Todd Graham to ASU and a Comprehensive List of Fired College Football Coaches and Job Desirability Ratings
UPDATE: Former Clemson coach Terry Bowden takes over at Akron.
UPDATE: 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.
UPDATE: Houston coach Kevin Sumlin is the new head coach at Texas A&M. Good luck to him in the SEC West.
UPDATE: UCLA hired Jim Mora Jr.
UPDATE: Illinois has hired Toledo's Tim Beckman has its new head coach.
UPDATE: 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.
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).