Strange Season for Coaches

If you are a college football coach and looking to move up in the ranks, this season may be your best opportunity.

I have never seen a season like this one for head coaching changes, and it’s not over yet.

Illinois fired their head football coach Tim Beckman amid accusations of abusing players. Offensive Coordinator Bill Cubit took over as interim head coach for at least the rest of the season. Cubit has head coaching experience, but his record was unspectacular and so far at Illinois he is 4-4.

At USC, Pat Haden fired head coach Steven Sarkisian when alcohol consumption got out of control for Sarkisian. This is the second time in two years that Haden has fired a coach mid season and the second time that they have finished a season with an interim coach.

Clay Helton, the Trojans Offensive Coordinator was promoted to the head position and he wants to keep the job. The players love him and support him, but he was passed over before and Pat Haden has not had much success in hiring football coaches.

Will Haden keep Helton, or go after a big name like Chip Kelly?

On the exact same day, South Carolina coach and former Heisman Trophy winner Steve Spurrier just abruptly retired. Shawn Elliott, the Gamecock Offensive Line coach is their interim coach.

From what I have seen, Alabama Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart is the leading candidate to land the job.

The University of North Texas fired it’s coach after they got whipped 66-7 at their own homecoming by Portland State. Don’t feel bad, Mean Green, Portland State also beat Washington State in game one. Offensive Coordinator Mike Canales was promoted for the rest of the season.

This is a tough job with a hard sell. But, it’s located in one of the more talent rich areas of the country and a good recruiter might do well here.

Randy Edsall was fired at Maryland on a Sunday right after their third straight loss. I’m not sure about expectations at Maryland with Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State in their same conference. With the addition of Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, James Franklin at Penn State this conference has taken some steps to be competitive with anyone and that includes the SEC West.

If Maryland brings in the right guy, this division of the Big 10 could be extremely good.

Mike Locksley was their Offensive Coordinator and he is now their interim head coach, and they have actually been playing a little better lately.

Then, Clemson just obliterated a Miami team coached by Al Golden, 58-0.

Miami, of course, fired their coach and named Larry Scott interim coach. That set off an entire different set of rumors such as the unhappiness of Charlie Strong at Texas and Dana Holgerson at West Virginia. Rumors have them jumping on that opportunity.

After Miami fired their head coach, Al Golden, another Florida coach George O’Leary abruptly resigns after his team slunk out to an embarrassing 0-8 start.

Just a couple of years ago, Central Florida was all the rage with Blake Bortles as their Quarterback.

On Thursday, a couple of days before Halloween, Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill just abruptly retired. Citing health reasons, Kill decided that he had had enough.

Minnesota has not been an easy place to win, but Kill had them going in the right direction.


Just when I thought things were slowing down, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced he would retire at the end of the season. At least he waited till the season was over, unlike some others.

Hawaii let Norm Chow go after starting out 2-7. Most of the best players from that state choose to

come to the mainland to play college ball.

We have a few games left and then the Championship Games and the Bowl Games and I am sure there will be some more firings before we are all said and done.

There has also been talk of schools like Indiana firing Frank Wilson and Purdue firing Darell Hazell which I feel would be a mistake. But, with ten slots already up for grabs, maybe some schools will rethink their decision to make a move. Wilson has done really good things at Indiana and Hazell finally found his Quarterback in redshirt freshman David Blough from Carrollton, Texas. The last time Purdue had a Texan playing Quarterback it was Drew Brees, and he did fairly well for them and in the NFL.

It’s going to be a wild ride over the next few months with the coaching changes. There’s going to be more and more rumors most of which will be pure fiction.

The only thing I do know for sure about all of this is that you don’t always get an improvement when you fire your coach.

Coming up in my blog, who are some of the candidates to replace these guys? Come back and see.

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