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2015 college football coach changes

Updated on 3/10/15:

As the 2015 season comes to an end, schools will be lining up to make coaching changes. Here is a look at the current 2015 – 2016 college football coach openings and hirings. The coaching changes here are for the 2015 season and will carry over as into next year for the 2016 college football coach changes.





3/09/16: HIRING: Lovie Smith to Illinois
3/05/16: Cubit Fired at Illinois
1/14/16: HIRING: Frank Wilson Leaves LSU for UTSA
1/10/16: HIRING: Southern Utah Promotes Warren
1/08/16: HIRING: JMU Coach Withers to Texas St.
1/07/16: HIRING: Ball St. Hires New Orleans NFL assistant Mike Neu
1/05/16: Coker Resigns at UTSA
1/04/16: HIRING: Marcus Satterfield to Tennessee Tech
12/31/15: HIRING: WIU Hires Richmond Assistant Fisher
12/26/15: Ed Lamb Leaves Southern Utah for BYU Assistant Role
12/23/15: HIRING: SIU Promotes Hill
12/22/15: Lembo Leaves Ball St. for Maryland Position
12/22/15: HIRING: UTC Asisstant to Austin Peay
12/22/15: Franchione Reitres at Texas St.
12/19/15: HIRING: Georgia Southern Hires CSU Assistant Summers
12/17/15: HIRING: Kalani Sitake Expected to Be Next BYU Coach
12/17/15: HIRING: Fordham Promotes Andrew Breiner
12/16/15: HIRING: Maine Promotes Harasymiak 
12/15/15: HIRING: Guidry To Be Promoted at McNeese St.
12/14/15: HIRING: Viator Leaves McNeese St. for ULM
12/14/15: HIRING: ECU Hires Montgomery
12/14/15: HIRING: South Dakota Hires WIU Coach
12/14/15: HIRING: Tony Hughes to Jackson St.
12/12/15: Moorhead Leaves Fordham for Penn St. Post
12/11/15: HIRING: Tulane to Name Willie Fritz Next Coach
12/09/15: HIRING: Bowling Green Tabs Texas Tech Assistant Jinks
12/08/15: HIRING: EKU Hires Tennessee Assistant Elder
12/07/15: HIRING: North Texas Hires Seth Littrell
12/07/15: HIRING: Muschamp to South Carolina
12/06/15: HIRING: Kirby Smart to Georgia
10/06/15: HIRING: Chris Ash to Rutgers
12/05/15: HIRING: Jacksonville Tabs Ian Shields
12/05/15: HIRING: Syracuse Tabs Dino Babers as Coach




Austin Peay State University Conference RealignmentAustin Peay:

Former coach: Kirby Cannon (fired)
New Coach: Will Healy (UT-Chattanooga assistant)

Potential Austin Peay coach candidates: Will Healy (UTC assistant), Andy McCollum (Georgia Tech assistant), Walt Wells (EKU assistant), Mike Collins (Sam Houston St. assistant), Matt Williamson (Stephen F. Austin assistant), Shane Day (Washington NFL assistant), Joshua Eargle (East Texas Baptist coach), Jed Stugart (Siuox Falls coach), Ron Lambert (Rossview HS coach)


Ball State University Conference RealignmentBall State:

Former coach: Pete Lembo (resigned)
Mike Neu (New Orleans NFL assistant)

Potential Ball State coach candidates: Mike Neu (New Orleans NFL assistant). Trent Miles (Georgia St. coach)


Bowling Green State University Conference RealignmentBowling Green:

Former coach: Dino Babers (resigned)
New Coach: Mike Jinks (Texas Tech assistant)

Potential Bowling Green coach candidates: Mike Jinks (Texas Tech assistant), Brian Ward (Bowling Green assistant)


Brigham Young University Conference RealignmentBYU:

Former coach: Bronco Mendenhall (resigned)
Expected New Coach: Kalani Sitake (Oregon St. assistant)

Potential BYU coach candidates: Ken Niumatalolo (Navy coach), Robert Anae (BYU assistant), Darrell Bevell (Seattle NFL assistant), Kalani Sitake (Oregon St. assistant), Lance Anderson (Stanford assistant), Kyle Whittingham (Utah coach)



East Carolina University Conference RealignmentECU:

Former coach: Ruffin McNeil (fired)
New Coach: Scottie Montgomery (Duke assistant)

Potential ECU coach candidates: Scottie Montgomery (Duke assistant), Brady Hoke (former Michigan coach), Shane Beamer (VA Tech assistant), Everett Withers (JMU coach), Gene Chizik (NC State assistant), Shawn Elliot (South Carolina assistant), Matt Canada (NC State assistant), Rick Stockstill (Middle Tennessee St. coach)


Eastern Kentucky University Conference RealignmentEastern Kentucky:

Former coach: Sean Hood (fired)
New Coach: Mark Elder (Tennessee assistant)

Potential EKU coach candidates: Mark Elder (Tennessee assistant), Chip Lindsey (USM assistant)



Fordham University Conference RealignmentFordham:

Former coach: Joe Moorhead (resigned)
New Coach: Andrew Breiner (Fordham assistant)

Potential Fordham coach candidates: Tim Cary (Fordham assistant), Andrew Breiner (Fordham assistant), Jon Wholley (Fordham assistant)



University of Georgia Conference Realignment


Former coach: Mark Richt (fired)
New Coach: Kirby Smart (Alabama assistant)

Potential Georgia coach candidates: Dan Mullen (Mississippi St. coach), Tom Herman (Houston coach), Charlie Strong (Texas coach), Kirby Smart (Alabama assistant), Bryan McClendon (Georgia assistant), Geoff Collins (Florida assistant) 



Georgia Southern University Conference RealignmentGeorgia Southern:

Former coach: Willie Fritz (resigned)
New Coach: Tyson Summers (Colorado St. assistant)

Potential Georgia Southern coach candidates: Tyson Summers (Colorado St. assistant), Brent Pry (Penn St. assistant), Jerry Chadwell (Charleston Southern coach), Doug Ruse (Georgia Southern assistant), Rhett Lashlee (Auburn assistant), Dell McGee (Georgia Southern assistnat)


University of Hawaii Conference Realignment


Former coach: Norm Chow (fired)
New Coach: Nick Rolovich (Nevada assistant)

Potential Georgia coach candidates: Nick Rolovich (Nevada assistant), Robert Anae (BYU assistant), Kevin Clune (Utah assistant), Todd Orlando (Houston assistant), June Jones (former Hawaii coach)


University of Illinois Conference Realignment


Former coach: Tim Beckman (fired)
New Coach: Bill Cubit (Illinois interim coach) (fired)
New Coach: Lovie Smith (former Tampa Bay NFL coach)

Potential Illinois coach candidates: Bill Cubit (Illinois interim coach)


Iowa State University Conference Realignment

Iowa State:

Former coach: Paul Rhoads (fired)
New Coach: Matt Campbell (Toledo coach)

Potential Iowa State coach candidates: Matt Campbell (Toledo coach), Todd Monken (USM coach), Rod Carey (NIU coach), Ken Niumatalolo (Navy coach), Troy Calhoun (Air Force coach), Willie Fritz (Georgia Southern coach), Scott Frost (Oregon assistant)



Jackson State University Conference Realignment

Jackson State:

Former coach: Harold Jackson (fired)
New Coach: Tony Hughes (Mississippi St. assistant)

Potential Jackson State coach candidates: Maurice Drayton (Citadel assistant), Tony Hughes (Mississippi St. assistant)



Jacksonville University Conference Realignment


Former coach: Kerwin Bell (fired)
New Coach: Ian Shields (Lenoir-Rhyne coach)

Potential Jackson State coach candidates: Ian Shields (Lenoir-Rhyne coach),  Mark Brunell (Episcopal H.S. coach)


James Madison University Conference RealignmentJames Madison:

Former coach: Everett Withers (resigned)

Potential JMU coach candidates: Randy Edsall (formerMaryland coach), Mike Houston (The Citadel coach), Jamey Chadwell (Charleston Southern coach), Jeff Durden (UT-Chattanooga assistant), Bryan Stinespring (VA Tech assistant)



University of Louisana Monroe Conference Realignment

Louisiana – Monroe:

Former coach: Todd Berry (fired)
New Coach: Matt Viator (McNesse St. coach)

Potential ULM coach candidates: Matt Viator (McNeese St. coach), Walt Bell (Arkansas St. assistant), Rhett Lashlee (Auburn assistant), Curtis Luper (TCU assistant), Jay Hopson (Alcorn St. coach), Broderick Fobbs (Grambling St. coach), Chris Scelfo (former Tulane coach)


Maine University Conference RealignmentMaine:

Former coach: Jack Cosgrove (resigned)
New Coach: Joe Harasymiak (Maine assistant)

Potential Maine coach candidates: Joe Harasymiak (Maine interim coach)


University of Maryland Conference Realignment


Former coach: Randy Edsall (fired)
New Coach: D.J. Durkin (Michigan assistant)

Potential Maryland coach candidates: Justin Fuente (Memphis coach), Tom Herman (Houston coach), Dino Babers (Bowling green coach), Scott frost (Oregon assistant)

McNeese St Conference RealignmentMcNeese St.:

Former coach: Matt Viator (resigned)
New Coach: Lance Guidry (McNesse St. assistant)

Potential McNeese St. coach candidates: Lance Guidry (McNeese St. assistant)

University of Memphis Conference Realignment


Former coach: Justin Fuente (resigned)
New Coach: Mike Norvell (Arizona St. assistant)

Potential Memphis coach candidates: Mike Norvell (Arizona St. assistant), Barry Odom (Missouri assistant), Jeff Brohm (WKU coach), Todd Monken (USM coach), Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma assistant)


University of Miami FL Conference RealignmentMiami:

Former coach: Al Golden (fired)
New Coach: Mark Richt (former Georgia coach)

Potential Miami coach candidates: Mark Richt (former Georgia coach),  Butch Davis (former UNC coach), Greg Schiano (former Rutgers coach), Dan Mullen (Mississippi St. coach)


University of Minnesota Twin Cities Conference RealignmentMinnesota:

Former coach: Jerry Kill (resigned)
New Coach: Tracy Claeys (Minnesota interim coach)

Potential Minnesota coach candidates: Tracy Claeys (Minnesota interim coach)


University of Missouri Conference RealignmentMissouri:

Former coach: Gary Pinkel (resigned)
New Coach: Barry Odom (Missouri assistant)

Potential Missouri coach candidates: Barry Odom (Missouri assistant), Sonny Dykes (Cal coach), Matt Wells (Utah St. coach), Troy Calhoun (Air Force coach), Matt Campbell (Toledo coach), Tom Herman (Houston coach)


Montana State University Conference RealignmentMontana State:

Former coach: Rob Ash (fired)
New Coach: Jeff Choate (Washington assistant)

Potential Montana State coach candidates: Jeff Choate (Washington assistant), Tim Cramset (Montana St. assistant), Chris Ball (Arizona St. assistant), Andy Hill (Missouri assistant), Brian Wright (FAU interim coach)


University of North Texas Conference RealignmentNorth Texas:

Former coach: Dan McCarthy (fired)
New Coach: Seth Littrell (UNC assistant)

Potential North Texas coach candidates: Seth Littrell (UNC assistant), Mike Canales (UNT interim coach), Willie Fritz (Georgia Southern coach), Kendal Briles (Baylor assistant), Doug Meacham (TCU assistant), Mario Cristobal (Alabama assistant), Major Applewhite (Houston assistant), Jake Spavital (Texas A&M assistant)


Rutgers University Conference RealignmentRutgers:

Former coach: Kyle Flood (fired)
New Coach: Chris Ash (Ohio St. assistant)

Potential Rutgers coach candidates: Chris Ash (Ohio St. assistant), Dino Babers (Bowling Green coach), Matt Rhule (Temple coach), Mario Cristobal (Alabama assistant), Ed Marinner (Ohio St. assistant), Al Golden (former Miami coach), Greg Shiano (former Rutgers coach), P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan coach)


University of South Carolina Columbia Conference RealignmentSouth Carolina:

Former coach: Steve Spurrier (resigned)
New Coach: Will Muschamp (Auburn assistant)

Potential South Carolina coach candidates: Will Muschamp (Auburn assistant), Kirby Smart (Alabama assistant), Tom Herman (Houston coach), Mark Richt (former Georgia coach), Larry Fedora (UNC coach), Dan Mullen (Mississippi St. coach)


university of south dakota2 Conference Realignment

South Dakota

Former coach: Joe Glenn (retied)
New Coach: Bob Nielson (WIU coach)

Potential USD coach candidates: Wes Beschorner (USD assistant), Kalen DeBoer (EMU assistant), Bob Nielson (WIU coach)


Southern Illinois University Carbondale Conference Realignment

Southern Illinois

Former coach: Dale Lennon (fired)
New Coach: Nick Hill (SOIU assistant)

Potential SIU coach candidates: Shawn Watson (former Texas assistant), Matt Limegrover (former Minnesota assistant), DeAndre Smith (former Syracuse assistant), Bill O’Boyle (SIU assistant), David Elson (SIU assistant), Nick Hill (SIU assistant)

Southern Utah University Conference RealignmentSouthern Utah

Former coach: Ed Lamb (resigned)
New Coach: Dermario Warren (SUU assistant)

Potential SUU coach candidates: Dermario Warren (SUU assistant), Justin Walterscheid (SUU assistant), Rob Ash (former Montana St. coach), Joe DuPaix (former BYU assistant)

Syracuse University Conference RealignmentSyracuse:

Former coach: Scott Shafar (fired)
New Coach: Dino Babers (Bowling Green coach)

Potential Syracuse coach candidates: Dino Babers (Bowling Green coach), Jeff Stoutland (Philadelphia NFL assistant), Dave Warner (Michigan St. assistant), Randy Sanders (Florida St. assistant), Jeff Moorhead (Fordham coach), Pep Hamilton (former Indianapolis NFL assistant), Ed Warinner (Ohio St. assistant)


Tennessee Tech University Conference RealignmentTennessee Tech:

Former coach: Watson Brown (retired)
New Coach: Marcus Satterfield (Temple assistant)

Potential Tennessee Tech coach candidates: Dewayne Alexander (Tennessee Tech assistant), Bryan Stinespring (VA Tech assistant), Jamey Chadwell (Charleston Southern coach), Marcus Satterfield (Temple assistant)


utsa Conference RealignmentUTSA:

Former coach: Larry Coker (resigned)
New Coach: Frank Wilson (LSU assistant)

Potential UTSA coach candidates: Frank Wilson (LSU assistant), Curtis Luper (TCU assistant), Jeff Traylor (Texas assistant), Craig Naivar (Houston assistant), Mel Tucker (Alabama assistant), Tony Levine (former Houston coach), KC Keeler (Sam Hosuton St. coach)




Texas Southern University Conference RealignmentTexas Southern:

Former coach: Darrel Asberry (resigned)
New Coach: Michael Haywood (former Miami – Ohio coach)

Potential Texas Southern coach candidates: Michael Haywood (former Miami – Ohio coach)


Texas State University San Marcos Conference RealignmentTexas State:

Former coach: Dennis Franchione (retired)
New Coach: Everett Withers (JMU coach)

Potential Texas State coach candidates: Everett Withers (JMU coach), Craig Naivar (Houston assistant), KC Keeler (SHSU coach), Mike Schultz (Texas St. assistant), Colby Carthel (Texas A&M-Commerce coach), Travis Bush (Buffalo NFL assistant)



University of Toledo Conference RealignmentToledo:

Former coach: Matt Campbell (resigned)
New coach: Jason Candle (Toledo assistant)

Potential Toledo coach candidates: Jason Candle (Toledo assistant)



Tulane University Conference RealignmentTulane:

Former coach: Curtis Johnson (fired)
New Coach: Willie Fritz (Georgia Southern coach)

Potential Tulane coach candidates: Willie Fritz (Georgia Southern coach), Brady Hoke (former Michigan coach), Dino Babers (Bowling Green coach), Frank Wilson (LSU assistant), Kendal Briles (Baylor assistant), Rob Ryan (former New Orleans NFL assistant)


University of Central Flordia Conference RealignmentUCF:

Former coach: George O’Leary (retired)
New Coach: Scott Frost (Oregon assistant)

Potential UCF coach candidates: Scott Frost (Oregon assistant), Jeff Brohm (WKU coach), Kirby Smart (Alabama assistant), Geoff Collins (Florida assistant), DJ Durkin (Michigan assistant), Mario Bristobal (Alabama assistant),



University of Southern California Conference RealignmentUSC:

Former coach: Steve Sarkisian (fired)
New Coach: Clay Helton (USC interim coach)

Potential USC coach candidates: Clay Helton (USC interim coach)


University of Virginia Conference Realignment


Former coach: Mike London (resigned)
New Coach: Bronco Mendenhall (BYU coach)

Potential Virginia coach candidates: Bronco Mendenhall (BYU coach), Ken Niumatalolo (Navy coach), Mark Richt (former Georgia coach), Al Golden (former Miami coach), Jeff Brohm (WKU coach), Troy Calhoun (Air Force coach), Mack Brown (former Texas coach)



Virginia Polytechnic Instit Conference Realignment

Virginia Tech:

Former coach: Frank Beamer (resigned)
New Coach: Justin Fuente (Memphis coach)

Potential Virginia Tech coach candidates: Bud Foster (Virginia Tech assistant), Justin Fuente (Memphis coach), Dino Babers (Bowling Green coach), Rich Rodriguez (Arizona coach), Matt Rhule (Temple coach)


Western Illinois University Conference RealignmentWestern Illinois:

Former coach: Bob Neilson (resigned)
New Coach: Charlie Fisher (Richmond assistant)


Potential WIU coach candidates: Charlie Fisher (Richmond assistant), Rob Ash (former Montana St. coach), Steve Crutchley (WIU assistant)


12/09/15: HIRING: Bowling Green Tabs Texas Tech Assistant Jinks
12/08/15: HIRING: EKU Hires Tennessee Assistant Elder
12/07/15: HIRING: North Texas Hires Seth Littrell
12/07/15: HIRING: Muschamp to South Carolina
12/06/15: HIRING: Kirby Smart to Georgia
10/06/15: HIRING: Chris Ash to Rutgers
12/05/15: HIRING: Jacksonville Tabs Ian Shields
12/05/15: HIRING: Syracuse Tabs Dino Babers as Coach
12/04/15: HIRING: Choate to Montana St.
12/04/15: HIRING: Mark Richt to Miami
12/04/15: HIRING: Virginia Hires Bronco Mendenhall
12/04/15: McNeil Out at ECU
12/04/15: HIRING: Mike Norvell to Memphis
12/04/15: HIRING: Missouri Opts for Odom As Coach
12/03/15: HIRING: Texas Southern Hires Michael Haywood
12/03/15: Kerwin Bell Out at Jacksonville
12/02/15: Watson Brown Retires at Tennessee Tech
12/02/15: HIRING: Toledo Promotes Candle
12/02/15: HIRING: Scott Frost to Coach UCF
11/30/15: Lennon Fired at SIU
11/30/15: Georgia Fires Mark Richt
11/30/15: HIRING: USC Retains Helton as Coach
11/29/15: Asberry Resigns at Texas Southern
11/29/15: Mike London Resigns at Virginia
11/29/15: Flood Fired at Rutgers
11/28/15: HIRING: Fuente Leaving Memphis for Virginia Tech
11/28/15: HIRING: Illinois Retains Interim Coach
11/28/15: Curtis Johnson Out at Tulane
11/27/15: HIRING: Hawaii Hires Nevada Assistant
11/25/15: Cosgrove Leaves Maine After 23 Years
11/23/15: Glenn Retires at South Dakota
11/23/15: Ash Fired at Montana St.
11/23/15: Hood Fired at EKU
11/23/15: Austin Peay Fires Cannon
11/23/15: Rhoads Fired at Iowa St.
11/23/15: Shafer Fired at Shafer

11/18/15: HIRING: Campbell Leaves Toledo for Iowa State
11/16/15: Pinkel Resigns at Missouri
11/15/15: Berry Out at Louisiana – Monroe
11/11/15: HIRING: Minnesota Retains Interim Coach Tracy Claeys

11/01/15: Frank Beamer to Retire at Virginia Tech
11/01/15: Norm Chow Fired at Hawaii
10/28/15: Jerry Kill Resigns at Minnesota Due To Health
10/26/15: O’Leary Retires at UCF
10/25/15: Al Golden Out at Miami

10/12/15: Sarkisian Fired at USC
10/12/15: Edsall Out at Maryland

10/11/15: Spurrier to Retire from South Carolina
10/10/15: McCarthy Out at North Texas
10/06/15: Jackson St. Fires Jackson
8/28/15: Beckman Fired at Illinois

Previous Years:

2014 College Football Coaching Changes

2013 College Football Coaching Changes

2012 College Football Coaching Changes

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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