2009 College Football Coaching Changes & Rumors
2009 College Football Coaching Hirings:
Buffalo: Jeff Quinn will replace former coach Turner Gill who resigned
This isn’t the most sought after job, but it is football in the northeast. Early candidates included interim coach Danny Barrett, Florida quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler and former Notre Dame assistant Corwin Brown.
Central Michigan: Dan Enos to replace Butch Jones who resigned
Surprise hire here with Dan Enos, the Michigan St. RB coach the pick. The early candidate was interim coach Steve Stripling but offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian became the leading candidate with Illinois DB coach Curt Mallory to also interview. CMU interviewed Florida quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler but he took himself out of the running.
Cincinnati: As expected, Cincinnati has hired CMU coach Butch Jones to replace Brian Kelly. Others considered were in-house candidates such as Associate Head Coach Kerry Coombs, and offensive coordinator and offensive Line coach Jeff Quinn. Also on the list are Temple coach Al Golden and ECU coach Skip Holtz. The popular choice was CMU coach Butch Jones, who took the CMU job when Kelly left for Cincy. One guy who won’t be coach is Houston’s Kevin Sumlin who rejected an opportunity to interview.
Some early ECU football coach candidates included NFL Jaguars QB coach Mike Shula, Temple coach Al Golden, Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson, Oklahoma DC Kevin Wilson, FSU linebackers coach Greg Hudson, Liberty coach Danny Rocco, Grambling St. coach Rod Broadway. Others mentioned included former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden and Virgina Tech DC Bud Foster, Phil Fulmer, Jeff Bower, Terry Bowden and Kirby Smart. Many would not have mind seeing former coach Steve Logan return. MTSU coach Rick Stockstill rejected an offer to coach ECU.
Florida State: promoted Jimbo Fisher to head coach to replace the retired Bobby Bowden
Kansas: has hired Buffalo coach Turner Gill to replace Mark Mangino, who resigned
A few names topped the list: Jim Harbaugh is the first choice…but why would he leave Stanford for Kansas when so many better options will exist as soon as next year? Tommy Tuberville is interested but it’s not sure yet if the school is. Buffalo coach Turner Gill and ECU coach Skip Holtz are the next group. Uconn coach Randy Edsall, formenr Tennessee coach Phil Fullmer, Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, Minnesota coach Tim Brewster is another name going around.
Louisiana – Monroe: Todd Berry, the former UNLV offensive coordinator, has replaced Charlie Weatherbie. Terry Bowden also interviewed for ULM.
LA Tech: Sonny Dykes to replace Derek Dooley who resigned
Early candidates included interim coach Frank Scelfo, assistant coach Tommy Spangler, Oklahoma St. assistant Joe DeForest, Texas assistant Major Applewhite. Others mentioned included North Alabama coach Terry Bowden, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers coach Todd Monken, Houston co-offensive coordinator Jason Phillips. SEC Assistants Gus Malzhan and Tyrone Nix claimed not to be candidates.
Louisville: Louisville hired Charlie Strong who was at the top of their list to replace Steve Kragthorpe. Phil Fullmer was rumored to have been considered but Charlie Strong was the only true candidate.
Marshall: Has hired WVU assistant Doc Holiday to replaced the fired coach Mark Snyder.
CMU’s Butch Jones was the top target but he was on the Kansas and Cincinnati lists and eventually replaced Kelly at Cincy. Former Marshall assistant (Wake Forest assistant) Brad Lambert was considered as well as Florida St. offensive line coach Rick Trickett and current interim coach Rick Minter.
Memphis: hired LSU assistant Larry Porter to replace Tommy West
Notre Dame: Brian Kelly will replace the fired Charlie Weiss. Uconn coach Randy Edsall was considered and alumni pushed for Tommy Tuberville, but ultimately the man expected to get the job did.
San Jose St.: hired Duke Defensive Coordinator Mike MacIntyre to replace the retired Dick Tomey has retired. Interested candidates included SJSU DC Keith Burns, University of San Diego coach Ron Caragher, former SJSU coach Terry Shea, 49ers assistant Tom Rathman, Nevada defensive coordinator Nigel Burton and Yale coach Tom Williams.
Texas Tech: hired Tommy Tuberville to replace fired coach Mike Leach
Baylor coach Art Briles seemed to be a top target along but said he is staying at Baylor. Sonny Dykes, the Arizona OC was a popular pick as were Houston coach Kevin Sumlin and Tommy Tubberville. But appears that currect Texas Tech DC Ruffin McNeill, USM coach Larry Fedora and NY Jets RB Coach Anthony Lynn are all set to interview. Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is expected to interview as well.
UNLV: Montana coach Bobby Hauck will replace the fired coach Mike Sanford
It was a 2 man race between Montana coach Bobby Hauck and former New Mexico/TCU/Alabama/Texas A&M; coach Dennis Franchione. Arizona OC Sonny Dykes andformer Boise St. & Arizona St. coach Dirk Koetter, were considered also.
USC: Lane Kiffin replaced Pete Carroll who resigned to take Seattle Seahawks job
Some early candidates included USC alums Jack Del Rio and Jeff Fisher. Herm Edwards was brought up as well. Some other names we heard were Norm Chow, Jim Harbaugh, Steve Sarkisian, Chris Peterson, Gary Patterson and even Carl Smith. Mike Riley, like Del Rio and Fisher took themselves out of the running in one way or another.
USF: Skip Holtz replaces the fired coach Jim Leavitt
The firing seemed to be less of a result of the alleged incident with a player and more about Leavitt’s attitude about the issue. Expected candidates included Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney, former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville and Michigan offensive coordinator Calvin Mage. Others include ECU coach Skip Holtz and former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer., USM coach Larry Fedora, Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, Miami OC Mark Whipple.
Virginia: Virginia has hired Richmond coach Mike London to replace Al Groh. Charlie Strong (Florida assistant) was considered; rumors (longshots) had Boise St. coach Chris Peterson a candidate. Others included Miami OC Mark Whipple, ECU coach Skip Holtz, Temple coach Al Golden, UConn coach Randy Edsall.
Western Kentucky: Richmond coach Mike London was on the list but they chose Stanford RB coach Willie Taggert
Should he ever officially resign, potential candidates could include Louisville’s new coach Charlie Strong and Mississippi St. coach Dan Mullen who was also a recent Florida assistant.
One name I would not be surprised to see would be former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden who is comfortable in the region.
Bob Stoops is the home-run hire Florida would love to make.
ESPN seems to think Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and even Boise St. coach Chris Peterson could be options.
Also read the 2009 College Football Coaching Hotseat