Harsin Leaves Arkansas State For Boise
|Coaching Changes For 2014 Season|
|Arkansas State||Bryan Harsin||John Thompson (b)|
|Boise State||Chris Petersen||Bob Gregory (b)
Bryan Harsin (2014)
|Bowling Green||Dave Clawson||Adam Scheier (b) (bowl)|
|Connecticut||Paul Pasqualoni (0-4)
T.J. Weist (i) (3-5)
|Eastern Michigan||Ron English (1-8)
Stan Parrish (i) (1-2)
|FAU||Carl Pelini (2-6)
Brian Wright (i) (4-0)
|Miami (Ohio)||Don Treadwell (0-5)
Mike Bath (i) (0-7)
|Chuck Martin (2014)|
|USC||Lane Kiffin (3-2)
Ed Orgeron (i) (6-2)
|Clay Hilton (b) (bowl)
Steve Sarkisian (2014)
|Wake Forest||Jim Grobe||Dave Clawson|
|Washington||Steve Sarkisian||Chris Petersen|
|Wyoming||Dave Christensen||Craig Bohl|
|(i) - Interim head coach regular season
(b) - Bowl game interim coach
Harsin is off to Boise State where he replaces Chris Petersen. In what may be one of the season's most surprising coaching changes, Petersen opted to leave the Broncos to take Steve Sarkisian's place at Washington, it was announced December 6. The Washington job became available when Sarkisian filled the USC vacancy (see more on that move further down in this article). Petersen was 92-12 in 8 seasons at Boise State with 2 BCS bowl appearances, 2 perfect seasons and 5 conference titles.
Bob Gregory was named the interim head coach for Boise State's bowl game.
UConn hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco on Wednesday (December 11). The school fired Paul Pasqualoni on September 30, one day after USC canned Kiffin, following a 41-12 loss at Buffalo. That embarrassing defeat came just a week after Connecticut nearly upset Michigan at home, blowing a 21-7 3rd quarter lead to fall 24-21. Pasqualoni was 10-18 in a little more than 2 seasons with the Huskies. Associate head coach George DeLeone was also let go and offensive coordinator T.J. Weist was named interim head coach. Weist had overseen an offense that ranked last in the bowl subdivision in rushing, and 119th out of 123 teams in total offense. The team went on to finish 3-9.
Diaco has been the OC at Notre Dame since 2010 and also held the same position at Cincinnati (2009). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with Iowa in 1996 where he played under the legendary Hayden Fry.
(Also inlcuded in this column is the news that Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin was hired by Miami, Ohio.)
Chris Creighton was named the new head coach at Eastern Michigan on Wednesday (December 11). He has been the head coach at Drake (FCS) for the last 6 seasons, and had previous stints at Wabash (Division 3) and Ottawa, Kansas (NAIA). He owns a career record of 139-46, including 42-22 mark at Drake. He replaces Ron English who was dumped on November 8, the day before its home game with Western Michigan. English had spent nearly 5 full seasons in Ypsilanti where he guided the Eagles to only 11 wins in 57 games (11-46) and was 1-8 this year. EMU appointed offensive coordinator Stan Parrish as interim head coach. Parrish has served as head coach for short stints at Kansas State and Ball State at the FBS level, and Marshall when the Herd was 1-AA program in the mid-80's. Parrish's FBS career record is 8-49-1, including 6-19 at Ball State from 2009-2010 and the 2008 GMAC Bowl.
Dave Clawson was named the new head coach at Wake Forest on Tuesday (December 10), leaving a huge hole for Bowling Green to fill. Clawson just finished leading BGSU to its first MAC title since 1992 and completes his tenure with the Falcons with a 32-31 record. That tally may seem unimpressive on the surface, but consider that the last two teams he had with his recruits were 18-8 overall and 13-3 in the MAC.
Clawson replaces Jim Grobe who announced his resignation on December 2 after 13 seasons with the Demon Deacons. He was 77-82 and led his team to the 2006 ACC title with a 9-6 win over Georgia Tech, followed by the school's first and only appearance in a major bowl game where Wake Forest lost 24-13 to Louisville in the Orange Bowl. He leaves tied with Peahead Walker (77-51-6 from 1937-1950) as the school's all-time wins leader.
Bowling Green named assistant head coach Adam Scheirer as the interim head coach for the bowl season.
North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl was announced as the new head coach at Wyoming on Sunday (December 8). In 13 seasons, he built the Bison into a national power. At the time of his hiring, North Dakota State was 12-0 and the No. 1 seed in the FCS playoffs, and Bohl was to continue his pursuit of a 3-peat of the FCS Championship before joining the Cowboys.
Bohl replaces Dave Christensen who was let go by Wyoming on December 1 after a 5-year tenure that produced a 27-34 overall record, along with a 16-22 Mountain West mark (Pete Kaligis was interim head coach in the 2012 loss to Boise State while Christensen served a one-game suspension for a profanity-laced tirade after a loss to Air Force). The 2013 season started off on a promising note with a 3-point loss at Nebraska, followed by victories in 4 of the next 5 games. But the Cowboys' schedule was more difficult in the latter half and Wyoming's only victory in its last six games was a 59-56 overtime affair versus then-winless Hawaii.
Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin was announced as the new head coach at Miami (Ohio) on December 3. Martin won 2 national titles as head coach of Division II Grand Valley State before spending the past four seasons as an assistant at Notre Dame. Martin took over as offensive coordinator and QB coach this past season after previously coaching the defensive backfield.
Martin replaces Mike Bath who was named interim head coach when Don Treadwell was fired on October 6th after an 0-5 start. Even after the change, Miami completed the 2012 season as one of only two FBS teams, along with Georgia State, to go winless. Bath was the quarterback and wide receivers coach under Treadwell whose overall record was 8-21, including a conference mark of 6-10.
It was announced on December 2 that Steve Sarkisian had accepted the head job at USC, effective immediately. However, offensive coordinator Clay Helton was tapped to lead the Trojans in whatever bowl game they are selected to compete, and interim head coach Ed Orgeron (6-2) resigned to become available for other head coaching opportunities.
Sarkisian, a former BYU quarterback, was 34-29 in 5 seasons at Washington. He was 24-21 in PAC-12 games with 5-4 records in each of his last four seasons and 4 bowl trips. The school did not immediately name an interim head coach for its bowl game.
Sarkisian was an assistant for 7 years at USC under Pete Carroll and coached alongside Lane Kiffin for 2 years as co-offensive coordinator.
Kiffin was the first head coach to be let go during the 2013 season. He was unceremoniously canned in the early morning hours of September 29 upon arriving back in L.A. after a 62-41 loss at Arizona dropped USC to 0-2 in the PAC-12 and 3-2 overall. It was the Trojan's 7th loss in their last 11 games. The one promising unit this season had been the defense, but the 62 points they surrendered to the Sun Devils tied for the most points allowed in the history of the program, equaling the mark reached by Oregon last year.
Kiffin's overall record at USC was 28-15, including a 17-12 conference mark. The 2011 team would have played for the PAC-12 title were it not for probation tied to the Pete Carroll-led Reggie Bush years. But the 2012 squad - one which was widely expected to contend for the national title - finished 7-6 after losing 5-of-6 down the stretch. USC was 1-5 in its last 6 conference games under Lane.
Orgeron was Kiffin's associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach. Orgeron's 3-year stint as head coach at Ole Miss produced a 10–25 record and a dismal 3–21 SEC mark from 2005-2007.
FAU head football coach Carl Pelini was fired on October 30 after it was discovered he and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis had smoked marijuana at a recent social event. Rekstis was also fired. Offensive Coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim head coach.
Pelini did not speak publicly but Director of Athletics Pat Chun issued a statement on his behalf which read, "I apologize for exercising poor judgment. My greatest concerns at this time are for my family, the dedicated FAU players and my staff. I am confident that Pat Chun and the University administration will continue to move the program forward."
A month later, Pelini sought to undo his resignation and get his job back, so FAU withdrew his letter of resignation and officially fired him with no further mention or allegation of drug use.
FAU was 2-6 overall, 1-4 in CUSA play, at the time of his firing. After the 2012 season, the school moved from the Sun Belt where the Owls were 3-9 overall and 2-6 in under Pelini.
31 schools began the 2013 season with new head coaches.