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2009 Coaching Changes

by CFP Staff
Updated March 14, 2009

On March 13, Oregon announced that Mike Bellotti would relinquish his duties as head coach after 14 seasons to become the director of athletics beginning July 1. The school’s winningest football coach of all time (116-55) will be replaced by offensive coordinator Chip Kelly who officially takes over the reins of the program on March 30, Oregon’s first day of spring practice.

Frank Spaziani, the defensive coordinator under Jeff Jagodzinski and Tom O'Brien, was promoted to head coach of Boston College on January 13. Overall, the 2009 season will mark Spaziani's 13th year on the BC coaching staff, having spent his first two seasons as the Eagles' running backs coach and the past 10 as defensive coordinator. Spaziani served as interim head coach in a 25-24 win over Navy at the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Jagodzinski was fired January 7 after he interviewed for the head coaching position with the NFL's New York Jets, defying the school administration's vow that it would cause his dismissal. Jagodzinski had a 20-8 record in his two seasons at the helm with two ACC Atlantic Division titles and two losses to Virginia Tech in conference championship games. Jagodzinski had served as O'Brien's offensive coordinator with the Eagles in 1997 and 1998. In between, he spent eight seasons as an NFL assistant with the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.

How New Coaches Fared
Army Stan Brock 3-9 Rich Ellerson 5-7
Auburn Tommy Tuberville 5-7 Gene Chizik 8-5
Ball State Brady Hoke
Stan Parrish
Stan Parrish 2-10
Boston College Jeff Jagodzinski 9-5 Frank Spaziani 8-5
Bowling Green Gregg Brandon 6-6 Dave Clawson 7-5
Clemson Tommy Bowden
Dabo Swinney
Dabo Swinney 9-5
Eastern Michigan Jeff Genyk 3-9 Ron English 0-12
Iowa State Gene Chizik 2-10 Paul Rhoads 7-6
Kansas State Ron Prince 5-7 Bill Snyder 6-6
Miami (O.) Shane Montgomery 2-10 Michael Haywood 1-11
Mississippi State Sylvester Croom 4-8 Dan Mullen 5-7
New Mexico Rocky Long 4-8 Mike Locksley 1-11
New Mexico State Hal Mumme 3-9 DeWayne Walker 3-9
Oregon Mike Bellotti 10-3 Chip Kelly 10-3
*-Purdue Joe Tiller 4-8 Danny Hope 5-7
San Diego State Chuck Long 2-10 Brady Hoke 4-8
Syracuse Greg Robinson 3-9 Doug Marrone 4-8
Tennessee Phillip Fulmer 5-7 Lane Kiffin 7-6
Toledo Tom Amstutz 3-9 Tim Beckman 5-7
Utah State Brent Guy 3-9 Gary Andersen 4-8
Washington Tyrone Willingham 0-12 Steve Sarkisian 5-7
Wyoming Joe Glenn 4-8 Dave Christensen 7-6
*-Joe Tiller's resignation from Purdue was a planned transition announced in January of 2008.

New Mexico State completed the coaching carousel when it confirmed on December 30 that DeWayne Walker would be introduced as the Aggies' head coach, replacing Hal Mumme who was fired on December 1. The Aggies were 3-9 overall this season, 1-7 in the WAC. Mumme was just 11-38 overall, and a miserable 4-28 in conference games in four seasons at the Las Cruces school. Walker was UCLA’s defensive coordinator for three seasons, and served as the Bruins interim head coach for the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl. He coached defenses for three different NFL teams - Washington, New England and the New York Giants.

On December 26, Army announced it had lured Cal Poly head coach Rich Ellerson to take over the Black Knight program. A veteran of nearly 30 years of coaching experience, Ellerson has guided the FCS Mustangs' program for the last eight years. Last year, his squad beat FBS member San Diego State and took Wisconsin to overtime. He has FBS experience as an assistant with Hawaii, Idaho and Arizona on the defensive side.

Stan Brock was fired from Army on December 12, six days after the Black Knights completed a third consecutive 3-9 season with a 34-0 loss to Navy. Brock spent just two years as head coach at the military academy and compiled a 6-18 record. The 16-year NFL veteran offensive tackle played two seasons for Bobby Ross with the Chargers, and was hired by Ross upon his arrival at Army.

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Michael Haywood was named the new head coach at Miami (Ohio) on December 23. Haywood, 44, has been at Notre Dame the past four years with previous experience at Texas and LSU. He replaces Shane Montgomery who "resigned" on November 29 after going 17-31 in four season with the RedHawks, 13-18 in MAC play. Miami finished the 2008 season with the worst record in the MAC at 2-10 overall, 1-7 in league play. Miami went 7-4 in Montgomery's first season in 2005, but dropped to 2-10 in 2006. Miami rebounded to finish 6-7 in 2007, including a loss to Central Michigan in the MAC Championship game.

On December 22, Ron English was named head coach at Eastern Michigan. The 40-year-old English served as defensive coordinator for Louisville in 2008, and was an assistant under Lloyd Carr at Michigan from 2003-07. He has also had stints at Arizona State, San Diego State and Northern Arizona in his 15-year career. He replaces Jeff Genyk who was fired on November 24. After his dismissal, Genyk picked up an upset win over rival Central Michigan in his last game to finish 16-42 in five seasons with the Eagles.

Paul Rhoads, a defensive coordinator at Auburn and a former Cyclone assistant, was announced December 20 as the new head coach at Iowa State. Rhoads, who was raised in Iowa, coordinated the Pitt defense for eight seasons (2000-07) before moving to Auburn in the same role last season. Rhoads had a five-year stint as inside linebackers (1995) and secondary (1996-99) coach with the Cyclones.

Rhoads replaces Gene Chizik who returned to Auburn (December 15) to replace Tommy Tuberville. Chizik, a former Auburn defensive coordinator, was 5-19 in two seasons with the Cyclones.

Tuberville stepped down from Auburn on December 3 after ten seasons, following a 36-0 loss to Alabama. Athletic director Jay Jacobs said he was shocked by Tubervile's decision. Tuberville was 85-40 overall, and 52-30 in SEC games. His career record, including a four-year stint with Ole Miss, is 110-60.

Stan Parrish, Ball State offensive coordinator under Brady Hoke, was announced as the head coach of the Cardinals on December 18. Parrish has been at Ball State University for the last four seasons, and is in his 38th year as a football coach. He spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Parrish spent six years with Hoke at Michigan under Lloyd Carr. In his only previous head coaching job at a FBS school, Parrish was 2-30-1 at Kansas State from 1986-1988. He fared better as a head coach in the smaller ranks, going 42-3-1 at Wabash 1978-82, and 13-8-1 at Marshall from 1983-85 when the Herd was a 1-AA school. Ball State was crushed 45-13 by Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl in Parrish's first game as head coach.

Hoke resigned from Ball State on December 15 to fill the vacancy at San Diego State. Hoke led the Cardinals to a 12-0 regular season finish before falling to Buffalo in the MAC Championship game. He was 34-38 in six seasons at Ball State, 27-20 in MAC games.

Hoke replaces Chuck Long whose firing was announced by the Aztecs on November 23. Long was actually fired hours before the team picked up its only conference win of the season, a 42-21 victory over UNLV, but Long didn't tell his team and no one told the media until the next day. Long was 9-27 in three seasons with the Aztecs and finished the 2008 campaign with a 2-10 record, including a 1-7 mark in Mountain West Conference play. Next season, San Diego State will have its' fourth head coach in nine years. Ted Tollner was there in 2001; Tom Craft from 2002-2005; Long from 2006-2008; and now Hoke in 2009. No wonder the Aztecs haven't been to a bowl game since 1998.

Former Syracuse offensive lineman Doug Marrone was announced on December 12 as the new head coach of the Orange. The 1991 Syracuse grad has been the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints for the past three seasons. He replaces Greg Robinson whose firing was announced on November 16th. A week later, the Orange went to South Bend and upset Notre Dame 24-23. Still, Robinson's record was a dismal 10-37, including 3-25 in Big East games.

Also on December 12, Bowling Green tabbed Tennessee offensive coordinator Dave Clawson as its new head coach. Clawson was the head coach of FCS member Richmond from 2004-07, and led the Spiders to the 2007 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision semifinals. He was named national Division I-AA Coach of the Year once at Fordham and once at Richmond, and was an Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award Finalist in 2002 and 2005. He replaces Gregg Brandon who was fired on November 29. Brandon was 44-30 in six seasons with BGSU, 31-17 in the MAC. The Falcons finished the 2008 campaign with a 38-10 win at Toledo to become bowl eligible at 6-6 overall, 4-4 in the MAC, but were not invited to a bowl game.

Dan Mullen, the 36-year-old offensive coordinator of the Florida Gators was announced on December 11 as the new head coach at Mississippi State. Mullen served four years under Urban Meyer in Gainesville, also coaching quarterbacks. Mullen also worked under Meyer at Utah (2003-04) and Bowling Green (2001-02).

Mullen replaces Sylvester Croom who resigned from Mississippi State on November 29. The first African-American head coach in the SEC was 21-38 in five seasons, 10-30 in conference games.

New Mexico announced December 8 that it had hired Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to replace Rocky Long. Locksley, 38, just completed his fourth year as the offensive coordinator and third season as quarterbacks coach of the Fighting Illini. It was his 17th year of collegiate coaching overall, which includes two seasons (2003-04) at the University of Florida as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator under current Illinois head coach Ron Zook, and six seasons (1997-2002) in the same role at the University of Maryland.

It was announced on November 17th that Long, the winningest head coach in New Mexico's football history, had stepped down two days after the Lobos final game. Long was 65-69 as the head coach of his alma mater, and guided the Lobos to five bowl appearances in seven seasons since 2002. UNM won the 2007 New Mexico Bowl for its first bowl victory since 1961. New Mexico made just six bowl appearances from 1938-2001. New Mexico was a disappointing 4-8 in 2008 after being projected by the computer as a 10-2 team.

The University of Washington announced December 6 that Steve Sarkisian would replace Tyrone Willingham. Sarkisian was nabbed from USC where he served as an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator since 2007. He previously served stints as Pete Carroll's assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach (2005-06), quarterbacks coach (2002-03) and offensive assistant (2001) at USC. He also spent one season (2004) as quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders.

Washington announced on October 28th that Tyrone Willingham was fired, effective the end of the season. Washington was 0-12 this season and Willingham's record at Washington was 11-37 in four seasons, 6-29 in PAC-10 games. Willingham's teams went 2-9 in 2005, 5-7 in 2006, and 4-9 last season. Washington will enter next season on a 14-game losing streak, longest in the nation. Ironically, the last game before his firing was a 33-7 loss at home to Notre Dame, the team that fired Willingham after the 2004 season. He was 10-3 with the Irish in his first campaign in 2002, but finished with seasons of 6-6 and 5-7. The Irish lured him from Stanford after his 2001 Cardinal team went 9-3. He was 44-36-1 in 7 seasons at Stanford where his teams went to four bowl games, but lost three of those. His overall bowl record in 14 seasons as a FBS head coach is 1-5.

Utah defensive coordinator Gary Andersen was announced December 4 as the new head coach at Utah State. Andersen was recently named a finalist for the 2008 Broyles Award, honoring the top assistant coach in college football. He replaces Brent Guy who stepped down after a 3-9 season. He was 9-38 overall in four seasons, 8-24 in WAC play.

Also on December 4, Toledo announced the hiring of Tim Beckman, the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State for the past two seasons. Beckman has also served as the cornerbacks coach at Ohio State under Head Coach Jim Tressel from 2005-06, and he spent seven seasons as the defensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Bowling Green. Beckman replaces Tom Amstutz who announced he was stepping down on November 3rd. Amstutz' career mark was 58-41 in eight seasons, including 3-9 in 2008. His teams won MAC championships in 2001 and 2004, and MAC West Division crowns in 2002 and 2005. He led his team to four bowl appearances, including victories in the 2001 Motor City Bowl and the 2005 GMAC Bowl.

Dabo Swinney was announced December 1 as Clemson's new head coach, removing the "interim" label that was affixed on October 13th when Tommy Bowden stepped down. Swinney led the Tigers to a 4-2 record over the last half of the season, including three wins in the last four ACC games, including a 31-14 victory over rival South Carolina in the season finale to become bowl eligible at 7-5 (the team played two FCS opponents in its' first four games). But Clemson fell 26-21 to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl.

The Tigers were expected by many to be the ACC front-runners last year. Instead, but Clemson was just 3-3 halfway through the campaign, and 1-2 in the ACC, when Bowden resigned. The preseason forecast at only projected a 3rd-place division finish for Clemson, albeit with an overall record of 10-2, 6-2 in the conference. In his nine complete seasons, Bowden's teams exceeded the Congrove Computer Rankings' preseason forecast four times, underperformed four times, and met expectations once. He had an overall record of 72-45 at Clemson, and is 90-49 in his career. His Clemson teams went to bowl games in eight of his nine seasons, and only failed to do so in 2004 as punishment for participation in an ugly brawl in the season finale win over state rival South Carolina.

Lane Kiffin was introduced on December 1 as the new head football coach at Tennessee. Kiffin has never served as a collegiate head coach, but was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2007 and the beginning of 2008. He was 5-15 when he was fired by the Raiders. Before taking the job in the NFL, he spent six years as a USC assistant and worked his way up to offensive coordinator in 2005.

Kiffin replaces Phillip Fulmer. The November 3rd announcement that Fulmer was stepping down at the of the season came as a shock to many, despite the 3-6 record at the time. Fulmer was the second winningest coach in school history, ending his career with a record of 152-52 after managing victories in two of his last three games. Fulmer spent 28 years on the Tennessee coaching staff - 11 years as assistant coach and 17 years as head coach. The dean of Southeastern Conference coaches, Fulmer had claimed a national championship, two conference titles and seven divisional crowns while winning nearly three-quarters of his games. His teams went to 15 bowl games.

Also on December 1, Dave Christensen was named the new head coach at Wyoming. Christensen has served as offensive coordinator under Gary Pinkel at Missouri since 2001, and at Toledo from 1997-2000. He succeeds Joe Glenn who was fired on November 23 after the Cowboys finished 4-8. Their 1-7 Mountain West record tied for them last with San Diego State. Glenn was 30-41 in six seasons, 15-31 in conference games..

On Monday, November 24, Kansas State welcomed back Bill Snyder as its' new head coach. Snyder spent 17 years with the Wildcats from 1989-2005, guiding the team to a 136-68-1 record, including a 75-53-1 mark in Big 8/Big 12 games. Kansas State was in the midst of an 0-26-1 run when he was hired for his first stint. It took 51 seasons (1938-1988) for the Wildcats to amass 130 wins prior to Snyder's arrival.

Ron Prince was fired from Kansas State on November 5th after a 52-21 loss to rival Kansas. Prince stayed in command through the end of the season and concluded his career with the Wildcats with a 17-20 record, including a 1-2 record after his dismissal. His seasonal records had been on the mark with the computer's expectations each season. The 2006 teams finished 2 games better than expected, and the 2007 squad underperformed expectations by just one win. Last year, the computer's projection nailed Kansas State's final record of 5-7 overall, and its' final conference record of 2-6.

Joe Tiller announced in January that this would be his last season at Purdue, and former assistant Danny Hope was hired away from Eastern Kentucky to become his successor. Tiller was 87-62 in 12 seasons at Purdue, and 126-92-1 when you include his 6 seasons at Wyoming from 1991-1996. Purdue was just 4-8 (2-6, Big Ten) this year.


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