A totally unprecedented year for the coaching carousel
Posted by: Pete Roussel on February 7, 2012
It's clearly an unprecedented year in the coaching profession. As you know, I have followed coaching movement every day for over four years and I can tell you, there have never been as many coaching changes as we have seen this year.
As of today, only eighteen programs in the country have been able to keep the same nine assistant coaches intact since the end of the season.
Those staffs include Army, BYU, Colorado, FSU, Georgia, LA Tech, UL-Lafayette, Miami (FL), Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Oregon, Texas, UNLV, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Folks, you just read that correctly. Only six non-BCS programs (Army, BYU, LA Tech, UL-Lafayette, Miami (OH), UNLV) have been able to keep the same nine assistant coaches intact.
In total, we twenty-six programs will have new head coaches in next season. We'll also have seven new head coaches at the NFL level.
The Jags, Bucs, Colts, Rams, Dolphins, Raiders, and Chiefs made head coaching changes this off-season.
We're also going to see more coaches than ever before accept two different jobs in a matter of weeks. Here's my report from last week on 10 coaches that have accepted positions, only to resign within a matter of weeks to take an even better job. Since that report, several more coaches including Alvis Whitted, Joe Gilbert, Ron West, Nick Rolovich, and Darren Hiller have done the same.
The thing that has become important is that head coaches must have a great idea of who they would like to hire because assistant coaches jump around quickly. It's my observation, but there have been less actual interviews this off-season for assistant coaching positions than ever before.
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