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2012 College Football Coach Changes

Category: College Football Coaching News, Editorial


Updated on 1/29/13: 

As the 2012 season progresses, schools will be lining up to make coaching changes. Here is a look at the current college football coach openings and hirings. The coaching changes here are for the 2012 season and will carry over as into next year for the 2013 college football coach changes.




1/28/13: HIRING: Gardner-Webb Hires McCray
1/20/13: HIRING: Oregon Promotes Helfrich
1/18/13: HIRING: Delta St. Coach to Charleston Southern
1/18/13: HIRING: Rutgers Assistant Brock to Delaware
1/18/13: Gardner-Webb Coach Resigns
1/16/12: Kelly Leaves Oregon for NFL Eagles
1/11/13: HIRING: Holmes Promoted at FAMU
1/8/13: HIRING: Syracuse Promotes Shafer
1/7/13: Keeler Out at Delaware
1/6/13: Syracuse Coach Marrone to NFL Bills
1/5/13: HIRING: Nevada Tabs Brian Polian
1/4/13: HIRING: Ron Turner to FIU
1/3/13: Mills to Retire from Charleston Southern
12/28/12: Ault Retires at Nevada
12/28/12: HIRING: Lindsey Promoted at San Diego
12/18/12: HIRING: Cornell Promotes Archer
12/20/12: HIRING: Thomas to Northwestern St.
12/20/12: HIRING: Utah St. Promotes Wells
12/19/12: HIRING: WIU Hires Minnesota-Duluth Coach
12/19/12: HIRING: Utah St. Coach to Take Over Wisconsin
12/18/12: HIRING: Nichols to Coach Davidson
12/18/12: HIRING: Jacksonville St. Hires Clark
12/17/12: HIRING: Paul Haynes to Kent St.
12/17/12: HIRING: SJSU to Hire San Diego Coach
12/16/12: HIRING: WMU to Hire Tampa Bay Assistant
12/16/12: Cornell Coach Leaves for CFL
12/15/12: HIRING: Temple Hires Matt Rhule
12/15/12: HIRING: UC Davis Hires Cal Assistant
12/14/12: HIRING: Utah St. Assistant to Indiana St.
12/14/12: HIRING: Skip Holtz to LA Tech
12/13/12: HIRING: Appalachian St. to Name Satterfield Coach
12/13/12: HIRING: Morehead St. to Promote Rob Tenyer
12/12/12: HIRING: Texas Tech Hires Kingsbury
12/12/12: HIRING: Texas OC to Arkansas St.
12/10/12: HIRING: Monken To Be Named USM Coach
12/10/12: HIRING: Bobby Petrino to WKU
12/10/12: HIRING: McIntyre to Colorado
12/10/12: HIRING: UTEP to Hire Steelers Assistant
12/08/12: HIRING: Cincinnati Hires Texas Tech Coach Tubberville
12/08/12: HIRING: USF Hires WKU Coach
12/07/12: HIRING: Tennessee Hires Butch Jones
12/05/12: HIRING: Dykes to Cal
12/05/12: Cristobal Out at FIU
12/05/12: HIRING: Purdue Picks Kent St. Coach
12/04/12: HIRING: Boston College Hires Temple Coach Adazzio
12/04/12: HIRING: Malzahn Leaves Arkansas St. for Auburn
12/04/12: HIRING: Bielema Leaves Wisconsin for Arkansas
12/03/12: Colorado Close to Hiring Butch Jones
12/02/12: Moore Out at Appalachian St.
12/02/12: HIRING: NIU Promotes Carey
12/02/12: HIRING: Paul Petrino to Idaho
12/02/12: Holtz Out at USF
12/02/12: HIRING: NIU Coach Doeren to NC State
12/01/12: HIRING: Georgia St. Hires Trent Miles
11/29/12: Hendrickson Out at WIU
11/27/12: HIRING: Minter Takes Over at Campbell
11/27/12: HIRING: Mark Stoops to Kentucky
11/26/12: Hope Fired at Purdue
11/26/12: O’Brien out at NC State
11/26/12: Price Retiring at UTEP
11/26/12: Cubit Out at WMU
11/26/12: Spaziani Fired at Boston College
11/26/12: Embree Out at Colorado
11/25/12: Tedford Out at Cal
11/25/12: Auburn Parts with Chizik
11/23/12: Smith Out at Arkansas
11/20/12: Ballard Put at Morehead St.
11/20/12: Northwestern St. to Replace Coach
11/18/12: Dooley Out at Tennessee
11/06/12: Phillips Out at Kentucky
11/06/12: Davidson To Replace Merritt
11/05/12: Steele Out at Campbell
11/01/12: FAMU Coach to Resign
10/21/12: Idaho Fires Robb Akey  
9/14/12: Mitchell out at Southern
12/1/11: Biggs to Resign at UC Davis After 2012 Season




Appalachian State University Conference Realignment

Appalachian St.:

Former coach: Jerry Moore (resigned)
New Coach: Scott Satterfield (Appalachian St. offensive coordinator)

Potential Appalachian St. coach candidates: Scott Satterfied (App St. offensive coordinator), Shawn Elliot (South Carolina assistant), Lonnie Galloway (WFU assistant),  Tim Horton (former Arkansas assistant, Mike O’Cain (VA Tech assistant), John Shoop (former UNC assistant)


University of Arkansas Conference Realignment


Former coach: John L. Smith (fired)
New Coach: Bret Bielema (Wisconsin coach) 

Potential Arkansas coach candidates: Les Miles (LSU coach), Gary Patterson (TCU coach), Charlie Strong (Louisville coach), Tommy Tuberville (Texas Tech coach), Butch Davis (former UNC coach), Sonny Dykes (LA Tech coach), Art Briles (Baylor coach)



Arkansas State University Conference RealignmentArkansas St.:

Former Coach: Gus Malzahn (resigned)
New Coach: Bryan Harsin (Texas offensive coordinator)

Potential Arkansas St. coach candidates: Bryan Harsin (Texas offensive coordinator)



Auburn University Conference Realignment



Former Coach: Gene Chizik (fired)
New Coach: Gus Malzahn (Arkansas St. coach) 

Potential Auburn coach candidates: Gary Patterson (TCU coach), Chris Petersen (Boise St. coach), Jimbo Fisher (FSU coach), Bobby Petrino (former Arkansas coach), Gus Malzahn (Arkansas St. coach), Chad Morris (Clemson offensive coordinator)


Boston College Conference Realignment

Boston College:

Former coach: Frank Spaziani (fired)
New Coach: Steve Adazzio (Temple coach) 

Potential Boston College coach candidates: Pete Lembo (Ball St. coach), Aaron Kromer (New Orleans NFL assistant), Bob Diaco (Notre Dame assistant)

Others: Mark Whipple (Cleveland Brows assistant), Tim Murphy (Harvard coach), Darrell Hazell (Kent St. coach), Al Golden (Miami coach),  Bobby Wilder (ODU coach), Pete Carmichael Jr. (New Orleans NFL assistant)



University of California Berkley Conference RealignmentCalifornia:

Former Coach: Jeff Tedford (fired)
New Coach: Sonny Dykes (LA Tech coach) 

Potential Cal coach candidates: Chris Peterson (Boise St. coach), Mike MacIntyre (SJSU coach), Charlie Strong (Louisville coach), Tim DeRuyter (Fresno St. coach), Art Briles (Baylor coach), Gary Andersen (Utah State coach), Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois coach), Willie Taggart (Western Kentucky coach), Mark Helfrich (Oregon offensive coordinator),  Noel Mazzone (UCLA offensive coordinator), Pep Hamilton (Stanford offensive coordinator) Derek Mason (Stanford defensive coordinator), Justin Wilcox (Washington defensive coordinator), Bob Diaco (Notre Dame defensive coordinator), Kirby Smart (Alabama defensive coordinator), Todd Monken (Oklahoma St. offensive coordinator), Lorenzo Ward (South Carolina defensive coordinator, Ron Rivera (Carolina NFL coach), Greg Roman (San Francisco 49ers assistant), Hue Jackson (Cincinnati NFL assistant)





University of California Da Conference RealignmentCalifornia – Davis:

Former Coach: Bob Biggs (resigned)
New Coach: Ron Gould (Cal assistant)








Campbell University Conference Realignment


Former Coach: Dale Steele  (fired)
New Coach: Mike Minter (Liberty assistant)






Campbell University Conference Realignment

Former Coach: Butch Jones (resigned)
New Coach: Tommy Tuberville (Texas Tech coach) 






Charleston Southern:

Former Coach: Jay Mills (resigned)
New Coach: Jamey Chadwell (Delta St. coach)

Potential Charleston Southern coach candidates:  Mike Houston (Lenoir Rhyne coach)






Colorado University Conference RealignmentColorado:

Former Coach: Jon Embree  (fired)
New Coach: Mike MacIntyre (SJSU coach) 


Potential Colorado Coach Candidates: Troy Calhoun (Air Force coach), Tim DeRuyter (Fresno St. coach), Mike MacIntrye (SJSU coach), Frank Solich (Ohio coach)

No longer a candidate: Butch Jones (Cincinnati coach), Gary Andersen (Utah State coach),  Sonny Dykes (LA Tech coach), Gus Malzahn (Arkansas St. coach), Willie Taggert (WKU coach), Dave Doeren (NIU coach), Darrell Hazell (Kent State coach)



Conference RealignmentCornell

Former Coach: Kent Austin (resigned)
New Coach: Dave Archer (Cornell assistant) 

Potential Cornell coach candidates: TBD





Davidson College Conference RealignmentDavidson:

Former Coach: Tripp Merritt (fired)
New Coach: Paul Nichols (Illinois assistant)

Potential Davidson Coach Candidates: Ryan Crawford (Harvard assistant), Chris Monfiletto (Kenyon coach), Paul Nichols (Toledo assistant) Bob Sanders (Buffalo NFL assistant), David Turner (Mississippi State assistant), Eddie Williamson (TCU assistant), Paul Nichols (Illinois assistant)



University of Delaware Conference RealignmentDelaware:

Former Coach: K.C. Keeler (fired)

New Coach: Dave Brock (Rutgers offensive coordinator)

Potential Delaware coach candidates: Sam Venuto (Villanova offensive coordinator), Dave Cohen (Rutgers assistant), Dave Brock (Rutgers offensive coordinator), John DeFilippo (Oakland NFL assistant),




Florida A&M University Conference Realignment

Florida A&M:

Former Coach: Joe Taylor (resigned)

New Coach: Earl Holmes (FAMU assistant)
Potential FAMU coach candidates: Quinn Gray (FAMU assistant), Earl Holmes (FAMU assistant)





Flordia International University Conference RealignmentFlorida International:

Former Coach: Mario Cristobal (fired)
New Coach: Ron Turner (Tampa Bay NFL assistant)
Potential FIU coach candidates: Dan Quinn (Florida defensive coordinator), James Cooley (FSU offensive coordinator), Geoff Collins (Mississippi St. defensive coordinator)
Not Longer a Candidate: Manny Diaz (Texas defensive coordinator)


Gardner Webb University Conference RealignmentGardner-Webb:

Former coach: Ron Dickerson Jr. (resigned)
New Coach: Carroll McCray (North Greenville coach)







Georgia State University Conference RealignmentGeorgia St.:

Former coach: Bill Curry (retired)
New Coach: Trent Miles (Indiana St. coach)
Potential Georgia St. coach candidates: Willie Fritz (SHSU coach), Mike Bobo (Georgia offensive coordinator), Rodney Garner (Georgia assistant), Shane Beamer (VA Tech assistant), Ted Roof (Penn St. defensive coordinator), Lorenzo Ward (South Carolina defensive coordinator)





University of Idaho Conference RealignmentIdaho:

Former Coach: Robb Akey (fired)
New Coach: Paul Petrino (Arkansas assistant)

Potential Idaho Coach Candidates: Jason Gesser (Idaho interim coach) Longshots: Two coaches who likely wouldn’t be interested, but whom could potentially bring some previous Boise St. type of success to Idaho would be Dirk Koetter (Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator) and Dan Hawkins (former Colorado, Boise St. coach). Koetter is likely too high profile for Idaho at this time, and Hawkins would likely pass as well.


Indiana State University Conference Realignment

Indiana St.:

Former coach: Trent Miles (resigned)
New Coach: Mike Sanford (Utah St. assistant)



Jacksonville State University Conference Realignment

Jacksonville St.

Former coach: Jack Crowe (fired)
New Coach: Bill Clark (USA defensive coordinator)

Potential Jacksonville St. coach candidates: Teddy Keaton (Stillman coach), Adam Fuller (Tennessee – Chattanooga Defensive Coordinator), Josh Niblett (Hoover High coach)



University of Kentucky Conference Realignment


Former Coach: Joker Phillips (fired)
New Coach: Mark Stoops (FSU Defensive Coordinator)

Potential Kentucky Coach Candidates: Brent Pease (Florida assistant), Neal Brown (Texas Tech assistant), Sonny Dykes (LA Tech coach), Dirk Koetter (Atlanta NFL offensive coordinator)





Kent State University Conference Realignment

Kent St.:

Former Coach: Darrel Hazell (resigned)
New Coach: Paul Haynes (former Arkansas assistant)

Potential Kent St. Coach Candidates: Mark Snyder (Texas A&M defensive coordinator), Paul Haynes (former Arkansas assistant)



Louisana Tech University Conference RealignmentLouisiana Tech:

Former Coach: Sonny Dykes (resigned)
New Coach: Skip Holtz (former USF coach)

Potential LA Tech Coach Candidates: Kliff Kingsbury (Texas A&M offensive coordinator), Neal Brown (Kentucky offensive coordinator). Josh Heupel (Oklahoma assistant)





Morehead State University Conference RealignmentMorehead St.:

Former Coach: Matt Ballard (fired)
New Coach: Rob Tenyer (Morehead St. offensive coordinator)




Nevada Conference Realignment



Former Coach: Chris Ault (retired)
New Coach: Brian Polian (TAMU assistant)

Potential Nevada coach candidates: Chris Klenakis (Arkansas assistant), Tom Mason (SMU defenive coordianator) and Brian Polian (TAMU assistant)




Northern Illinois University Conference Realignment


Northern Illinois:

Former Coach: Dave Doeren (resigned)
New coach: Rod Carey (NIU offensive line coach)



Northwestern State University Conference Realignment
Northwestern St.:

Former Coach: Bradley Dale Peveto (fired)
New Coach: Jay Thomas (Missouri Southern defensive coordinator)

Potential Northwestern St. coach candidates: Steve Campbell (MGCCC coach), Jay Thomas (Missouri Southern defensive coordinator)


North Carolina State Univer Conference RealignmentNorth Carolina St.

Former coach: Tom O’Brien (fired)
New Coach: Dave Doeren (NIU coach)Potential NC State coach candidates: Sonny Dykes (LA Tech coach), Bob Diaco (Notre Dame defensive coordinator), Darrel Hazell (Kent St. coach), Chad Morris (Clemson offensive coordinator), Dave Doeren (NIU coach) 

Oregon Conference Realignment


Former coach: Chip Kelly (resigned)
New Coach: Mark Helfrich (Oregon offensive coordinator)

Potential Oregon coach candidates: Mark Helfrich (Oregon offensive coordinator), Chris Petersen (Boise St. coach)




Purdue University Conference Realignment


Former coach: Danny Hope (fired)
New Coach: Darrell Hazell (Kent St. coach) 

Potential Purdue Coach Candidates: Darrell Hazell (Kent State coach), Butch Jones (Cincinnati coach), Sonny Dykes (LA Tech coach), Brock Spack (Illinois St. coach), Pete Lembo (Ball St. coach), Mark Helfrich (Oregon offensive coordinator) No Longer a Candidate: Dave Doeren (NIU coach)



 Conference RealignmentSan Diego:

Former Coach: Ron Caragher (resigned)
New Coach: Dave Lindsey (USD assistant)

Potential San Diego coach candidates: TBD





San Jose State University Conference Realignment

San Jose St.:

Former coach: Mike MacIntyre (resigned)
New Coach: Ron Caragher (San Diego coach)

Potential SJSU Coach Candidates: Ron Caragher (San Diego coach), Kent Baer (SJSU defensive coordinator), John DeFilippo (Oakland NFL assistant), Dan Hawkins (former Colorado coach), Derek Mason (Stanford assistant), Noel Mazzone (UCLA offensive coordinator), Chris Strausser (Boise St. assistant), Justin Wilcox (Washington defensive coordinator)






Southern University


Former Coach: Stump Mitchell (fired)
New Coach: Dawson Odums 

Interim Coach: Dawson Odums

Potential Southern University coach candidates: Brian Jenkins (Bethune-Cookman coach), John Hendrick (former Tulane assistant), Dawson Odums (current interim head coach), James Spady (Nevada offensive line coach)




University of Southern Mississippi Conference Realignment

Southern Mississippi:

Former Coach: Ellis Johnson (fired)
New Coach: Todd Monken (Oklahoma St. offensive coordinator) 

Potential USM Coach Candidates: Blake Anderson (UNC assistant), Todd Monken (Oklahoma St. offensive coordinator), Neal Brown (Texas Tech offensive coordinator), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas A&M offensive coordinator), Tyrone Nix (MTSU defensive coordinator)



University of South Florida Conference RealignmentSouth Florida:

Former Coach: Skip Holtz (fired)
New Coach: Willie Taggart (WKU coach) 

Potential USF coach candidates: Chad Morris (Clemson Offensive Coordinator), Houston Nutt (former Arkansas coach), Rich Bassacia (San Diego NFL assistant), Derek Dooley (former Tennessee coach), Joker Phillips (former Kentucky coach), Willie Taggart (WKU coach), Mario Cristobal (former FIU coach)

Not a candidate: Steve A’Dazzio (Temple coach)





Syracuse University Conference Realignment


Former Coach: Doug Marrone (resigned)
New Coach: Scott Shafer (Syracuse defensive coordinator)

Potential Syracuse Coach Candidates: Dave Clawson (Bowling Green coach), Bob Diaco (Notre Dame defensive coordinator), Scott Shafer (Syracuse defensive coordinator), John Reagan (Rice offenisve coordinator), David Walker (NFL Colts assistant), Joe Gilbert (NFL Colts assistant)





Former Coach: Steve Adazzio (resigned)
New Coach: Matt Rhule (NFL Giants assistant)

Potential Temple Coach Candidates: Mario Cristobal (former FIU coach), Stan Drayton (Ohio St. assistant), Matt Rhule (NFL Giants assistant coach), Mark D’Onofrio (Miami defensive coordinator)



University of Tennessee Knoxville Conference Realignment


Former Coach: Derek Dooley (fired)
Interim Coach: Jim Chaney
New Coach: Butch Jones (Cincinnati coach)

Potential Tennessee Coach Candidates: Kirby Smart (Alabama assistant)

No Longer Candidates: Larry Fedora (UNC coach), Charlie Strong (Louisville coach), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma St. coach), Gary Patterson (TCU coach)





Texas Tech University Conference RealignmentTexas Tech:

Former Coach: Tommy Tuberville (resigned)
New Coach: Kliff Kingsbury (Texas A&M offensive coordinator)
Potential Texas Tech coach candidates: Todd Monken (Oklahoma St. offensive coordinator), Neal Brown (Kentucky offensive coordinator), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas A&M offensive coordinator),





utep Conference RealignmentUTEP:

Former Coach: Mike Price (retired)
New Coach: Sean Krugler (Pittsburgh NFL assistant) 

Potential UTEP coach candidates: Mark Mangino (former Kansas coach), Dirk Koetter (Atlanta NFL assistant), Dave Toub (Chicago NFL assistant),  Marty Mornhinweg (Philadelphia NFL assistant), Willie Fritz (SHSU coach)



Utah St Conference RealignmentUtah St.

Former Coach: Gary Anderson (resigned)
New Coach: Matt Wells (Utah St. offensive coordinator)

Potential Utah St. coach candidates: Matt Wells (Utah St. offensive coordinator)





Western Kentucky University Conference RealignmentWestern Kentucky:

Former Coach: Willie Taggart (resigned)
New Coach: Bobby Petrino (former Arkansas coach) 

Potential WKU coach candidates: Bobby Petrino (former Arkansas coach)






Western Illinois University Conference Realignment


Western Illinois:

Former Coach: Mike Hendrickson (fired)

New Coach: Bob Nielson (Minnesota-Duluth coach)

Potential WIU coach candidates: Bob Bartolomeo (Indoanapolis coach), Bob Nielson (Minn-Duluth coach), Chris Creighton (Drake coach),




Western Michigan University Conference Realignment

Western Michigan:

Former Coach: Bill Cubit (fired)
New Coach: P.J. Fleck (Tampa Bay NFL assistant)

Potential WMU coach candidates: Scott Shafer (Syracuse assistant), Brian Rock (Kent St. offensive coordinator), George McDonald (Miami assistant), Pat Narduzzi (Michigan St. defensive coordinator)

Not a candidate: Trent Miles (Indiana St. coach)



University of Wisconsin Madison Conference Realignment


Former Coach: Bret Bielema (resigned)
New Coach: Gary Anderson (Utah St. coach)

Potential Wisconsin coach candidates: Paul Chryst (Pitt coach), Chris Ash (Wisconsin defensive coordinator), Al Golden (Miami coach), Gary Anderson (Utah St. coach)





Previous Years:


2011 College Football Coaching Changes

2010 College Football Coaching Changes

2009 College Football Coaching Changes

2008 College Football Coaching Changes

2007 College Football Coaching Changes

2006 College Football Coaching Changes





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