College football 2013: No Saban, so where will the Longhorns look next?

Stay up-to-date on the coaching changes

12/19/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

It has begun.

Bowl season starts this weekend and already a handful of programs are looking for new head coaches. USC made headlines on December 2 by swooping Washington’s Steve Sarkisian, and the domino effect is in full swing.

If you’re one of those people that have no idea what’s going on when it comes to the coaching carousel—don’t worry, you’re not alone. Just stay tuned here for all the latest updates.

BCS schools

Team:
Texas Longhorns (8-4, 7-2 Big 12) 
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Out:
Mack Brown
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In:
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Potential candidates:
 Jimbo Fisher (HC, Florida State); Jon Gruden (MNF analyst); Jim Mora (HC, UCLA); Art Briles (HC, Baylor); Gus Malzahn (HC, Auburn); Mike Tomlin (HC, Pittsburgh Steelers); James Franklin (HC, Vanderbilt); Mark Dantonio (HC, Michigan State); John Harbaugh (HC, San Francisco 49ers); Mike Gundy (HC, Oklahoma State); Todd Graham (HC, Arizona State).

Team: USC Trojans (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12)
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Out:
Lane Kiffin; Ed Orgeron (i)
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In:
Steve Sarkisian (HC, Washington)
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Quality of hire:
USC athletic director Pat Haden kept James Franklin, Chris Petersen and Jack Del Rio waiting in the wings, but his brain kept going back to Sarkisian. I think he got this one right. At 39, he still lacks a lot of head coaching experience—but not knowledge. Sarkisian completely turned around Washington’s program in just a few short years, showing that he can land the big recruits and translate their talent onto the field—something that the Trojans have been looking for since Pete Carroll’s departure. Oh, and did I mention that Sarkisian was Carroll’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, respectively, at USC from 2005-08? Yeah, they got the right guy.


Team: Washington Huskies (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12)  
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Out:
Steve Sarkisian
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In:
Chris Petersen (HC, Boise State)
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Quality of hire:
It's a match made in heaven. Petersen has received offers from top programs almost every year, but has always turned them down in search of the right fit. Well, he finally found that elusive "right fit" with Washington, and the Huskies are going to make him one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12. Sarkisian turned the program around, now it'll be up to Petersen to bring home a conference championship.


Team: Connecticut Huskies (2-9, 2-5 AAC)
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Out:
Paul Pasqualoni
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In: Bob Diaco (DC, Notre Dame)
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Quality of hire:
40-year-old Diaco led a Notre Dame defense that help opponents to 12.8 points per game on the way to a national championship appearance in 2012, becoming the first assistant coach in Irish history to win the Broyles Award. He'll help keep the defensive-minded culture at UConn, while hopefully establishing some order on offense for a quick turnaround.


Team: Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-8, 2-6 ACC) 
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Out:
Jim Grobe
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In: Dave Clawson (HC, Bowling Green)
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Potential candidates:
Clawson's name caught fire after Bowling Green beat previously undefeated Northern Illinois for the MAC Championship, winning his fifth straight game. The Falcons were 32-31 under Clawson, but won 18 games over the last two years. Expect him to bring an intense temperament to Wake Forest's defensive front seven, adding a sense of physicality that the Deacons have been lacking for several years.


Mid-major schools

Team:
Boise State (8-4, 6-2 MWC)
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Out: 
Chris Petersen
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In:
Bryan Harsin (HC, Arkansas State)
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Quality of hire:
A Boise State quarterback from 1995-99 and assistant with the Broncos from 2001-10, Harsin has been climbing the coaching ranks at an accelerated rate the last several years. After claiming Boise's offensive coordinator spot for six years under Chris Petersen, he went on to fill the same position at Texas from 2010-12 before claiming Arkansas State's head coaching vacancy this season. Harsin has an excellent offensive mind and should keep the Broncos right in the thick of things for the Mountain West.


Team: Bowling Green (10-3, 7-1 MAC) 
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Out:
David Clawson
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In:
Dino Babers (HC, Eastern Illinois)
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Quality of hire: 
Babers comes in after two years with FCS Eastern Illinois. He's coming off an impressive 12-2 season in which the Panthers scored 48.2 points per game, beating San Diego State and losing to Northern Illinois by four. Babers is the runner-up for the Division 1-AA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. It'll be interesting to see how his offensive background fits with the Bowling Green defensive foundation.



Blog Photo - College football 2013: No Saban, so where will the Longhorns look next?Team: Arkansas State (7-5, 5-2 Sun Belt)
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In: Blake Andersen (OC, North Carolina)
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Out: Bryan Harsin
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Quality of hire:
An excellent hire and great fit for Arkansas State, Andersen was the offensive coordinator for Larry Fedora while at Southern Miss and North Carolina. The Tar Heels averaged a school record 40.6 points and 485.6 yards per game in 2012.


Team: Miami-of-Ohio (0-12, 0-8 MAC)
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Out:
Don Treadwell
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In:
Chuck Martin (OC, Notre Dame)
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Quality of hire:
Martin was the defensive coordinator under Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State from 2000-03, where he ended up being his successor from 2004-09. He won two Division-II national championships and posted a 74-7 overall record. Martin knows what it takes to win and after re-joining Kelly at Notre Dame, knows how to win at a high level. He has an extremely difficult task at hand, but should find success with the RedHawks.


Team: Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-10, 1-7 MAC)
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Out:
Ron English
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In:
Chris Creighton (HC, Drake)
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Quality of hire:
Creighton is only 44 years old, but has a ton of coaching experience. He owns a 139-46 in 17 years as a head coach between Ottawa, Wabash and Drake, knows what winning is like and brings a lot of charisma to a program that has been lost in the woods since before I was born.


Team: Florida Atlantic Owls (6-6, 4-4 C-USA) 
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Out:
Carl Pelini, Brian Wright (i)
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In:
Charlie Partridge (DL, Arkansas)
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Quality of hire:
Florida Atlantic led us to believe it was going to hire Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton, but then grabbed Partridge out of left field. He's a 40-year-old guy that spent five years as an assistant with Bret Bielema (four in Wisconsin, one at Arkansas), so he'll likely bring a version of the power run. Partridge is an unknown at this point, and I can't imagine Bright Wright is too happy.


Team: Wyoming Cowboys (5-7, 3-5 MWC) 
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Out:
Dave Christensen
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In:
Craig Bohl (HC, North Dakota State)
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Quality of hire:
After 11 years with FCS power North Dakota State, Craig Bohl is finally making the leap to the Division-1A level. I'm not so sure that Wyoming is much of an upgrade, but the Cowboys have to be thrilled with their hire (and fans have to be relieved they dodged a bullet with Jeff Tedford). Bohl has a 101-32 record with the Bison—including back-to-back national championships—and has nine wins against FBS programs, the latest being Kansas State in the season opener.


Team: Army Black Knights (3-9)
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Out:
Rich Ellerson
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In:
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Potential candidates:
Dave Steckel (DC, Missouri); Jim Grobe (former Wake Forest HC); Jeff Monken (HC, Georgia Southern); Clay Hendrix (OC, Air Force); Mike Sewek (OL, Georgia Tech).


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