31 Teams Have New Head Coach For 2013
|How New Coaches Fared|
|TEAM||2012 COACH||W-L||2013 COACH||W-L|
|Arkansas||John L. Smith||4-8||Bret Bielema||3-9|
|Arkansas State||Gus Malzahn
(b) John Thompson
(b) John Thompson
|Auburn||Gene Chizik||3-9||Gus Malzahn||12-2|
|Boston College||Frank Spaziani||2-10||Steve Addazio||7-6|
|California||Jeff Tedford||3-9||Sonny Dykes||1-11|
(b) Steve Stripling
|Colorado||Jon Embre||1-11||Mike MacIntyre||4-8|
|FIU||Mario Cristobal||3-9||Ron Turner||1-11|
|Georgia State||(r) Bill Curry||1-10
(i) Jason Gesser
|Kent State||(b) Darrell Hazell||11-3||Paul Haynes||4-8|
|Kentucky||Joker Phillips||2-10||Mark Stoops||2-10|
|Louisiana Tech||Sonny Dykes||9-3||Skip Holtz||4-8|
|N.C. State||Tom O'Brien
(b) Dana Bible
|Nevada||Chris Ault||7-6||Brian Polian||4-8|
|New Mexico State||DeWayne Walker||1-11||Doug Martin||2-10|
|Northern Illinois||Dave Doeren||12-2||Rod Carey||12-2|
|Oregon||Chip Kelly||12-1||Mark Helfrich||11-2|
(b) Patrick Higgins
|San Jose State||Mike MacIntyre
(b) Kent Baer
|Southern Miss||Ellis Johnson||0-12||Todd Monken||1-11|
|Syracuse||Doug Marrone||8-5||Scott Shafer||7-6|
|Temple||Steve Addazio||4-7||Matt Rhule||2-10|
(i) Jim Chaney
|Texas Tech||Tommy Tuberville
(b) Chris Thomsen
|USF||Skip Holtz||3-9||Willie Taggart||2-10|
|Utah State||Gary Andersen||11-2||Matt Wells||9-5|
|UTEP||(r) Mike Price||3-9||Sean Kugler||2-10|
|Western Kentucky||Willie Taggart
(b) Lance Guidry
|Western Michigan||Bill Cubit||4-8||P.J. Fleck||1-11|
(b) Barry Alvarez
|(b) - bowl game interim coach
(i) - Interim head coach regular season
(r) - Retired from coaching
Arkansas State - John Thomposn, defensive coordinator
Cincinnati - Steve Stripling, defensive line coach
Kent State - Darrell Hazell, departing head coach
N.C. State - Dana Bible, offensive coordinator
Northern Illinois - Rod Carey, offensive line coach named new head coach
Purdue - Patrick Higgins, wide receivers coach
San Jose State - Kent Baer, defensive coordinator
Texas Tech - Chris Thomsen, offensive line coach
Western Kentucky - Lance Guidry, defensive coordinator
Wisconsin - Barry Alvarez, former head coach and current AD
As expected, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich was promoted to head coach at Oregon on January 20, just four days after Chip Kelly filled the opening of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles where he replaces Andy Reid. Kelly was a remarkable 46-7 in four seasons with 4 straight BCS bowl trips. Kelly was elevated to head coach from offensive coordinator when Mike Bellotti became the school's full-time athletics director in March of 2009. The Ducks were in the driver's seat for a BCS Championship game appearance in 2012 before a surprising overtime loss at home to Stanford, 17-14, in the next-to-last game of the regular season. They went on to rip Kansas State 35-17 in the Fiesta Bowl for a 12-1 finish. This came on the heels of a 12-2 campaign with a Rose Bowl win in 2011, which followed a 12-1 season in 2010 that culminated with a loss to Auburn in the national title game. His first team went 10-3 in 2009 after a loss to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
Helfrich was considered the frontrunner all along to replace Kelly and the best option for maintaining the success of Oregon's feared hurry-up offense that runs a perpetual two-minute drill.
On January 9, defensive coordinator Scott Shafer was promoted to replace Doug Marrone at Syracuse. The former Baldwin-Wallace quarterback has been an assistant coach in the college ranks since 1991.
Marrone was introduced on January 7 as the new head coach of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. He was 25-25 in four years with the Orange, won two Pinstripe Bowls and gained a share of the 2012 title in the Big East, the school's first since 2004. Syracuse finished the season 8-5 after winning its last 4 games and 6 of its last 7. Marrone's 2010 squad also went 8-5 while his 2009 and 2011 teams were 4-8 and 5-7, respectively. Before his arrival, Syracuse and suffered through 7 consecutive non-winning seasons and four straight losing campaigns.
Nevada on January 7 announced it had reached an agreement with Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian to replace Chris Ault. The 38-year-old is the son of longtime NFL executive Bill Polian. Brian served as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator in 2012. He played linebacker for Division III John Carroll from 1994-96 and has previous assistant coaching experience with Stanford and Notre Dame, among others.
Ault announced his retirement at age 66 on December 28. The only actively coaching member of the College Football Hall Of Fame (inducted 2002) is the rare breed who gave a career to one school. He also brought innovation to college football as he is credited with creating the "Pistol" offense in 2005 that many teams employ in some form today. His three stints in Reno spanned 1976-1992, 1994-1995 and 2004-2012. He was a combined 233-109-1, including a 12-season FBS career record of 95-56 that produced 5 outright or co-titles, and a 2-8 bowl record.
Former Illinois head football coach Ron Turner was named to the same position with FIU on January 3, replacing Mario Cristobal who was fired on December 5. The Golden Panthers finished 3-9 overall and just 2-6 in the Sun Belt after being picked to win the league title by most major preseason magazines and websites. The Congrove Computer Rankings forecasted FIU to go 11-1, 8-0. Additionally, Cristobal's 2011 squad went 8-4 when it was projected to go 10-2. Athletic Director Pete Garcia termed the 2012 performance as a "total collapse". Cristobal's 6-year records at FIU were 27-47 overall, 20-26 Sun Belt. Turner has been an NFL assistant since being fired from Illinois after the 2004 season. He led Illinois to the Big Ten championship in 2001, but three losing seasons followed. During his 8-year stay, the Fighting Illini went to just two bowl games as he compiled a 35-57 record. Overall, 6 of his 8 years saw Illinois end with a losing season.
Wisconsin' gain is Utah State's loss. On December 19, the Badgers announced Gary Andersen was leaving Utah State to become the new head man in Madison, replacing Bret Bielema. The Aggies went 11-2 this year in Andersen's 4th season at the Logan school. Last year (7-6) was Utah State's first winning season since 1996 when John L. Smith was the head coach. His 2011 and 2012 teams combined to give the Aggies their first consecutive winning seasons since 1979 and 1980 under Bruce Snyder.
Offensive coordinator Matt Wells was named the next day as Andersen's replacement. The former Utah State quarterback and 1996 graduate was promoted to OC in 2012 after serving as QB coach in 2011. He previously held assistant coaching positions with New Mexico, Louisville, Tulsa and Navy.
With the picking-off of Andersen, virtually every non-AQ BCS team that posted a stellar 2012 season has lost its head coach - Northern Illinois' Dave Doeren, Kent State's Darrell Hazell, San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre, Arkansas State's Gus Malzahn, Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart and Louisiana Tech's Sonny Dykes, The only ones who haven't moved are either in their first-year such as Tim DeRuyter at Fresno State and Matt Campbell at Toledo, or in a solid and fairly lucrative position such as Chris Petersen at Boise State.
Bret Bielema was named on December 4 as John L. Smith's successor at Arkansas, leaving a large and unexpected void at Wisconsin. The Badgers had a down year (8-5), but clobbered Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten championship game to secure a 3rd straight Rose Bowl appearance. Wisconsin finished 3rd in its division, but took full advantage of the NCAA probation sentences that banned Ohio State (12-0) and Penn State (8-4) from the postseason.
Bielema was 68-24 in his 7 seasons in Madison after replacing the program's savior, Barry Alvarez. His teams were 37-19 in Big Ten games and 2-4 in bowl games. The move obviously caught Alvarez, now the athletics director, by surprise and an interim head coach was not simultaneously announced for Wisconsin's Rose Bowl game against Stanford. It was later announced on December 6 that Alvarez will coach the team himself in the bowl game (won 20-14 by Stanford).
John L. Smith was hired to replace Bobby Petrino at Arkansas for the 2012 season after Smith had already accepted a head coaching job at Weber State. Bobby Petrino was fired in disgrace on April 10, 2012 after an April Fool's Day motorcycle accident and subsequent investigation uncovered an affair with a 25-year-old former Arkansas volleyball player whom Petrino hired to work in the football office. In the aftermath, the Razorbacks spiraled to a painful 4-8 season after being considered to be among the SEC favorites and a legitimate BCS title contender.
It didn't take long for Petrino to get an opportunity to redeem himself. Western Kentucky announced his hiring on December 10, replacing Willie Taggart. Petrino may come with some baggae, but the Hilltoppers also get a head coach with name recognition and a solid career record of 75-26.
Taggart was introduced to the media on December 8 as the new head coach at USF, replacing Skip Holtz. Under Taggart, Western Kentucky ended a 26-game losing streak (31 to FBS teams) and became a bowl team in 2012. Except for a 3-year stint as running backs coach at Stanford, Taggart has spent his adult life at WKU. He was a 4-year starting QB who had his jersey retired by the school. The next season, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach at WKU where he served in various capacities from 1999-2006 and returned as head coach in 2010. He leaves the Hilltoppers with a record of 16-20 overall and 13-11 in Sun Belt games. Defensive coordinator Lance Guidry served as interim head coach for Western Kentucky's 24-21 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl loss to Central Michigan on December 26.
Holtz was booted from USF on December 2 after turning in progressively worse records in each of his 3 seasons. The Bulls were 3-9 this season after going 5-7 in 2011 and 8-5 in his inaugural year (2010). South Florida has posted back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in its FBS history. Under Holt' predecessor, Jim Leavitt, USF was 5-6 in 1997 and then reeled off 6 winning seasons before falling to 4-7 in 2004. The school then posted non-losing seasons for the next 6 years. Skip, the son of Lou Holtz, was a hot commodity when USF hired him after he turned around a bad East Carolina program. Holtz was 38-27 in five season with the Pirates, taking over a team that had suffered four straight non-winning seasons and was a combined 3-20 in the two seasons prior to his arrival. East Carolina was 5-6 in Holtz' inaugural year, but went to bowl games in each of his final four seasons and captured the last two CUSA championships. However, Holtz was just 16-21 at USF and a horrendous 5-16 in Big East games.
Holtz was picked up by Louisiana Tech where he was introduced as the new head coach of the Bulldogs on December 14.
Sonny Dykes left Louisiana Tech after three seasons to take his high-powered offense prowess to the PAC-12. Dykes was announced on December 5 as the new head coach at California where he replaces the fired Jeff Tedford. Dykes was 22-15 overall with the Bulldogs and 14-7 in WAC games. He guided the Ruston school to the WAC title in 2011 and a 9-3 record in 2012. Louisiana Tech was invited to the Independence Bowl, but elected not to accept the bid when it learned it would be paired against Louisiana-Monroe. The school thought it would have options and believes it was misled by the Liberty Bowl about a forthcoming bid that didn't materialize.
California fired Tedford on November 20 after 11 seasons that produced five bowl wins in 8 appearances. The Golden Bears finished 3-9, including a 2-7 mark in the PAC-12, and failed to reach the postseason for the second time in the last three years. Cal was blessed with quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Aaron Rodgers early in Tedford's career with the Bears, but QB play has been pedestrian since then. Cal was just 15-27 over the last three seasons. Tedford leaves with records of 82-57 overall and 50-45 in the PAC-12.
Kent State on December 17 hired former walk-on player Paul Haynes to succeed Darrell Hazell as head coach of the Golden Flashes. Haynes spent the season as the defensive coordinator at Arkansas after serving as an assistant with the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2005-2011. He also has NFL experience as a quality control coach for Jacksonville. Haynes was a standout defensive back with the Golden Flashes from 1987-1992.
Hazell will stay on as head coach through the GoDaddy.com Bowl. On December 5, Hazell was introduced as the new head coach at Purdue where he replaces Danny Hope. Hazell led the Golden Flashes to the MAC Championship game this season (lost 43-37 in overtime to Northern Illinois), an 11-2 overall record, an 8-0 regular season conference record, and a final No. 25 ranking in the BCS Standings after rising as high as No. 17. His inaugural squad in 2011 finished 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the MAC. It will be Kent State's first bowl appearance since 1972 and only its second in school history.
Purdue fired Hope on November 25 on the heels of a 6-6 season that left his record at 22-27 in four years. His teams were just 12-19 in Big Ten games and never won more than 4 conference games in a season. The Congrove Computer Rankings only projected a 7-5 campaign for 2012 so it would be unfair to say that the squad vastly under-performed. The team lost to Notre Dame by just a field goal and took Ohio State to overtime. Purdue finished on a 3-game winning streak after dispatching Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. Were it not for an upset loss to Minnesota, the Boilermakers would have achieved the expected 7 wins. Patrick Higgins, who served as Hope's wide receivers coach, was handed the interim reigns through for the Heart Of Dallas Bowl versus Oklahoma State which was won 58-14 by the Cowboys.
The hiring of Ron Caragher as San Jose State's new head coach was announced on December 17. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer led the Spartans in the 29-20 Military Bowl win over Bowling Green on December 27. Caragher's University of San Diego (FCS) teams won three conference championship in his six years as head coach while he compiled a 44-22 record.
MacIntyre needed just 3 seasons to make a 9-win improvement in the San Jose State football program. Now he will get the chance to replicate that feat at Colorado where he was announced as the new head coach on December 10. MacIntyre was 16-21 overall and 8-13 in the WAC, but the Spartans turned in a banner season in 2012 with a 10-2 overall record and a 5-1 conference mark.
Colorado pulled the plug on Jon Embree on November 25. Embree's dismissal seemed to be a no-brainer after the two-year experiment yielded just 4 total wins. The Buffaloes were 3-10 (2-7, PAC-12) in 2011 and 1-11 (1-8, PAC-12) in 2012 while finishing the year on an 8-game losing streak. Embree was a tight end for the Buffaloes in the mid-80's and was later a member of then-head coach Gary Barnett's staff from 2001-2002. Embree was serving in the capacity of tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins when he was hired by his alma mater. Colorado hasn't experienced a winning season since 2005 in Gary Barnett's last year and is 25-51 since then. By comparison, the Buffaloes lost a total of 29 games in the entire decade of the 1990's.
Temple announced Matt Rhule as its new head coach on December 17, replacing Steve Addazio. Rhule is a former Penn State player who has 14 years of experience, including six seasons at Temple where he served in various capacities under Al Golden and Addazio. He has worked since March with the NFL's New York Giants as assistant offensive line coach.
The coaching carousel caught Temple by the seat of the pants when it learned on December 4 that Addazio was headed to former Big East rival Boston College. The Eagles hired Addazio to replace Frank Spaziani who was fired on November 25 after compiling a 21-29 record in four seasons as head coach, a position to which he was promoted after spending 12 years as an assistant. Spaziani's teams were 13-19 in ACC play. The last two seasons had seen the Eagles go 6-18 overall and 4-12 in conference games. He also led the Eagles in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl while serving as interim head coach to bridge the Tom O'Brien-Jeff Jagodzinski eras.
Addazio spent just two seasons with the Owls. In 2011, he guided Temple to a 9-4 record (5-3, MAC) and a New Mexico Bowl win. Temple moved back to the Big East in 2012 and the school finished 4-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play. Addazio was on Urban Meyer's staff at Florida for 6 seasons as an assistant coach, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, and was an integral part of the group that guided the Gators to a pair of BCS titles in 2006 and 2008.
P.J. Fleck was hired on December 17 as the new head coach at Western Michigan. At age 32, he is the youngest head coach in the FBS. Fleck was the receivers coach under Greg Schiano at Rutgers a for two years and was retained by Schiano when he accepted the head coaching position with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The former Northern Illinois receiver (1999-2003) later spent three seasons as the receivers coach at his alma mater before heading to Rutgers.
Western Michigan formally fired Bill Cubit after its 29-23 loss at home to Eastern Michigan on November 17, though the decision was reportedly made the Thursday before the game. It was EMU's first conference win of the year in the MAC and only its second of the season. Western Michigan finished the season 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the MAC to drop Cubit's 8-year record to 51-47 overall and 36-27 in the MAC. He led the team to bowl games in 2006, 2008 and 2011, prior to which the school had only appeared in two in its history (1961 and 1988). The Broncos have never won a bowl game.
Former record-setting Texas Tech QB Kliff Kingsbury is headed back to Lubbock as the head coach of his alma mater. Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M where QB Johnny Manziel won the 2012 Heisman Trophy. Kingsbury set 39 school, 16 conference and 17 NCAA records under his head coach, Mike Leach, from 1999-2002. The 33-year-old replaces Tommy Tuberville.
Texas Tech was caught by complete surprise when Tuberville was announced as the new head coach at Cincinnati on December 8, opting to leave after three seasons to replace Butch Jones. His reasoning was that he wanted to reunite with AD Whit Babcock, whom he worked with for three years at Auburn. Tuberville was 20-17 in three seasons in Lubbock with all of the losses coming in conference games (9-17). His overall record is 130-77 with 5 SEC West divisional titles and 1 SEC championship title. Offensive line coach Chris Thomsen led the Red Raiders in their 34-31 win over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas.
Defensive line coach Steve Stripling was the interim head coach for Cincinnati's 48-34 Belk Bowl win over Duke after Jones was announced on December 7 as the new head coach at Tennessee. Jones replaced Brian Kelly at Cincinnati (just as he did at Central Michigan) and went 27-13 overall in three seasons. He posted a 22-3 MAC record that included two conference championship game victories in 2007 and 2009. At Cincinnati, Jones' 3-year record was 23-14 overall and 12-9 in the Big East as the Bearcats tied for the conference title each of the last two years. His overall record is 50-27 with 4 conference titles in 6 years as a head coach.
Tennessee announced the firing of head coach Derek Dooley on November 18 and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney coached the Vols to a season finale win at home against Kentucky. The loss to the Commodores eliminated Tennessee from bowl contention at 4-7, 0-7. Under Dooley, Tennessee was 1-14 in the SEC in the last two seasons with the only win coming against Vanderbilt in 2011. Dooley's three-year record was 15–21 overall and 4–19 in conference games. He has a career record of 32-41 that includes a 17-20 mark at Louisiana Tech where his teams were 12-12 in WAC games.
Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was announced December 12 as the new head coach at Arkansas State, replacing Gus Malzahn. Harsin spent 10 seasons with Boise State before heading to the Longhorns for the last two seasons. He was not with Texas for the 31-27 Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State.
It was announced on December 4 that Malzahn, the offensive coordinator during Auburn's Cam Newton-led BCS championship in 2010, is headed back to the Tigers as the head coach. It marks the second straight season that Arkansas State has lost a head coach after an extremely successful year.
Malzahn replaced Hugh Freeze after Freeze left the Red Wolves to take Houston Nutt's vacancy at Ole Miss. In Freeze's lone season as head coach in 2011, he guided the Red Wolves to a 6-win improvement over the previous season, from 4-8 to 10-2. In the process, Arkansas State captured its first outright Sun Belt title and gained its first 10-win (10-2) season since 1986. Malzahn's 2012 Red Wolves team won a second straight outright Sun Belt title while going 9-3 overall and 7-1 in league play.
Defensive coordinator John Thompson was named on December 5 as the Red Wolves' interim head football coach for the GoDaddy.com Bowl where it defeated Kent State (11-3) 17-13.
The Auburn job became available when Gene Chizik was fired on November 25, the day after a 49-0 loss to arch-rival Alabama. His four-year stint resulted in an historic high and an even more historic low.
After an 8-5 campaign in 2009 (3-5, SEC), Newton came onboard for one season and led the 2010 edition to a 14-0 record and the BCS Championship. It was Auburn's second national title in history and first undisputed title. Auburn's only other national title was bestowed by the AP in 1957 when Shug Jordan was the head coach, and that title was shared with Woody Hayes and Ohio State who were voted No. 1 by the UPI. The 2010 Tigers are just one of three teams to ever go 14-0. Only the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes and the 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide have matched that accomplishment.
Newton and DT Nick Fairley were among a dozen starters who didn't return the next season, and four who planned to come back were arrested in the spring of 2011 on robbery charges. Auburn fell back to 8-5 and was just 4-4 in the SEC.
As great as the 2010 season was, it also came under much NCAA scrutiny surrounding the recruitment of Newton.
More off-the field problems and a new NCAA investigation marred the 2012 season that ended with a 3-9 overall record and the first-ever 0-8 SEC finish for Auburn. The last time an Auburn team was winless in the SEC was 1980 when it went 0-6, yet that team still managed 5 non-league wins. The 2012 campaign only saw victories over FCS member Alabama A&M, the WAC's New Mexico State (1-10 to-date) and the Sun Belt's Louisiana-Monroe in overtime.
Chizik's hiring wasn't a popular decision to begin with. The one-time Auburn defensive coordinator (2002-2004) was a head coach for just two seasons at Iowa State where he went 5-19 before he was named as the successor to Tommy Tuberville.
Overall, Chizik was 33-19 at Auburn and just 15-17 in SEC games.
On December 11, Southern Miss introduced Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken as its new head coach. Monken took over as OC for the Cowboys when Dana Holgorsen went to West Virginia as head coach. It's the second time in recent history that the Golden Eagles have turned to an Oklahoma State offensive coordinator, plucking Larry Fedora from Mike Gundy's staff in 2008. Fedora had a 34-19 record at Southern Miss before leaving last season to take the same position with North Carolina. Former head coach Jeff Bower also spent a season as the OC in Stillwater before he headed to Hattiesburg in 1990 and stayed for 18 seasons. Monken replaces Ellis Johnson who was fired on November 27 after just one season in which the Golden Eagles went from 12 wins in 2011 to 12 losses in 2012.
Johnson was the defensive coordinator for South Carolina when he was hired to replace Fedora who filled the North Carolina opening. Even with a changing of the guard, the Eagles were expected to be among the frontrunners for the Conference USA title and certainly not a cellar dweller. In reality, some of the blame can go to a rash of injuries and it's impossible to know where things may have gone under better circumstances for the 60-year-old Johnson. But the bottom line is that no fan base was going to stomach a fall from 12-2 to 0-12.
Johnson was the second head coach to be fired this year after just one season in the post. Arkansas's John L. Smith also had just one season, though Smith's was pre-arranged as such. Colorado's Jon Embree was released after only two seasons.
UTEP on December 10 hired former player and current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler to replace the retiring Mike Price. Kugler served as an assistant at the school from 1993-2000 and was a 4-year letterman at UTEP in his playing days from 1984-1988.
Price announced his retirement on November 19 after 9 seasons at UTEP and 31 altogether. Weber State hired Price for his first head coaching job in 1981 and he spent 8 years there before moving to Washington State where he stayed for 14 seasons through 2002. He left the Cougars to coach Alabama, but never coached a game as he was fired on May 3 when reports surfaced that he was spotted at a strip club in Pensacola where he was participating in a golf event.
After a year off from coaching, UTEP resurrected his career in 2004 and the Miners won 16 of his first 21 games as head coach while finishing 2nd in the WAC in 2004 and 2nd in CUSA West in 2005. The Miners also went to bowl games in each of his first two seasons, but the school never posted a winning campaign after that. A 6-6 regular season in 2010 produced a New Mexico Bowl invite, but a 52-24 loss to BYU left the team at 6-7 after suffering 6 losses in the last 7 games. His final UTEP record was 48-61 (30-42, WAC and CUSA) and his career record was 177-183. He was 3-5 in bowl games, including an 0-3 mark at UTEP.
Paul Petrino, the offensive coordinator at Arkansas and brother of former head coach Bobby Petrino, was announced as the new head coach of Idaho on December 3. Petrino replaces Robb Akey who was the first head coach to get the axe in 2012. Akey was let go on October 21 after a 1-7 start by the Vandals, and following a 70-28 loss to Louisiana Tech in which his team surrendered 839 yards to the high-powered offense of the Bulldogs. Offensive coordinator Jason Gesser was named interim coach for the rest of the season and went 0-4. Akey was 20-50 in 6-2/3 seasons with just one winning campaign which came in 2009 when the Vandals finished 8-5 after a 43-42 Humanitarian Bowl win over Bowling Green. It was Idaho's second-ever FBS bowl appearance.
Trent Miles was introduced as the new head coach at Georgia State on Monday. Bill Curry announced on August 15, 2012 that he would retire at the end of the 2102 season, Georgia State's final season as a FCS member. The football program enters the FBS in 2013 as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Curry, who turned 70 in October, was the head coach at Georgia Tech from 1980-1986, Alabama from 1987-1989, and Kentucky from 1990-1996. He then worked several years as a TV analyst before accepting the task in 2008 to launch Georgia State's new football program from the ground up. His teams produced a 3-year mark of 10-23 that included a 1-10 record in 2012 in its lone season as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), one of the toughest leagues at the FCS level.
Miles was head coach at Indiana State since 2008 where he was 20-36 in 5 seasons. However, the Sycamores were 1-32 in the 3 years prior to his arrival and Miles' posted winning campaigns in each of his last three seasons. Miles is a Tyrone Willingham disciple who served with him at Stanford, Notre Dame, and Washington as wide receivers and running backs coach.
Dave Doeren was announced as the new head coaching hire by N.C. State on December 1, the day after leading Northern Illinois to its second MAC Championship in his only two seasons at the school. He compiled records of 23-4 overall and 17-1 vs. MAC schools, including the two conference championship game wins.
Offensive line coach Rod Carey was named as Doeren's successor on December 2 and coached the Huskies (12-2) in their historic 31-10 Orange Bowl loss to Florida State.
Doeren succeeds Tom O'Brien, whom N.C. State lured away from Boston College in 2006 to replace Chuck Amato. O'Brien was fired by the Wolfpack on November 25. His 6 seasons produced no better than a 2nd-place finish in the Atlantic division which was achieved in 2010 when the Wolfpack went 9-4 overall and defeated West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl (now called the Russell Athletic Bowl). The Congrove Computer Rankings projected his last two teams would finish 10-2 in 2011 and 9-3 in 2012, but the team went 7-5 each year. He was 40-35 overall and 22-26 in ACC games. O'Brien has a career record of 115-80. Offensive coordinator Dana Bible was the interim head coach for the school's 38-24 loss to Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl.
Kentucky announced on November 27 Mark Stoops as its new head coach. The Florida State defensive coordinator for the last three seasons is, of course, the brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and former Arizona had coach Mike Stoops.
Kentucky made Joker Phillips the second head coaching casualty of 2012 on November 4 when the school announced he would be let go at the end of the regular season. The Wildcats were 1-9 overall at the time and 0-7 in the SEC, fresh off a 40-0 pasting at the hands of Vanderbilt for its worst loss to that school in 96 years. They finished 2-10, 0-8 and his overall record for 3 seasons was 13-24, including 4-20 in SEC games. Numerous injuries had forced Kentucky to play more than 25 freshmen.