College Football Coaching Carousel

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IDecember 1, 2010

NOTE: Last season, 23 of the 120 Division 1-A schools changed head coaches, including BCS conference schools such as USC, Cincinnati, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

What will the 2010-11 coaching merry-go-round bring?

Thus far, 10 schools have fired their coaches, including five BCS conference schools: Colorado, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota and Vanderbilt.


Bellotti interested in Washington State job?

Mike Bellotti, the former head coach at Oregon, has already indicated that he is not interested in the head coaching job at Colorado. Bellotti came to Boulder several weeks ago, but later stated that he wished to have his name removed from consideration.

But would he take the Washington State job? For starters, there is no current opening. Washington State (2-9, 1-7 in Pac-10 play) hosts rival Washington this weekend, and Washington State athletic director Bill Moos has stated that he will have nothing to say about the future of embattled head coach Paul Wulff until the season is concluded.

Wulff, a successful coach at Eastern Washington of the Big Sky Conference, has posted a 4-31 overall record in three seasons in Pullman, 2-24 in Pac-10 play.

Why would Bellotti even consider Washington State over Colorado? Look no further than the name of the athletic director: Moos, in his first year at Washington State, was the athletic director at Oregon for much of Bellotti’s tenure as head coach—the fit would be a natural, but no one is committing to anything…yet.

“Bill and I are close friends,” said Bellotti. If we talk at some point, that’s one thing, but we haven’t had any discussions.”

But discussions could begin, and begin as early as this Sunday.


News of note in the coaching replacement game (November 30th)

- Two more schools fired their head coaches today: Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette, bringing the number of schools which will have new head coaches in 2011 up to 10 overall.

- Meanwhile, a third Sun Belt school, North Texas, became the first of the ten teams to name a new head coach. Former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney has come to terms with the Mean Green.

McCarney was two games shy of 12 full seasons coaching at Iowa State, where he went 56-85, but also was responsible for taking the Cyclones to five bowl appearances, after going without a bowl appearance for 22 years.

News of note in the coaching replacement game (November 29th)

- North Texas may be hiring a name familiar to Buff fans: The Mean Green—who parted ways with Todd Dodge on October 20th—has hired Florida assistant and former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney.

- Minnesota is having trouble finding a replacement. Reportedly a number of potential applicants, including some on the Buffs’ radar, like San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke and Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun, have told the Golden Gophers that they are not interested in the head coaching job at Minnesota.

Miami (Fla.) fired Randy Shannon after the home overtime loss to South Florida on Saturday.

“We have made a decision to seek new leadership in our football program”, said Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt. “Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world.”

Shannon was 28-22 in four seasons with the Hurricanes, but just 16-16 in ACC games.

- Stan Parrish is out at Ball State. A name familiar to Buff fans (Parrish coached at Kansas State from 1986-88, compiling an incredible record of 2-30-1, paving the way for Bill Snyder to come in and rebuild the program, starting in 1989), Parrish took over for Brady Hoke after Hoke left his alma mater to coach at San Diego State.

Parrish took a team which had posted a 12-2 record in 2008, and went 2-10 and 4-8.


Rest assured, this will not be the end of the coaching moves. Louisiana-Lafayette is reportedly about to fire its head coach, and if Rich Rodriguez is ousted at Michigan, look for speculation about Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh returning to his alma mater to hit the front burner.