The FBS coaching carousel is starting to turn, even in a season affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have been more than 20 head-coaching changes in FBS every season since 2015. The 2020-21 coaching carousel produced 15 changes to this point, and there is always an offseason surprise.
Seven Power 5 schools will have a new coach next season. Tennessee became the seventh school when Jeremy Pruitt was replaced by Josh Heupel.
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Sporting News will monitor the coaches who resign, retire or are fired heading into next season.
Resigned (Sept. 7): Hopson resigned after a season-opening loss to South Alabama. Scotty Walden was the interim coach for four games, and now Tim Billings is the coach for the remainder of the season. Hopson had a 28-23 record through five seasons with the Golden Eagles.
Hired (Dec. 2): The Golden Eagles hired Will Hall, 40, who served as Tulane’s offensive coordinator the last two seasons. Hall was 56-20 over six combined seasons with West Alabama and West Georgia in the Gulf South Conference.
Fired (Nov. 7): Utah State parted ways with Andersen after opening the 2020 season with three consecutive losses. It was Andersen’s second stint with the Aggies. He had a 7-23 record at Oregon State from 2015-17 after a 19-7 mark at Wisconsin from 2013-14.
Hired (Dec. 10): The Aggies hired Blake Anderson, who spent the last seven season at Arkansas State, as their next head coach. Anderson, 51, had a 51-37 record with the Red Wolves.
Fired (Nov. 16): South Carolina fired Muschamp after the Gamecocks allowed 48 points or more in three consecutive losses. South Carolina had a 28-30 record under Muschamp, but that included a 17-22 record in SEC play. The former Florida coach could not get the Gamecocks past the nine-win mark in five seasons.
Hired (Dec. 5): Oklahoma assistant Shane Beamer will take over for Muschamp, according to multiple reports. Beamer, the son of former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, served as an assistant under Steve Spurrier at South Carolina from 2007-10. He also was the Gamecocks’ recruiting coordinator for part of his tenure in Columbia. He later worked at Virginia Tech and Georgia before moving to Oklahoma. At Oklahoma, he was assistant head coach for offense, tight ends and H-backs under Lincoln Riley.
Fired (Nov. 29): Mason was fired one day after a 41-0 loss to Missouri. Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will serve as the interim coach. The Commodores were 0-8 in Mason’s seventh season. Vanderbilt has one just one win in SEC play the last two seasons. Mason finished with a 27-55 record.
Hired (Dec. 14): Vanderbilt announced Clark Lea as its next head coach. Lea, 38, played fullback at Vanderbilt before starting his coaching career. He rose to prominence the last three seasons as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator. The Irish have ranked in the top 15 in scoring defense each of the last three seasons.
Fired (Dec. 6): South Alabama parted ways with Steve Campbell after three seasons. Campbell, who had a successful stint at Central Arkansas before taking the job, had a 9-26 record in three seasons.
Hired (Dec. 12): The Jaguars hired Indiana defensive coordinator Kane Womack. The 33 year old was South Alabama’s defensive coordinator from 2016-17. Womack is now the youngest head coach in the FBS.
Fired (Dec. 7): Louisiana-Monroe fired Matt Viator after five seasons. The Warhawks slipped to 0-10 in 2020. UL-Monroe allowed 30 points or more in every game. Viator led the Warhawks to a 6-6 record in 2018, but the team could never pass the .500 mark.
Hired (Dec. 23): UL-Monroe hired Terry Bowden as its next head coach. Bowden, 64, last coached at Akron 2012-18. He is most-renowned for his stint with Auburn 1993-98. Bowden is 82-69-1 as a FBS coach. It will be interesting to see how he renovates the program.
Resigned (Dec. 10): Anderson resigned from Arkansas State and accepted the head coaching job at Utah State. Anderson had a 51-37 record with the Red Wolves the last seven seasons, and he led Arkansas State to six bowl appearances and two Sun Belt championships.
Hired (Dec. 12): Arkansas State hired Alabama assistant coach Butch Jones as its next head coach. Jones’ last head coaching stop was at Tennessee, where he had a 34-27 record over five seasons. Jones also had head coaching stints at Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He has an overall record of 84-54.
Fired (Dec. 12): Sumlin was dismissed a day after a 70-7 Wildcats loss to Arizona State in the Territorial Cup rivalry game. The loss dropped Arizona to 0-5 in 2020 and 9-15 overall in three seasons under Sumlin.
Hired (Dec. 23): Arizona hired Jedd Fisch as its next coach. Fisch spent the last three seasons in the NFL as an assistant coach with the Rams and Patriots. Before that, he had stints as the offensive coordinator at UCLA (2017) and Michigan (2015-16). He’s had several stops between the college and pro ranks, and none of those have lasted more than four years.
Fired (Dec. 13): Illinois on Sunday announced it had fired Smith following five seasons in Champaign; he will not coach the team’s final game on Dec. 19. He compiled a 17-39 overall record (10-33 Big Ten record), including a 2-5 mark in 2020. His best season came in 2019, when the Illini went 6-7 following a 35-20 loss to Cal in the Redbox Bowl — the team’s only bowl berth under Smith.
Hired (Dec. 19): Illinois on Saturday announced the hiring of former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, who comes to Champaign after an assistant coaching stint with the Giants. Bielema has a 12-year head coach record of 97-58 (.626). That includes a seven-year record of 68-24 at Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to a share of the Big Ten championship in 2010 and two outright titles in 2011 and ’12.
Fired (Dec. 13):Auburn parted ways with Malzahn after eight seasons. The Tigers finished 6-4 this season. Auburn was 14-12 the last three seasons in SEC play. Malzahn did lead the Tigers to the BCS championship game in 2013 and had a 3-5 record in the Iron Bowl.
Hired (Dec. 22): Auburn hired Boise State coach Bryan Harsin after a 10-day search. Harsin had a 69-19 record with the Broncos since 2014, and that included a 3-2 record in bowl games. The news was first reported by The Athletic. This is Harsin’s first Power 5 job.
Resigned (Dec. 22): Harsin resigned at Boise State to become the next coach Auburn. Harsin replaced Chris Petersen in 2014 and led the Broncos to three Mountain West Conference championships. This is the first Power 5 job for the 44-year-old coach.
Hired (Jan. 8): Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos, who once held the same position at Boise State under Harsin, reportedly will succeed Harsin as head coach. Avalos, who’s also a former Broncos player, was Boise’s DC from 2016-18 before going to Oregon.
Fired (Jan. 2): Texas announced it was parting ways with Herman on Jan. 2. Herman finished with a 32-18 record with the Longhorns the last four seasons, but a series of close losses dogged the coach throughout that tenure. The Longhorns made the Big 12 championship in 2018 and won the Sugar Bowl that season, but a 15-8 record the past two seasons took away that momentum.
Hired (Jan. 2): Texas hired Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to fill the vacancy left by Herman. Sarkisian, who has previous head coaching stints at Washington and USC, won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistent under Nick Saban this season.
Fired (Jan. 4): Marshall announced that it parted ways with Doc Holliday, who spent the last 11 seasons with the Thundering Herd. Holliday led Marshall to the Conference-USA championship game this season. The Thundering Herd had a winning record each of the last four seasons. Holliday leaves with a record of 85-54.
Hired (Jan. 16): Marshall, per multiple reports, will name Alabama associate head coach/running backs coach Charles Huff to replace Holliday. He held his position at Alabama for two seasons (2019-20), serving as associate head coach at Mississippi State (2018) and Penn State running backs coach (2014-17) prior to his stint in Tuscaloosa. Marshall will be Huff’s first head coaching job.
Fired (Jan. 18): Pruitt was fired after an internal investigation concerning possible recruiting violations within the program. Athletic director Phillip Fulmer also retired. Pruitt compiled a 16-19 record after three seasons, and that included a 10-16 record in SEC play.
Hired (Jan. 27): Tennessee hired UCF athletic director Danny White on Jan. 21, and six days later he hired UCF coach Josh Heupel. The former Oklahoma quarterback had a stint in the SEC as Missouri’s offensive coordinator from 2016-17. He has a 28-8 record in three seasons as a head coach.
Resigned (Jan. 27): Heupel resigned to take the Tennessee job after three seasons with the Knights. Heupel compiled a 28-8 record at UCF, and that included a 12-1 season in 2018 that resulted in a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. The Knights slipped a bit in the AAC the last two seasons with an 11-5 record in conference play.