Why not? Here’s a look at the numbers.

            Three schools hired a sitting Power Five head coach: Florida (Dan Mullen), Florida State (Willie Taggart), Texas A&M (Jimbo Fisher).

            In the previous two cycles, there were no such moves. This doesn’t add to a deep downward effect. Especially when …

            Two schools hired sitting Group of Five head coaches: Arkansas (Chad Morris), Nebraska (Scott Frost).

            In each of the previous two cycles, five G5 coaches moved up. With so many Power Five openings, there was an opportunity to move upward, but there wasn’t a deep pool of G5 coaches in a prime position in this cycle.

            One coaching agent noted to The Athletic that all 10 G5 head coaches hired up in the previous two cycles had at least 17 wins in their final two years at their schools. This year, eight G5 coaches reached that mark: Troy’s Neal Brown (21), Boise State’s Bryan Harsin (21), San Diego State’s Rocky Long (21), Toledo’s Jason Candle (20), Frost (19) Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield (19), Memphis’ Mike Norvell (18), Army’s Jeff Monken (18) and Ohio’s Frank Solich (17).

            Frost went to Nebraska, but the Sun Belt and service academies don’t typically see many coaches move directly to Power 5 head coaching positions, and Long and Solich are around 70 years old. Morris went to Arkansas with 12 wins in the past two years. The American Athletic Conference, the most popular G5 league to find a head coach, wasn’t as deep as in the past.

            “There just weren’t a lot of guys at the Group of 5 level that could make that claim this year, looking at the pool,” the agent said on the condition of anonymity for competitive reasons. “Part of it was because there’s a lot more parity, especially in the AAC. UCF, Memphis and USF ate up all the wins, everyone else was around .500.”

            A year from now, there could be more G5 coaches in position to move up. But this year, instead of hiring sitting G5 head coaches …

            Eight schools hired sitting coordinators from other FBS programs: Kent State (Sean Lewis), Louisiana Lafayette (Billy Napier), Mississippi State (Joe Moorhead), Oregon State (Jonathan Smith), Rice (Mike Bloomgren), Tennessee (Jeremy Pruitt), UCF (Josh Huepel), and UTEP (Dana Dimel).

            Last year, five FBS coordinators became FBS head coaches. Several of the coordinators in this year’s group came from established top-tier programs like Penn State, Washington, Stanford and Alabama.

            Four schools hired coaches who were out of full-time coaching: Arizona (Kevin Sumlin), Arizona State (Herm Edwards), SMU (Sonny Dykes) and UCLA (Chip Kelly).

            Nothing stops a head coaching domino effect more than hiring coordinators and people out of coaching. Sumlin was fired by Texas A&M but landed at Arizona after Rich Rodriguez’s sudden January firing amid misconduct allegations. Edwards hasn’t coached a team in nearly a decade, but his former agent and current Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson decided to hire him. Dykes was an off-field coach at TCU, and Kelly was considered the biggest prize on the table entering the carousel after one year at ESPN.

            Sumlin is receiving more than $10 million in buyout from Texas A&M, yet he wanted to get back into coaching, also drawing interest from Oregon. Most fired head coaches want to stay in the profession, even if their buyout is subject to an offset.

            “Coaches want to coach,” the agent said. “To most people, the fact they’d essentially be taking a new job for free because they’re not making any more than if they sat on the couch, no way for most people. But coaches are a different breed.”

            Three schools promoted from within: Georgia Southern (Chad Lunsford), Ole Miss (Matt Luke) and Oregon (Mario Cristobal).

            There has been a noticeable increase in internal promotions in recent years, especially for interim head coaches such as Lunsford and Luke who took over for a fired coach. Other interim head coaches to land the job in the past few years include Clay Helton at USC, Ed Orgeron at LSU and Tracy Claeys at Minnesota. Before this stretch, the last interim head coach to land the top job was Dabo Swinney at Clemson in 2008.

            “As ADs, when you look at the landscape of potential coaches, the head coach, more important than ever, has to have the pulse of a lot of different things,” Georgia Southern athletic director Tom Kleinlein told The Athletic. “We talk a lot about the CEO, that kind of guy. It’s really hard to find somebody outside that can come in and grab the pulse right away.”

            One school hired a sitting FCS head coach: South Alabama (Steve Campbell)

            No FCS head coaches became FBS head coaches last year, but three made such a move in the 2015-16 cycle.

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            As coaching tenures get shorter and schools show less patience and more willingness to pay massively expensive buyouts to try someone new, we don’t appear to be reaching a saturation point. Each head coaching carousel takes a different path, but the quality of open jobs is not always the driving factor. There also has to be a pool of high quality replacements. When you consider a hot seat list, keep in mind that a school has to find someone better.
             

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