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2015-2016 Coaching Carousel

Coaching Carousel

As of March 7, 2016 there have been 27 coaching changes to be made before the 2016 college football season, including 15 from a Power Five conference. Here is a look at the updated coaching changes. This is updated as needed.

School Previous Coach New Coach
Bowling Green Dino Babers Mike Jinks
BYU Bronco Mendenhall Kalani Sitake
East Carolina Ruffin McNeil Scottie Montgomery
Georgia Mark Richt Kirby Smart
Georgia Southern Willie Fritz Tyson Summers
Hawaii Norm Chow Nick Rolovich
Illinois Tim Beckman Bill Cubit
Illinois Bill Cubit Lovie Smith
Iowa State Paul Rhoads Matt Campbell
Louisiana-Monroe Todd Berry Matt Viator
Maryland Randy Edsall D.J. Durkin
Memphis Justin Fuente Mike Norvell
Miami Al Golden Mark Richt
Minnesota Jerry Kill Tracy Claeys
Missouri Gary Pinkel Barry Odom
North Texas Dan McCarney Seth Littrell
Rutgers Kyle Flood Chris Ash
South Carolina Steve Spurrier Will Muschamp
Southern Mississippi Todd Monken Jay Hopson
Syracuse Scott Shafer Dino Babers
Texas State Dennis Franchione Everett Withers
Toledo Matt Campbell Jason Candle
Tulane Curtis Johnson Willie Fritz
UCF George O'Leary Scott Frost
USC Steve Sarkisian Clay Helton
UTSA Larry Coker Frank Wilson
Virginia Mike London Bronco Mendenhall
Virginia Tech Frank Beamer Justin Fuente

*” designates interim coach

Coaching Carousel Timeline

  • August 28, 2015 – Illinois fires Tim Beckman. Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit named interim head coach.
  • October 10, 2015 – North Texas fires Dan McCarney. Offensive coordinator Mike Canales and defensive coordinator Chris Cosh named co-interim head coaches.
  • October 11, 2015 – Maryland fires Randy Edsall. Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley named interim head coach.
  • October 12, 2015 – USC fires Steve Sarkisian. Clay Helton named interim head coach.
  • October 12, 2015 – South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier retires. Co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliott named interim head coach.
  • October 25, 2015 – UCF head coach George O’Leary resigns. Quarterback coach Danny Barrett named interim head coach.
  • October 25, 2015 – Miami fires Al Golden. Tight ends coach and run game coordinator Larry Scott named interim head coach.
  • October 28, 2015 – Minnesota head coach Jerry Kills announces immediate retirement. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys named interim head coach.
  • November 1, 2015 – Virgina Tech head coach Frank Beamer announces retirement effective at end of the season.
  • November 1, 2015 – Hawaii fires head coach Norm Chow. Offensive line coach Chris Naeole named interim head coach.
  • November 1, 2015 – Minnesota names interim head coach Tracy Claeys full-time head coach.
  • November 13, 2015 – Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel announces he will step down as head coach at conclusion of 2015 season.
  • November 14, 2015 – Louisiana-Monroe fires head coach Todd Berry. Defensive lien coach John Mumford named interim head coach.
  • November 22, 2015 – Iowa State fires head coach Paul Rhoads.
  • November 23, 2015 – Syracuse fires Scott Shafer.
  • November 27, 2015 – Hawaii hires Nevada offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich to be new head coach.
  • November 28, 2015 – Tulane fires head coach Curtis Johnson.
  • November 28, 2015 – Illinois removes interim tag from Bill Cubit’s title, hires Cubit on two-year contract.
  • November 29, 2015 – Georgia fires head coach Mark Richt.
  • November 29, 2015 – Virginia Tech hires Memphis football coach Justin Fuente. Memphis names co-defensive coordinator Darrell Dickey as interim head coach.
  • November 29, 2015 – Iowa State hires Toledo head coach Matt Campbell. Toledo names defensive coordinator Jon Heacock interim head coach.
  • November 29, 2015 – Rutgers fires head coach Kyle Flood. Running backs coach Norries Wilson named interim head coach.
  • November 29, 2015 – Virginia head coach Mike London resigns.
  • November 30, 2015 – USC removes interim tag from Clay Helton’s title, names him permanent head coach.
  • December 1, 2015 – UCF hires Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost to be head coach.
  • December 1, 2015 – Georgia reportedly will hire Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart to be head coach.
  • December 2, 2015 – Toledo offensive coordinator Jason Candle reportedly to be named head coach.
  • December 2, 2015 – Maryland hires Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to be head coach.
  • December 3, 2015 – Missouri names defensive coordinator Barry Odom its new head coach.
  • December 3, 2015 – Memphis hires Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell to be head coach.
  • December 4, 2015 – Miami makes hiring of Mark Richt as head coach official.
  • December 4, 2015 – East Carolina fires Ruffin McNeil.
  • December 4, 2015 – Virginia hires BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall to be head coach.
  • December 5, 2015 – North Texas will reportedly hire North Carolina offensive coordinator Seth Littrell.
  • December 5, 2015 – Syracuse hires Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers to be head coach.
  • December 5, 2015 – Rutgers hires Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash to be head coach.
  • December 9, 2015 – Bowling Green hires Texas Tech associate head coach and running backs coach Mike Jinks to be head coach.
  • December 12, 2015 – Tulane hires Georgia Southern head coach Willie Fritz to be head coach.
  • December 13, 2015 – East Carolina hires Duke offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery to be head coach.
  • December 14, 2015 – Louisiana-Monroe hires McNeese State head coach Matt Viator to be head coach.
  • December 19, 2015 – BYU hires Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake to be head coach.
  • December 20, 2015 – Georgia Southern hires Colorado State defensive coordinator Tyson Summers to be head coach.
  • December 22, 2015 – Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione retires.
  • January 5, 2016 – UTSA head coach Larry Coker retires.
  • January 7, 2016 – Texas State hires James Madison head coach Everett Withers to be new head coach.
  • January 16, 2016 – UTSA hires LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson to be new head coach.
  • January 24, 2016 – Southern Mississippi head coach Todd Monken hired by Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be offensive coordinator.
  • February 1, 2016 – Southern Mississippi hires Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson to be head coach.
  • March 5, 2016 – Illinois fires head coach Bill Cubit.
  • March 7, 2016 – Illinois hires Lovie Smith to be head coach.