Update: College football coaching carousel
Posted by: Pete Roussel on January 28, 2012
Last off-season, only 15 coaching staffs in college football went without a single coaching change.
According to our research, only 25 coaching staffs this off-season have the same 9 assistant coaches right now as at the end of the season.
Make no mistake about it; the coaching carousel isn't close to its end.
We'll see a number of coaches accept new opportunities this week. Of course, the couple of days after National Signing Day always come with a number of coaching transactions. Out of respect for their head coach, certain assistants that accept jobs close to National Signing Day will keep the news quiet until after recruits ink on the dotted line.
You could see some moves at LSU and don't count out Miami (FL) running backs coach Terry Richardson receiving an offer from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The twenty-five programs that remain completely intact are Air Force, Akron, Boise State, Fresno State, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Navy, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas State, Rice, SMU, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa, Vanderbilt.
With Jerry Azzinaro's departure from Oregon to the Philadelphia Eagles and Ted Gill's departure from Michigan State, three teams now lead the country to the longest staff continuity: Northwestern, Michigan, and Minnesota.
It is surprising that Notre Dame hasn't lost a coach considering their terrific season. The same can be said for Louisville and Vanderbilt. Sources tell me Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson came close to landing the Virginia Tech offensive coordinator job, but Watson decided to remain at Louisville after the Sugar Bowl win over Florida.
A year ago, Randy Edsall stayed busy hiring new coaches. Edsall has been able to focus on recruiting this off-season.
For the first time in a while, Chris Peterson has been able to do the same.
On the other hand, the coaching carousel has kept Doc Holliday busy. Jimbo Fisher, too. Last off-season, it was Derek Dooley that had to replace 7 assistant coaches. Jimbo is learning what that's all about this year. With the departure of James Coley to Miami (FL) as the offensive coordinator, don't be surprised if Jimbo shifts recently hired running backs coach Randy Sanders to quarterbacks and hires a new running backs coach.
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