Friday, December 11, 2015

As the Coaching Carousel Turns: 12/11/15

We have more news as we get closer to filling all of the openings across FBS and FCS football...

Tulane is expected to have an official announcement shortly on the hiring of Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz. Fritz has been successful at every stop, having won at Georgia Southern and Sam Houston State prior. As far as the hire is concerned, Tulane really hit a home run with this one.

East Carolina
Former Michigan, San Diego State, and Ball State head coach Brady Hoke has emerged as the leader in the East Carolina search. Gene Chizik is likely the fall back option, as Shane Beamer is now no longer in the running. Hoke was also in the running at Tulane before Willie Fritz was hired.

After a huge push by the Texas administration, Tulsa OC Sterlin Gilbert has finally agreed to become the new OC at Texas. Sonnie Cumbie of TCU declined the job because nobody at Texas would guarantee him that Charlie Strong would be there past 2016. That's a huge indictment on how much pressure that Charlie Strong is under next fall.

Ohio State
The Buckeyes have made a strong hire to replace Chris Ash at DC, as they have hired former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to run the defense in 2016. Schiano was up for several other jobs, but ended with none of them.

Southern Miss
WR/ST coach John Wozniak has been promoted to replace Chip Lindsey at Southern Miss. He will be the coordinator in the bowl game.

Florida Atlantic
FAU has named former Samford OC Travis Trickett as their new OC replacing Brian Wright.

Arizona State
Todd Graham wasted little time in replacing Mike Norvell at OC. Southern Miss OC Chip Lindsey has turned down a head coaching job at Eastern Kentucky in order to take this job instead. He should be a short timer at ASU, as it is only a matter of time before he has his own program.

With Kirby Smart gone, Nick Saban moved quickly to replace him with former Georgia DC Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt was also up for the Michigan DC job, amongst others.

Navy coach Ken Niamatololo will be in Provo this Monday, where he is expected to be named the new head football coach at BYU, replacing Bronco Mendenhall, who left for Virginia. Coach Ken will be working this weekend as Army plays Navy in Philadelphia.

ULM is expected to name Matt Viator of McNeese State as their new head coach sometime this weekend. Viator, if you will remember, was the coach that we picked weeks ago as the top candidate for this job. McNeese State's administrators were meeting today to come up with a contingency plan should Viator leave.

Jackson State
We finally have some candidates being named at Jackson State. According to, Citadel OC Maurice Drayton and Mississippi State Safeties coach Tony Hughes have emerged.

More news over the weekend...

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