29 changes makes for busiest offseason since at least 2000
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 16, 2013
As you know, it's been busy here the last two months. Historically busy in fact.
When Scott Shafer replaced Doug Marrone at Syracuse last week, the Orange became the 29th program to make a change at the top this offseason.
That's more than any year since at least 2001, the last year we could find complete records. It took Marrone's move to the Buffalo Bills to put this year's coaching change season over the top. Last year, we saw 28 schools enter the season with new head coaches.
As busy as it has been, it could have been much busier. Imagine if Oregon's Chip Kelly, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly or Penn State's Bill O'Brien, or all three even, had left their schools for NFL jobs. All three of those jobs (with the exception this year maybe of the Ducks who seemed prepared to promote offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich) are domino jobs, meaning they probably would have started up the carousel all over again by cherry picking a coach at another well-known school, which would have had to find another coach from another school, etc. etc.
To further illustrate the wild recent turnover in college football, only 5 programs have a chance to start the 2013 season with the same 9 assistant coaches as three years ago.
Here's a look at the number of coaching changes in FBS programs each year back to 2001:
2013 - 29
2012 - 28
2011 - 24
2010 - 23
2009 - 22
2008 - 18
2007 - 24
2006 - 11
2005 - 23
2004 - 13
2003 - 18
2002 - 13
2001 - 25
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org