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2011 College Football Coaching Changes

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As the 2011 season comes to an end, more and more schools are lining up to make coaching changes. Here is a look at the current college football coach openings and hirings.



University of Akron Conference Realignment

Former Coach: Rob Ianello

New Coach: Terry Bowden (North Alabama coach)

Potential Candidates: Brian Polian (Stanford assistant), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin assistant), Matt Campbell (Toledo assistant), Paul Winters (Wayne St. coach)
Longshots: Luke Fickell (former Ohio St. interim coach), Jim Tressel (former Ohio St. coach)



University of Arizona Conference Realignment Arizona

Former Coach: Mike Stoops
Interim Coach: Tim Kish

New Coach: Rich Rodriguez



Arizona State University Conference Realignment
Arizona St.

Former Coach: Dennis Erickson

New Coach: Todd Graham (Pitt coach)

Potential Candidates: Mark Whipple (NFL Cleveland assistant), Josh McDaniels (NFL St. Louis assistant),  June Jones (SMU coach), Art Briles (Baylor coach), Larry Fedora (USM coach), Kevin Sumlin (Houston coach), Butch Jones (Cincinnati coach),  Justin Wilcox (NFL Tennessee assistant), Gary Anderson (Utah St. coach), Dan Mullen (Mississippi St. coach)





Arkansas State University Conference Realignment
Arkansas St.

Former Coach: Hugh Freeze (Arkansas St. coach)

New Coach: Gus Malzahn (Auburn assistant)

Potential Candidates: David Gunn (Arkansas St. interim coach)



Colorado State University Conference RealignmentColorado State:

Former Coach: Steve Fairchild

New Coach: Jim McElwain (Alabama assistant)

Potential Candidates:  Paul Chryst (Wisconsin assistant), Tony Alford (Notre Dame assistant), Billy Gonzales (LSU assistant)





Florida Atlantic University Conference Realignment
Florida Altantic:

Former Coach: Howard Schnellenberger

New Coach: Carl Pelini (Nebraska assistant)

Former Potential Candidates: Carl Pelini (Nebraska assistant), Jim Leavitt (former USF coach), Randy Shannon (former Miami coach)





California State University Fresno Conference RealignmentFresno State:

Former Coach: Pat Hill

New Coach: Tim DeRuyter (Texas A&M interim coach)

Potential Candidates:  Kelly Skipper (NFL Oakland assistant), Mike Martz (NFL Chicago assistant), JD Williams (UNLV assistant)




University of Hawaii Conference RealignmentHawaii:

Former Coach: Greg McMackin

New Coach: Norm Chow (Utah Assistant)

Potential Candidates:  Norm Chow (Utah assistant), Dirk Koetter (NFL Jacksonville assistant), Kalani Fifita Sitake*(Utah assistant),   Mark Banker (Oregon St. assistant), Nick Rolovich (Hawaii assistant), Duane Akina (Texas assistant), Jeremy Bates



University of  Houston Conference RealignmentHouston:

Former Coach: Kevin Sumlin

New Coach: Tony Levine (Houston assistant)

Potential Candidates:  Sonny Dykes (LA Tech coach),  Todd Monken (Oklahoma St. assistant), Tony Levine (Houston assistant), Jason Phillips (Houston assistant)





University of Illinois Conference RealignmentIllinois:

Former Coach: Ron Zook

New Coach: Tim Beckman (Toledo coach)

Potential Candidates: Todd Monken (Oklahoma St. assistant), Butch Jones (Cincinnati coach), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin assistant), Tim Beckman (Toledo coach), Ron English (EMU coach), Larry Fedora (USM coach), Kevin Sumlin (Houston coach), Brent Venables (Oklahoma assistant), Paul Rhoads (Iowa St. coach)



Kansas University Conference Realignment

Former Coach: Turner Gill

New Coach: Charlie Weiss (Florida assistant)

Potential Candidates: Paul Chryst (Wisconsin assistant), Phil Fulmer (former Tennessee coach), Larry Fedora (USM coach), Kevin Sumlin (Houston coach), Jim Leavitt (former USF coach), Mark Stoops (FSU assistant), Brent Venables (Oklahoma assistant), Kirby Smart (Alabama assistant), Mike Stoops (former Arizona coach), Hugh Freeze (Arkansas State coach)



University of Massachusettes Amhearst Conference Realignment

Former Coach: Andy Morris

New Coach: Charley Molnar (Notre Dame assistant)

Former Potential Candidates: Charley Molnar (Notre Dame assistant), Marc Whipple (NFL Cleveland assistant), Don Brown (UConn assistant), Neal Brown (Texas Tech assistant), Curtis Luper (auburn assistant), Brian White (Florida assistant)



University of Memphis Conference Realignment

Former Coach: Larry Porter

New Coach: Justin Fuente (TCU assistant)

Former Potential Candidates: Hugh Freeze (Arkansas State coach), Terry Bowden (North Alabama coach), Tommy Bowden (former Clemson coach), Manny Diaz (Texas assistant), Mark Hudspeth (ULL coach), Houston Nutt (former Mississippi coach), John L. Smith (Arkansas assistant), Willie Taggart (WKU coach)



University of Mississippi Conference Realignment
Former Coach: Houston Nutt

New Coach: Hugh Freeze (Arkansas St. coach)

Potential Candidates: Dana Holgorsen (WVU coach), Kevin Sumlin (Houston Coach), Larry Fedora (USM coach), Brent Venables (Oklahoma assistant), Willie Taggart (WKU coach), Kirby Smart (Alabama assistant), Mark Stoops (FSU assistant), Hugh Freeze (Arkansas State coach), Gus Malzahn (Auburn assistant)




University of New Mexico Conference Realignment
New Mexico:

Former Coach: Mike Locksley
Interim Coach: George Barlow

New Coach: Bob Davie



University of North Carolin Conference RealignmentNorth Carolina

Former Coach: Butch Davis

New Coach: Larry Fedora (former USM coach)

Former Potential Candidates: Bud Foster (VA Tech assistant), Skip Holtz (USF coach), Larry Fedora (USM coach), Gus Malzahn (Auburn assistant), Kevin Sumlin (Houston coach)




Ohio State University Conference Realignment
Ohio St:

Former Coach: Jim Tressel/Luke Fickell

New Coach: Urban Meyer



Pennsylvania State University Conference Realignment
Penn State:

Former Coach: Joe Paterno/Tom Bradley

New Coach: Bill O’Brien (NFL New England assistant)

Potential Candidates: Tom Clements (NFL Green Bay assistant), Tom Bradley (Penn St. interim coach), Mike London (Virginia coach), Bud Foster (VA Tech assistant), Chip Kelly (Oregon coach), James Franklin (Vanderbilt coach), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern coach), Dan Mullen (Miss St. coach)




University of Pittsburgh Conference RealignmentPittsburgh:

Former Coach: Todd Graham

New coach: Paul Chryst (Wisconsin assistant)

Potential Candidates: K.C. Keeler (Delaware coach), Tom Bradley (Penn St. interim coach),  Bud Foster (VA Tech assistant), Sal Sunseri (Alabama assistant)

Rutgers University Conference RealignmentRutgers:

Former Coach: Gregg Schiano

New Coach: Kyle Flood (Rutgers assistant)




University of Southern Mississippi Conference RealignmentSouthern Miss:

Former Coach: Larry Fedora

New coach: Ellis Johnson (South Carolina assistant)
Potential Candidates: Todd Monken (Oklahoma St. assistant), Frank Wilson (LSU assistant), Gus Malzahn (Auburn assistant)



Texas A&M University Colleg Conference RealignmentTexas A&M:

Former Coach: Mike Sherman

New Coach: Kevin Sumlin (Houston coach)

Potential Candidates: Kevin Sumlin (Houston coach),  Troy Calhoun (Air Force coach), Charlie Strong (Louisville coach), Kirby Smart (Alabama assistant),  Gus Malzahn (Auburn assistant), Gary Patterson (TCU coach)


Texas A&M University Colleg Conference RealignmentToledo:

Former Coach: Tim Beckman

New Coach:  Matt Campbell (Toledo assistant)



Tulane University Conference Realignment

Former Coach: Bob Toledo
Interim Coach: Mark Hutson

New Coach: Curtis Johnson (NFL New Orleans assistant)

Potential Candidates: Hugh Freeze (Arkansas State coach), Terry Bowden (North Alabama coach), Tommy Bowden (former Clemson coach), Manny Diaz (Texas assistant), Mark Hudspeth (ULL coach), Houston Nutt (former Mississippi coach), John L. Smith (Arkansas assistant), Willie Taggart (WKU coach)



University of Alabama Birmingham Conference Realignment

Former Coach: Neil Callaway

New Coach: Garrick McGee (Arkansas assistant)

Former Potential Candidates: Neal Brown (Texas Tech assistant), Paul Petrino (Illinois assistant), Hugh Freeze (Arkansas State coach), Terry Bowden (North Alabama coach), Tommy Bowden (former Clemson coach), Manny Diaz (Texas assistant), Mark Hudspeth (ULL coach), Houston Nutt (former Mississippi coach), Willie Taggart (WKU coach)




University of California Los Angeles Conference Realignment

Former Coach: Rick Neuheisel

New Coach: Jim Mora Jr. (former NFL coach)

Potential Coach Candidates:  Jim Mora Jr. (former NFL coach), Butch Jones (Cincinnati coach), Mike Bellotti (former Oregon coach), Tom Cable (former NFL Oakland coach), June Jones (SMU coach),  Ken Norton Jr. (NFL Seattle assistant), Manny Diaz (Texas assistant)

Not a candidate or not interested: Chris Peterson (Boise St. coach), Kevin Sumlin (Houston coach)



Washington State University Conference Realignment

Washington St.

Former Coach: Paul Wulff

New Coach: Mike Leach






Misc FCS Schools:



Costal Carolina University Conference RealignmentCoastal Carolina:

Former Coach: David Bennet

New Coach: Joe Moglia (UFL Omaha coach)

Potential coach candidates: Steve Spurrier Jr. (South Carolina assistant)




Columbia:Columbia Univesity Conference Realignment

Former Coach: Norries Wilson

New coach: Pete Mangurian




Eastern Illinois University Conference RealignmentEastern Illinois:

Former Coach: Bob Spoo

New coach: Dino Babers (Baylor assistant)

Potential Candidates:  Dino Babers (Baylor assistant), Mark Hutson (former Tulane interim coach)





Fordham University Conference RealignmentFordham:

Former Coach: Tom Massella

New Coach: Joe Moorhead (UConn assistant)

Potential Candidates:  Joe Moorhead (UConn assistant), Joe Moglia (UFL Omaha coach), Dave Cohen (WMU assistant), Dave Cecchin (Lehigh assistant), Ben Albert (Temple assistant)

Liberty University Conference RealignmentLiberty:

Former Coach: Danny Rocco

New Coach: Turner Gill



University of Richmond Conference RealignmentRichmond:

Former Coach: Latrell Scott

New Coach: Danny Rocco (Libery coach)

Potential Candidates:  Andy Coen (Lehigh coach), Wayne Lineburg (Richmond assistant)



university of south dakota2 Conference RealignmentSouth Dakota:

Former Coach: Ed Meierkort

New coach: Joe Glenn (former Wyoming/Montana coach)





Southeasten Louisana University Conference RealignmentSoutheast Louisiana:

Former Coach: Mike Lucas

New coach: Ron Roberts (Delta St. coach)



Western Carolina University Conference RealignmentWestern Carolina:

Former Coach: Dennis Wagner

New coach: Mark Speir (App St. assistant)

Potential Candidates: Chris Cosh (Kansas St. assistant), Mark Speir (App St. assistant), Mike Kruczek (former UCF coach), Jamey Chadwell (North Greenville University coach)





Weber State University Conference RealignmentWeber  St.

Former Coach: Ron McBride

New Coach: John L. Smith




Yale Conference RealignmentYale

Former Coach: Tom Williams

New Coach: Tony Reno (Harvard assistant)


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