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2017-2018 Coaching Carousel

As of December 15, 2017, there have been 20 coaching changes to be made before the start of the 2018 college football season, including 12 from a Power Five conference. Here is a look at the updated coaching changes. This is updated as needed.

School Previous Coach New Coach
Arizona State Todd Graham Herm Edwards
Arkansas Bret Bielema Chad Morris
Florida Jim McElwain Dan Mullen
Florida State Jimbo Fisher Willie Taggart
Georgia Southern Tyson Summers Chad Lunsford
Kent State Paul Haynes TBD
Louisiana-Lafayette Mark Hudspeth Billy Napier
Mississippi State Dan Mullen Joe Moorhead
Nebraska Mike Riley Scott Frost
Ole Miss Hugh Freeze Matt Luke
Oregon Willie Taggart Mario Cristobal
Oregon State Gary Andersen Jonathan Smith
Rice David Bailiff Mike Bloomgren
SMU Chad Morris Sonny Dykes
South Alabama Joey Jones Steve Campbell
Tennessee Butch Jones Jeremy Pruitt
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Jimbo Fisher
UCF Scott Frost Josh Heupel
UCLA Jim Mora Chip Kelly
UTEP Sean Kugler Dana Dimel

“*” designates interim coach

Coaching Carousel Timeline

  • July 20, 2017 – Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze resigns as head coach. Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Luke named interim head coach.
  • October 2, 2017 – UTEP fires head coach Sean Kugler. Mike Price hired as interim head coach.
  • October 9, 2017 – Oregon State and Gary Andersen mutually part. Assistant coach Cory Hall named interim head coach.
  • October 22, 2017 – Georgia Southern fires head coach Tyson Summers. Assistant coach Chad Lunsford named interim head coach.
  • October 29, 2017 – Florida reportedly parts ways with head coach Jim McElwain. Randy Shannon named interim head coach.
  • November 12, 2017 – Tennessee reportedly fires head coach Butch Jones. Brady Hoke named interim head coach.
  • November 29, 2017 – UCLA fires head coach Jim Mora. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch named interim head coach.
  • November 20, 2017 – South Alabama head coach Joey Jones resigns.
  • November 22, 2017 – Kent State fires head coach Paul Haynes.
  • November 24, 2017 – Arkansas fires head coach Bret Bielema.
  • November 25, 2017 – UCLA hires Chip Kelly to be head coach.
  • November 25, 2017 – Nebraska fires head coach Mike Riley.
  • November 26, 2017 – Arizona State fires head coach Todd Graham.
  • November 26, 2017 – Texas A&M fires head coach Kevin Sumlin. Special Teams and tight ends coach Jeff Banks named interim head coach.
  • November 26, 2017 – Florida hires Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen.
  • November 26, 2017 – Mississippi State names special teams coordinator and running backs coach Greg Knox interim head coach.
  • November 26, 2017 – Ole Miss removes the interim tag from Matt Luke, and names Luke full-time head coach.
  • November 27, 2017 – Georgia Southern reportedly removes the interim tag from head coach Chad Lunsford.
  • November 27, 2017 – Rice fires head coach David Bailiff.
  • November 28, 2017 – Mississippi State reportedly hires Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead to be head coach.
  • November 29, 2017 – Oregon State hires Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith to be head coach.
  • December 1, 2017 – Texas A&M hires Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. Florida State names defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins interim head coach.
  • December 2, 2017 – Nebraska hires UCF head coach Scott Frost.
  • December 3, 2017 – Arizona State hires former NFL coach Herm Edwards to be head coach.
  • December 3, 2017 – Louisiana-Lafayette fires head coach Mark Hudspeth. Michael Desormeaux named interim head coach.
  • December 4, 2017 – UCF hires Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel to be head coach.
  • December 5, 2017 – Florida State hires Oregon head coach Willie Taggart to be head coach.
  • December 6, 2017 – Arkansas hires SMU head coach Chad Morris to be head coach.
  • December 6, 2017 – UTEP hires Kansas State offensive coordinator Dana Dimel to be head coach.
  • December 6, 2017 – Rice hires Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren to be head coach.
  • December 7, 2017 – Tennessee hires Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to be head coach.
  • December 7, 2017 – South Alabama hires Central Arkansas head coach Steve Campbell to be head coach.
  • December 8, 2017 – Oregon names interim head coach Mario Cristobal as head coach.
  • December 11, 2017 – SMU hires TCU offensive analyst Sonny Dykes to be head coach.
  • December 15, 2017 – Louisiana-Lafayette hires Arizona State offensive coordinator Bill Napier to be head coach.

Note: For consistency purposes with previous seasons, the cutoff point for offseason coaching changes is with summer media days. Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops resigned as head coach on June 7, with offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley being named the new full-time head coach. Oklahoma’s coaching change was recorded in the 2016-2017 Coaching Carousel for record-keeping purposes, as it happened prior to Big 12 media days.

Also, on November 27, 2017, it had been reported Tennessee was hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, only to see that crumble before becoming official following backlash from fans. Because that hire was never officially announced, it is not included in this timeline.