It is always a challenge for a new head coach to begin a tenure in his new post. But the Covid-19 pandemic leaves new head coaches having to deal with a whole new universe. Especially the twelve first-time head coaches at the FBS level.
Here is the list of this year's new head coaches having to meet the new challenges.
|Team||2019 Coach (Record)||2020 Coach (Record)|
|Appalachian State||Eliah Drinkwitz (12-1), Shawn Clark (1-0)||Shawn Clark|
|Arkansas||Chad Morris (2-8), I Barry Lunney Jr. (0-2)||Sam Pittman|
|Baylor||Matt Rhule (11-3)||Dave Aranda|
|Boston College||Steve Addazio (6-6), B Rich Gunnell (0-1)||Jeff Hafley|
|Colorado||Mel Tucker (5-7)||Karl Dorrell|
|Colorado State||Mike Bobo (4-8)||Steve Addazio|
|Florida Atlantic||Lane Kiffin (10-3), B Glenn Spencer (1-0)||Willie Taggart|
|Florida State||Willie Taggart (4-5), I Odell Haggins (2-2)||Mike Norvell|
|Fresno State||Jeff Tedford (4-8)||Kalen DeBoer|
|Hawaii||Nick Rolovich (10-5)||Todd Graham|
|Memphis||Mike Norvell (12-2)||Ryan Silverfield|
|Michigan State||Mark Dantonio (7-6)||Mel Tucker|
|Mississippi||Matt Luke (4-8)||Lane Kiffin|
|Mississippi State||Joe Moorehead (6-7)||Mike Leach|
|Missouri||Barry Odom (6-6)||Eliah Drinkwitz|
|Nevada-Las Vegas||Tony Sanchez (4-8)||Marcus Arroyo|
|New Mexico||Bob Davie (2-10)||Danny Gonzales|
|Old Dominion||Bobby Wilder (1-11)||Ricky Rahne|
|Rutgers||Chris Ash (1-3), I Nunzio Campanile (1-7)||Greg Schiano|
|San Diego State||Rocky Long (10-3)||Brady Hoke|
|USF||Charlie Strong (4-8)||Jeff Scott|
|UTSA||Frank Wilson (4-8)||Jeff Traylor|
|Washington||Chris Petersen (8-5)||Jimmy Lake|
|Washington State||Mike Leach (6-7)||Nick Rolovich|
Karl Dorrell was named the head football coach for Colorado on Sunday (February 23). On March 11, the school cancelled classes for the rest of the semester. Check out www.casinojoka.com/fr.
Dorrell replaces Mel Tucker who resigned on February 11 to fill the same position at Michigan State which became available when Mark Dantonio stepped down on February 4. Michigan State shut down on March 14.
Tucker had just one year under his belt at Colorado. Dorrell had spent all but one of the previous 12 seasons in the NFL, mostly coaching wide receivers.
Even those head coaches with vast experience at other programs are trying to navigate a dearth of new issues related to the changes and unknowns as the world tries to stem the spread, and ultimately defeat the common enemy.
Hawaii on January 21 announced it had hired Todd Graham as head coach. He replaces Nick Rolovich who left to fill the same position at Washington State that became available when Mike Leach was lured away by Mississippi State. Graham has 12 years of head coaching experience, including six years at Arizona State in his last gig. Here are top payout online casinos.
Washington State named Rolovich as the new head coach on January 14, 5 days after Leach left for Starkville.
Baylor on January 16 named Dave Aranda as its news head coach. The LSU defensive coordinator replaces Matt Rhule who moved to the NFL's Carolina Panthers. The NFL is about to conduct its annual draft via teleconferencing.
Joining Aranda as first-time head coaches at the FBS level this season are Marcus Aroyo at UNLV, Danny Gonzalez at New Mexico, Kalen DeBoer at Fresno State, Ryan Silverfield at Memphis, Jeff Hafley at Boston College, Shawn Clark at Appalachian State, Jeff Scott at USF, Ricky Rahne at Old Dominion, Jeff Traylor at UTSA, Sam Pittman at Arkansas, and Jimmy Lake at Washington.