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20 Schools To Have New Head Coach For 2014

31 teams began the 2013 season with a new man at the top.

CFP Staff
January 22, 2014

Coaching Changes For 2014 Season
Team Out In
Arkansas State Bryan Harsin (7-5)
John Thompson (b) (1-0)
Blake Anderson
Army Rich Ellerson Jeff Monken
Boise State Chris Petersen (8-4)
Bob Gregory (b) (0-1)
Bryan Harsin
Bowling Green Dave Clawson (10-3)
Adam Scheier (b) (0-1)
Dino Babers
Connecticut Paul Pasqualoni (0-4)
T.J. Weist (i) (3-5)
Bob Diaco
Eastern Michigan Ron English (1-8)
Stan Parrish (i) (1-2)
Chris Creighton
FAU Carl Pelini (2-6)
Brian Wright (i) (4-0)
Charlie Partridge
*-Georgia Southern Jeff Monken Willie Fritz
Louisville Charlie Strong Bobby Petrino
Massachusetts Charley Molnar Mark Whipple
Miami (Ohio) Don Treadwell (0-5)
Mike Bath (i) (0-7)
Chuck Martin
Penn State Bill O'Brien James Franklin
Texas Mack Brown Charlie Strong
UAB Garrick McGee Bill Clark
USC Lane Kiffin (3-2)
Ed Orgeron (i) (6-2)
Clay Helton (b) (1-0)
Steve Sarkisian
Vanderbilt James Franklin Derek Mason
Wake Forest Jim Grobe Dave Clawson
Washington Steve Sarkisian (8-4)
Marques Tuiasosopo (b) (1-0)
Chris Petersen
Western Kentucky Bobby Petrino Jeff Brohm
Wyoming Dave Christensen Craig Bohl
(i) - Interim head coach regular season
(b) - Bowl game interim coach
*-Georgia Southern was a member of the FCS in 2013

Vanderbilt on January 17 announced it had hired Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason to replace James Franklin as head coach. Franklin took the job at Penn State that was vacated by Bill O'Brien when he was lured away by the NFL's Houston Texans. It is the first head coaching job for Mason who also coached defensive backs with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings for three seasons before joining the Cardinal staff in 2010.

Penn State announced Franklin as its replacement for O'Brien on January 11. The one-time head coach in waiting at Maryland led the Commodores to unprecedented heights, compiling a 3-year record of 24-15 with 3 consecutive bowl appearances, 2 bowl victories and back-to-back 9-win seasons. Prior to his arrival in Nashville, the Commodores hadn't posted a 9-win season since 1915 and had only played in 4 bowl games. In 2013, Vanderbilt beat Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee in the same season for the first time in school history. The 'Dores closed the 2013 season on a 5-game winning streak after ending the 2012 campaign on a 7-game winning streak. Over the last two years, Vanderbilt was 10-0 in games played after October 26.

The Houston Texans officially announced on January 2 that O'Brien was hired away from PSU as their replacement for the fired Gary Kubiak. O'Brien was 15-9 in two seasons, 10-6 in the Big Ten. O'Brien had essentially been tasked with keeping the Penn State football program intact after the shattering developments of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that led to jail for Sandusky, the dismissal of legendary head coach Joe Paterno (and top administrators), and a 4-year NCAA probation for the program.

It was reported on the morning of January 11 by that Mark Whipple was returning to Massachusetts as head coach. Whipple will reprise the role he held from 1998-2003 when the Minutemen were playing at the 1-AA (now FCS) level and won the 1998 national championship. Whipple was 49-26 during that stint. He replaces Charley Molnar who was fired the day after Christmas after going just 2-22 in two seasons in Amherst. Molnar had previously served under Brian Kelly at Notre Dame as offensive coordinator. Since his last gig with UMass, Whipple has been an assistant with the NFL's Browns, Steelers and Eagles, and also spent 2009-2010 with the Miami Hurricanes. Whipple has a career record of 121-59 but has never led a program at the FBS level.

Whipple's hiring became the second announcement in a three-day span of a former head coach returning to his old post at the same school.

On January 9, it became official that Louisville had rehired the man who left that school in 2006 to become head coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. It only took 13 games (3-10) before he fled Atlanta in the middle of the night, and without breaking the news personally to his players, to become the head coach at Arkansas. His 4 years in Fayetteville came crashing down when a motorcycle wreck led to the discovery of an affair with a former student and subordinate, after which the school fired him for a "pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior". When Western Kentucky gave him the chance to rehabilitate his career, Petrino said, "At this point in my career, it's about getting back and coaching players. It just happened to open up at a place we love. I hope it can be as long as possible." Obviously, Petrino knew he controlled the clock on how long that would be and it lasted all of 1 season in which the Hilltoppers went 8-4.

You would be hard-pressed to find a man with a less loyal reputation. Since 1983, Bobby Petrino has moved 16 times. When he left for Atlanta back in 2006, Petrino was just 1 year into a 10-year deal worth $25 million. Now he's back with a 7-year contract said to be worth $24.5 million.

Petrino is 83-30 as a college head coach, including a 41-9 mark with Louisville from 2003-2006. He replaces Charlie Strong who was hired away by the Texas Longhorns.

Petrino's offensive coordinator at WKU, Jeff Brohm, was officially announced on January 10 as the successor to his former boss. Brohm was essentially hired as a head coach in waiting and for insurance against Petrino's inevitable departure. Brohm had a journeyman NFL quarterback career after playing at Louisville (1989-1993) where his brother, Brian, was later the starting QB under Petrino and Jeff was Brian's QB coach. It would be Jeff Brohm's first stint as a head coach.

The Louisville and Western Kentucky moves were the trickle-down effect from the offical news reported on December 8 that Strong was leaving Louisville to accept a 5-year, $25 million deal to become the head coach at Texas. Strong replaces Mack Brown who was forced out on December 14 amid heavy pressure from the administration. He stayed on to coach the Longhorns for one last swan song, but lost 30-7 to Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. Brown was 158-48 at Texas, including a record of 98-33 in Big 12 games. His teams went bowling every year except 2010 and were 10-5 in those bowl games. He also led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship and a return trip in 2009 that came up short against Alabama. His career coaching record is 244-122-1 and trails only Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech among active coaches.

The day after Petrino's move was officially announced, Garrick McGee resigned as the head coach at UAB to join Petrino as his offensive coordinator. It's thought to be a move of both frustration and opportunity for McGee. He was a key member of Petrino's staff at Arkansas, and he was frustrated with the lack of improvements to the UAB football facilities. McGee was just 5-11 in two seasons with the Blazers.

On January 21, Jacksonville State confirmed head coach Bill Clark was leaving to become the replacement for McGee at UAB. Clark was 11-4 in his only season with the Jacksonville, Alabama school as the Gamecocks were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.

Strong had been the head coach at Louisville since December 9, 2009 after making his mark as one of the top defensive coordinators in the country. He spent seven seasons in that position at Florida, and held the additional post of Associate Head Coach from '08 to '09. In four seasons at Louisville, he compiled a 37-15 record, including marks of 3-1 in bowl games (1-0, BCS) and 20-9 in conference games. He also served as Florida's interim head coach in 2004, falling to Miami 27-10 in the Peach Bowl.

Army announced on Christmas Eve that it had hired Georgia Southern (FCS) head coach Jeff Monken to replace Rich Ellerson. The Black Knights fired Ellerson on December 15 after posting a 20-41 record in 5 seasons, including an 0-5 mark versus Navy. Only 16 of the wins came against FBS schools and one of the losses came against FCS member Stony Brook (2012). The Black Knights have only posted one winning season since 1996 and that was a 7-6 mark in 2010 in Ellerson's second season. That campaign ended with a 16-14 win over SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl which stands as the United States Military Academy's only bowl victory since 1985. Monken was 38-16 in 4 seasons at Georgia Southern, losing in the FCS playoff semifinals each of his first 3 seasons. Ironically, Jeff was a Navy assistant from 1997-2005 where he coached running backs and special teams from 1997-2005. His cousin, Todd Monken, is the head coach at Southern Miss.

On January 10, Georgia Southern named Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz as the replacement for Monken. Fritz was 40-15 in 4 years at Sam Houston State while leading that school to 3 trips to the FCS playoffs, including national championship game losses to North Dakota State in 2011 and 2012. His 2013 squad finished a 9-5 campaign with a second-round loss to Southeastern Louisiana.

Bowling Green on December 18 announced the hiring of Dino Babers as the new head coach of the Falcons. Babers led Eastern Illinois into the FCS playoffs this season, finishing 12-2 after a loss to Towson in the second round. His QB at Eastern Illinois, Jimmy Garoppolo, passed for 5,050 yards and 53 TD's this season. While at Baylor, Babers coached Robert Griffin III.

BGSU lost Dave Clawson when he was named the new head coach at Wake Forest on December 10. Clawson had just finished leading BGSU to its first MAC title since 1992 and completed 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.

Bowling Green assistant head coach Adam Scheier served as the interim head coach for the bowl season.

Clawson replaces Jim Grobe who announced his resignation on December 2 after 13 seasons with Wake Forest. Grobe 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.

Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun Sentinel reported December 14 that Charlie Partridge was hired as the new head coach at FAU. A long-time assistant to Brett Bielema, Partridge was the assistant head coach at Arkansas this past season and coached the defensive line. The move ends an ugly chapter in FAU football which began when 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.

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. Offensive coordinator Brian Wright served as interim head coach for the remainder of the season, going 4-0 while allowing just 40 total points.

Arkansas State lost its head coach on December 11, making Bryan Harsin the 3rd consecutive 1-and-out head coach of the Red Wolves. Harsin was 7-5 in his only season at Jonesboro, following Gus Malzahn and Hugh Freeze. Malzahn was 9-3 in 2012 and Freeze was 10-2 in 2011. In between those hires, interim head coaches David Gunn and John Thompson were a combined 1-1. Including those interim appointments, 5 different head coaches have led Arkansas State over the last 38 games, miraculously leading the school to a cumulative 27-11 record and 3 straight bowl appearances. Thompson (defensive coordinator) has once again been named interim head coach for the bowl game. On December 19, the school announced it had hired North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson as head coach, becoming the 5th different head coach, and 7th coaching change, in 40 games when ASU kicks off its 2014 season. Steve Roberts was there for 9 years before resigning after the 2010 season with a 45-63 mark.

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 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 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 had 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 didn't do much to pad his head coaching record as he went 1-2 with EMU to run his FBS career mark to 9-51-1.

North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl was announced as the new head coach at Wyoming on 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. Former Washington star QB Marques Tuiasosopo, the QB coach under Sarkisian, was named interim head coach for the bowl game on December 4.

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 State 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. Kiffin later served as offensive consultant for Alabama in a 45-31 Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma, and subsequently hired as 'Bama's offensive coordinator.

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.


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