Monday, November 28, 2016

As the Coaching Carousel Turns: 11/28/16 Edition

Today was fairly quiet once again. I am not certain as to what has been happening, but several coaches who should be out the door are retaining their jobs at this late hour. Here is what has happened since yesterday:

Florida Atlantic
Some how, some way, Charlie Partridge, a man who had never been a head coach at a major program has a buyout at FAU that is in the neighborhood of $1 million. That is an insane amount of money for a G5 program to be paying a coach who was hired off of being the DL coach at Arkansas. This is just a small reason why college football is spiraling out of control.

U Mass
AD Ryan Bamford has lumped his support behind Mark Whipple, who is now 9-27 in his second stint at head coach of the Minutemen. One can hardly blame him, as Whipple has won there before, and is a solid coach. You cannot blame Whipple for the program playing FBS football, which they are ill suited for. Whipple will be back in 2017, much as I had suspected.

Jim Grobe will not coach beyond this season, at Baylor, or anywhere for that matter. It seems as if he is seriously contemplating permanent retirement at this point. Contract talks are bogged down with Larry Fedora, and in some small twist, talks with Chad Morris are back on, as it seems that he wants the job more than anyone else does at this point. Recruiting has tanked for 2017, and the future of Baylor football sinks every day that a coach is not named, as currently, there is zero stability within the program.

Ed Orgeron has completed his first task in retaining DC Dave Aranda. Aranda has agreed to a new 3 year contract with LSU. Now, Orgeron needs to focus in on that OC hire he was bragging about to the brass.

Tracy Claeys will be receiving a contract extension in the coming days, as will his staff. It would seem that the Gophers are stabilizing the future of the program moving forward. Times are bright for Gophers football.


UC Davis
The Aggies engaged in a coup today and hired former Boise State and Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins to move the program forward in Big Sky play. Hawkins had just joined the staff at FIU under Butch Davis last week, but could not resist an offer to become a head coach again. Hawkins will be a huge upgrade over Ron Gould.

Turner Gill has already been contemplating staff changes, but he will be on the hot seat big time as  the Flames named former Baylor AD Ian McCaw their new AD today. McCaw will have football at a top priority spot at Liberty, and Gill will need to make the playoffs next season to save his job.

More as news comes available...

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