Riding the Carousel: Six Winning Schools of the Coaching Change Season

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Riding the Carousel: Six Winning Schools of the Coaching Change Season
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The coaching carousel seemingly started spinning in September when Mack Brown's Longhorns started their season.

This offseason's coaching carousel was even more entertaining than it was expected to be.

While some changes were inevitable, no one could have dreamed that things would go down quite like they did.

It is rare that a season goes by in which six former BCS bowl participants are looking for a head coach, but that is exactly what happened this year (USC, Texas, Penn State, Louisville, Boise State and Wake Forest). It was a never-ending cycle of changes that kept college football fans glued to their television sets.

This was an offseason that included many big names as well.  

Obviously, the names of Mack Brown, Lane Kiffin and (just like every offseason) Jon Gruden were mentioned numerous times.  There are always college coaches rumored to be heading to the NFL, but this time those roles were reversed in one situation as Jim Harbaugh was at least mentioned as a candidate for Texas's opening.  The all-star selection of coaches made this offseason a must-see event.

Some of the storylines that played themselves out could have just as easily been soap opera plots.  

USC and Texas expected this.  Louisville did not.  Arkansas State was blindsided by a move that will continue the tumult of its program for years to come.  Undoubtedly, this coaching carousel was one crazy ride.

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