List of fired NCAA football coaches

Todd Graham to ASU and a Comprehensive List of Fired College Football Coaches and Job Desirability Ratings

12/19/11 in NCAAF   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

UPDATE: Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is taking over for Todd Graham at Pittsburgh.

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Former Clemson coach Terry Bowden takes over at Akron.

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Todd Graham is leaving Pittsburgh to become Arizona State's head coach. It will be his fourth head coaching gig in six years. 

UPDATE:
Gus Malzahn will leave his job as Auburn's offensive coordinator to become the Arkansas State head coach. The Arkansas State job opened up after Hugh Freeze left to become Ole Miss' new head coach.

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Houston coach Kevin Sumlin is the new head coach at Texas A&M. Good luck to him in the SEC West.

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UCLA hired Jim Mora Jr.

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Illinois has hired Toledo's Tim Beckman has its new head coach. 

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 Kansas has hired Charlie Weis as its next head coach.

UPDATE: Arizona State had reportedly agreed to terms with SMU coach June Jones, but to quote Lee Corso--"Not so fast, my friends." The deal has apparently fallen through and Arizona State is still in search of a new coach--and Tempe should be quite a desirable destination.

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The past few days have been tough for college football coaches. With the closing of the regular season, coaches have been dropping like flies. For your convenience, here is a list of all of the fired coaches and now-vacant jobs. I've also provided a job desirability rating from 1-10 for the now-open jobs.

Larry Porter, Memphis
Memphis has five wins over the past three seasons. Not very good. Porter only coached two of those seasons--but he only had three wins. This season's two wins were against Austin Peay and Tulane--who had already lost its coach midway through the season.

Desirability: 2. Memphis is a basketball school through and through. Some people reading this may even be shocked to know that the Tigers have a football team.

Neil Callaway, UAB
After five consecutive losing seasons, Callaway got the boot. It is difficult to compete in Birmingham, with football giants Alabama and Auburn monopolizing the state's talent. Callaway can take with him the fact that in his second-to-last game the Blazers beat a ranked Southern Miss squad.

Desirability: 3. See above about being in Alabama. 

Filled vacancies: Arizona (Mike Stoops replaced by Rich Rodriguez); Ohio State (Luke Fickell replaced by Urban Meyer); Washington State (Paul Wulff replaced by Mike Leach) and Tulane (Bob Toledo replaced in the interim by Mark Hutson); North Carolina (Larry Fedora replaced Butch Davis); Texas A&M (Mike Sherman replaced by Kevin Sumlin); Ole Miss (Houston Nutt replaced by Hugh Freeze); Arizona State (Dennis Erickson replaced by Todd Graham); Pittsburgh (Todd Graham replaced by Paul Chryst) and Akron (Rob Ianello replaced by Terry Bowden).
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12/13/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Arkansas State with quite the coup of a hire in Gus Malzahn.

12/8/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Dan_B wrote:
 Fair enough. To extend a bit on my rationale--Kansas is just a few years removed from a BCS bowl. And for UCLA there are so many issues... the fact that the administration doesn't seem to want to compete with USC, and even if it does, Southern California is a place that every school, especially the Pac-12 schools, recruits hard. With Rich Rod at Arizona, Mike Leach at Wazzu and Stanford being a national contender the competition for SoCal talent has never been higher. And UCLA dragging it's heels making a hire doesn't make it seem as if it is ready to be a major player.

Don't forget Oregon (just about everybody on the team besides Darron Thomas and LaMicheal James is from the LA area) and Washington (obviously Coarch Sark has ties to that area).

Anyways, if it's true that UCLA is looking at Martz or Cable (or any other NFL assistant), they're going to have to wait until the NFL season is over.  They've had some glory in the past.  They may not be ready to be on the National radar, but they're obvioulsy not happy with being a door-mat either.  Otherwise Nuiheisel would still be there.

12/8/11   |   derms33   |   17652 respect

Turner Gill won't be unemployed long

12/7/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

beerstudk wrote:
I think that you over-value Kansas (which is a 2 in my mind, basically because it's in Kansas), while slightly under-valueing UCLA.  The thing about UCLA is that a lot of the 'spurned' USC recuits (kids that can't get on at USC or would have to sit for 2-3 years) from the SoCal area are going to Oregon and Washington right now.  If you can get the right guy in there (I've read Mike Martz and Tom Cable are on the wish list), it wouldn't take long to make UCLA pretty competitve.

 Fair enough. To extend a bit on my rationale--Kansas is just a few years removed from a BCS bowl. And for UCLA there are so many issues... the fact that the administration doesn't seem to want to compete with USC, and even if it does, Southern California is a place that every school, especially the Pac-12 schools, recruits hard. With Rich Rod at Arizona, Mike Leach at Wazzu and Stanford being a national contender the competition for SoCal talent has never been higher. And UCLA dragging it's heels making a hire doesn't make it seem as if it is ready to be a major player.

12/7/11   |   Dream_Machine   |   13326 respect

Dream_Machine wrote:
Nevermind...

The Update Was the Reason for My Edit, Wasn't Sure If I Had A Reputable Source.

12/7/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

I think that you over-value Kansas (which is a 2 in my mind, basically because it's in Kansas), while slightly under-valueing UCLA.  The thing about UCLA is that a lot of the 'spurned' USC recuits (kids that can't get on at USC or would have to sit for 2-3 years) from the SoCal area are going to Oregon and Washington right now.  If you can get the right guy in there (I've read Mike Martz and Tom Cable are on the wish list), it wouldn't take long to make UCLA pretty competitve.

12/7/11   |   Dream_Machine   |   13326 respect

(Edited by Dream_Machine)

Nevermind...

11/29/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 I'm not the first person, nor will I be the last, to predict that Mike Leach will be the next Washington State head coach. AD Bill Moos admitted in the presser that Leach is on his short list and also said that he wants an exciting offense to put butts in seats (but not utility closets). Sounds like Mike Leach

11/29/11   |   Injured_Reserve   |   10 respect

Heard the rumor of Mike Martz (Chicago Bears' OC) to Arizona State (he was once an assistant there). That'd be quite a coup from ASU.