Coaching Carousel Winners and Losers

Coaching Carousel Winners and Losers

The season is over and we have already spent some time looking back at the 2011 season. Today we take a look at the head coaching changes made in the sport since the close of the regular season and pick out some of the best, and worst, changes. Stephen Prather from Coaches By The Numbers joined me once again to analyze and discuss some of the best moves made out there.

Here is a final copy of the coaching carousel, as of January 16, 2012 (and here is a full archive of the head coaching changes), after the jump:

2011-12 Coaching Carousel

AkronRob IanelloTerry Bowden
ArizonaMike StoopsRich Rodriguez
Arizona StateDennis EricksonTodd Graham
Arkansas StateHugh FreezeGus Malzahn
Colorado StateSteve FairchildJim McElwain
Florida AtlanticHoward SchnellenbergerCarl Pelini
Fresno StatePat HillTim DeRuyter
HawaiiGreg McMackinNorm Chow
HoustonKevin SumlinTony Levine
IllinoisRon ZookTim Beckman
KansasTurner GillCharlie Weis
MemphisLarry PorterJustin Fuente
MississippiHouston NuttHugh Freeze
New MexicoMike LocksleyBob Davie
North CarolinaEverett Withers*Larry Fedora
Ohio StateLuke Fickell*Urban Meyer
Penn StateJoe PaternoBill O’Brien
PittsburghTodd GrahamPaul Chryst
Southern MissLarry FedoraEllis Johnson
Texas A&M;Mark ShermanKevin Sumlin
ToledoTim BeckmanMatt Campbell
TulaneBob ToledoCurtis Johnson
UABNeil CallawayGarrick McGee
UCLARick NeuheiselJim Mora
Washington StatePaul WulffMike Leach
Coaching Carousel Winners and Losers

You can listen to the podcast below to get some of Prather’s reactions to the more notable hires out there, but here are a few of my quick thoughts.

Best Hire: Ohio State, Urban Meyer

I think it goes without much saying that not only was this the most likely coaching hire, but also the best. The Buckeyes already have a BCS-caliber program and Meyer brings a strong reputation with him.

It should not take long for Meyer to get the Buckeyes back to the BCS after a one-year postseason ban. The rest of the Big Ten better seize the opportunity this season, because the Buckeyes will be back in 2013 for sure.

Honorable Mention: Washington State, Mike Leach

Mike Leach managed to make people discuss Texas Tech, even seeing the Red Raiders once climb to number two in the BCS rankings. I won’t go so far as to say Washington State will make a BCS run, but they will hardly be a pushover in the Pac 12 much longer.

Worst Hire: Kansas, Charlie Weis

As I say in the podcast, this is a better situation for Charlie Weis than he had at Notre Dame or even Florida, but what exactly is Kansas looking to do here?

Hiring Weis certainly creates a spark in conversation, but look closely at that buzz. They say even negative publicity is publicity, but in college football, that idea does not float water.

Dishonorable Mention: Penn State, Bill O’Brien

I am not as anti-BOB as I once was, but the fact is he is an unproven head coach, and his offensive numbers at the college level trend downward. I’m willing to see how things go at Penn State amid unique circumstances before passing ultimate judgment though.

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About the Daniel Madission

Hi, I am Daniel Madisson (Owner and Author) of No2minutewarning. I did Masters from University of Florida in sports. I love to write about sports, their varieties and to spill all the inside beans of very loving sports game of yours.

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