Coaching Carousel

January 2nd

Eric Bieniemy making the rounds of NFL head coaching positions – as is Vance Joseph

Related … “Bucs Interview Eric Bieniemy for Head Coach Position” … from

From Football Scoop … Tampa: Just hours after the Jets announced they have completed their interview of Eric Bieniemy; the Bucs have now announced the same.

Eric Bieniemy: The Chiefs offensive coordinator is set to interview for the Bucs and Jets head coaching jobs today, and will likely interview with the Dolphins tomorrow, per Albert Breer. Ian Rapoport tweets that Bieniemy will interview with the Bengals Friday and does not plan to interview for the Cardinals.

Cincinnati Bengals: The organization will interview former Broncos head coach, and former Bengals defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph today per multiple reports.

Houston hires West Virginia’s Dana Holgorson – WSU’s Mike Leach a candidate for WVU job?

From CBS Sports … Where does West Virginia look next? No, it’s not Rich Rodriguez. It’s not Butch Jones, either. West Virginia may not be an amazing job, but it doesn’t need to hire a retread who left unceremoniously 11 years ago, nor a former assistant who drove Tennessee into the ground. It can do better and there are good enough candidates out there to not have to seriously consider either. So to whom should Lyons look?

  1. Washington State coach Mike Leach: As with almost any No. 1 choice, the ranking is not based in realism as much as it is forcing him to tell you “no.” We’re not talking about Jimbo Fisher or Nick Saban, two of West Virginia’s favorite sons, here. Leach works well in off the grid spots and he’s a proven winner. See if he’s interested. Why not?

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College football head coaching positions – 24 openings; 22 filed

From Football Scoop … There have been 24 FBS changes (with Temple opening twice) and 22 have been filled as of January 2nd. Number of changes over the past seven seasons: 22 (2008), 23 (2009), 24 (2010), 28 (2011), 31 (2012), 20 (2013), 15 (2014) and 29 (2015), 21 (2016), 21 (2017).

Head over to The FBS Scoop Staff Tracker to see how their full-time staffs are taking shape.

Team2018 Coach2019 CoachTHE LATEST
AkronTerry BowdenTom ArthDETAILS
Appalachian StateScott SatterfieldEli DrinkwitzDETAILS
Bowling GreenMike JinksScot LoefflerDETAILS
Central MichiganJohn BonamegoJim McElwainDETAILS
CharlotteBrad LambertWill HealyDETAILS
ColoradoMike MacIntyreMel TuckerDETAILS
East CarolinaScottie MontgomeryMike HoustonDETAILS
Georgia TechPaul JohnsonGeoff CollinsDETAILS
HoustonMajor ApplewhiteDana HolgorsenDETAILS
KansasDavid BeatyLes MilesDETAILS
Kansas StateBill SnyderChris KliemanDETAILS
LibertyTurner GillHugh FreezeDETAILS
LouisvilleBobby PetrinoScott SatterfieldDETAILS
MarylandDJ DurkinMike LocksleyDETAILS
MiamiMark RichtManny DiazDETAILS
North CarolinaLarry FedoraMack BrownDETAILS
Ohio StateUrban MeyerRyan DayDETAILS
TempleGeoff CollinsDETAILS
Texas StateEverett WithersJake SpavitalDETAILS
Texas TechKliff KingsburyMatt WellsDETAILS
UMassMark WhippleWalt BellDETAILS
Utah StateMatt WellsGary AndersenDETAILS
West VirginiaDana Holgorsen
Western KentuckyMike SanfordTyson HeltonDETAILS


December 9th

Mike MacIntyre hired as defensive coordinator at Mississippi

From SportsTalk Mississippi … Ole Miss has hired former Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre to be its next defensive coordinator, multiple sources told SportsTalk Mississippi. 

It is a three-year deal that will pay MacIntyre $1.5 million per year pending university approval, sources said. Macintyre went 30-44 in six seasons at Colorado and was fired in November. MacIntyre has a career record of 46-65 as a head coach. He went 16-21 in three seasons at San Jose State, including a 10-2 mark in 2012.

This will be MacIntyre’s second stint in Oxford after working first as a wide receivers coach and then defensive backs coach at Ole Miss from 1999-2002 under former head coach and current Duke coach David Cutcliffe. MacIntyre was named National Coach of the Year in 2016 after guiding the Buffaoles to a 10-4 record and a Pac 12 South Title. Colorado fired MacIntyre after finishing 5-7 in 2017 and then 5-6 in 2018.   He is owed a buyout of $10.3 million from Colorado. RebelGrove reported that the amount is not lowered by taking an assistant coach position.

Ole Miss fired Wesley McGriff a day after the 2018 campaign ended. The Rebels finished near the bottom of the FBS in all major defensive categories.

… Again, as to what is owed Mike MacIntyre by Colorado … 

From Football Scoop … SuperTalk Mississippi is reporting Mac’s deal is 3 years, $1.5 million per year. But, why??? Whatever Mac gets is simply a deduct from what Colorado would have had to pay him. Why would Ole Miss lean heavy here?

Upon further review…. we are told MacIntyre’s contract with Colorado is only subject to offset if he were to have been hired as a head coach in college or as an assistant or head coach in the league. Thus, this is all his money. Hey, good for him.

FBS Coaching update: 21 new head coaching positions; 16 filled

From Football Scoop … There have been 21 FBS changes as of Dec. 7, and 16 openings have been filled. Number of changes over the past seven seasons: 22 (2008), 23 (2009), 24 (2010), 28 (2011), 31 (2012), 20 (2013), 15 (2014) and 29 (2015), 21 (2016), 21 (2017).

Head over to The FBS Scoop Staff Tracker to see how their full-time staffs are taking shape.

Team2018 Coach2019 CoachTHE LATEST
AkronTerry BowdenDETAILS
Appalachian StateScott SatterfieldDETAILS
Bowling GreenMike JinksScot LoefflerDETAILS
Central MichiganJohn BonamegoJim McElwainDETAILS
CharlotteBrad LambertWill HealyDETAILS
ColoradoMike MacIntyreMel TuckerDETAILS
East CarolinaScottie MontgomeryMike HoustonDETAILS
Georgia TechPaul JohnsonGeoff CollinsDETAILS
KansasDavid BeatyLes MilesDETAILS
Kansas StateBill SnyderDETAILS
LibertyTurner GillHugh FreezeDETAILS
LouisvilleBobby PetrinoScott SatterfieldDETAILS
MarylandDJ DurkinMike LocksleyDETAILS
North CarolinaLarry FedoraMack BrownDETAILS
Ohio StateUrban MeyerRyan DayDETAILS
TempleGeoff CollinsDETAILS
Texas StateEverett WithersJake SpavitalDETAILS
Texas TechKliff KingsburyMatt WellsDETAILS
UMassMark WhippleWalt BellDETAILS
Utah StateMatt WellsDETAILS
Western KentuckyMike SanfordTyson HeltonDETAILS


December 4th

Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Klingbury signs on as offensive coordinator at USC

… So I guess “student body right” has officially been banished to the basement … 

Related … “After a disappointing 5-7 season, Kliff Kingsbury could be the jolt that the USC program badly needs” … from The Athletic

From CBS Sports … Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is set to join the coaching staff at USC as Clay Helton’s new offensive coordinator, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. It is the first major hire for Helton after a sweeping series of staff changes last week. of 247Sports reported last week that Kingsbury had “agreed in principle” to a deal with the Trojans.

Kingsbury, who was let go by Texas Tech on Nov. 25, has received plenty of interest from all across the football landscape — both college and the NFL — and his decision to join USC is a huge win for Helton. Kingsbury is still universally regarded as one of football’s brightest minds, and his offenses at Texas Tech reflected that. The Red Raiders typically ranked among the top three in the Big 12 in points per game under Kingsbury’s guidance. Even through injuries at quarterback, the 2018 Red Raiders scored 37.3 points per game. Texas Tech also routinely finished at or near the top of the Big 12 in total offense under Kingsbury, boasting the No. 1 offense nationally in 2016.

Despite his offensive acumen, Kingsbury was never able to make Texas Tech complete enough to compete for conference championships. He finished with a 35-40 record, and was eventually replaced by Utah State coach Matt Wells.

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Urban Meyer to retire; Ryan Day named next Ohio State head coach

… which takes care of any Ryan Day-to-Colorado speculation … 

From ESPN … Urban Meyer is retiring as Ohio State’s coach after the Rose Bowl, and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as head coach beginning Jan. 2, the school announced.

Meyer, who has coached Ohio State for the past seven seasons, will formally announce he’s stepping down at a 2 p.m. news conference in Columbus alongside Day and athletic director Gene Smith. The 54-year-old has battled the effects of an arachnoid cyst on his brain, which causes severe headaches, especially when under stress. The cyst was diagnosed in 1998 but worsened the past few years, and Meyer dropped to his knees on the sideline during an October game against Indiana and often looked distressed during games, rubbing his head and wincing.

Meyer repeatedly said he planned on coaching in 2019, but uncertainty remained, even after Meyer seemed to improve in recent weeks and Ohio State won the Big Ten championship in beating Northwestern on Saturday. Several Ohio State staff members told ESPN after the game that they noticed a positive change in Meyer the past two weeks. Smith denied a Football Scoop report last week that Meyer would not coach past the 2019 season and Day would take over as head coach. Meyer declined to comment when asked about the report.

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Football Scoop – 20 FBS coaching openings; 11 filled

From Football Scoop … There have been 20 FBS changes as of Dec. 4, and 11 openings have been filled. Number of changes over the past seven seasons: 22 (2008), 23 (2009), 24 (2010), 28 (2011), 31 (2012), 20 (2013), 15 (2014) and 29 (2015), 21 (2016), 21 (2017).

Head over to The Scoop Staff Tracker to see how their full-time staffs are taking shape.

Team2018 Coach2019 CoachTHE LATEST
AkronTerry BowdenDETAILS
Appalachian StateScott SatterfieldDETAILS
Bowling GreenMike JinksScot LoefflerDETAILS
Central MichiganJohn BonamegoJim McElwainDETAILS
CharlotteBrad LambertDETAILS
ColoradoMike MacIntyreDETAILS
East CarolinaScottie MontgomeryMike HoustonDETAILS
Georgia TechPaul JohnsonDETAILS
KansasDavid BeatyLes MilesDETAILS
Kansas StateBill SnyderDETAILS
LibertyTurner GillDETAILS
LouisvilleBobby PetrinoScott SatterfieldDETAILS
MarylandDJ DurkinDETAILS
North CarolinaLarry FedoraMack BrownDETAILS
Ohio StateUrban MeyerRyan DayDETAILS
Texas StateEverett WithersJake SpavitalDETAILS
Texas TechKliff KingsburyMatt WellsDETAILS
UMassMark WhippleWalt BellDETAILS
Utah StateMatt WellsDETAILS
Western KentuckyMike SanfordTyson HeltonDETAILS


December 3rd

Report: Louisville to hire Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield

From CBS Sports … The University of Louisville’s long search is over, as athletic director Vince Tyra chose Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield to be the Cardinals’ next head football coach, according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision.

A Tuesday 4:30 p.m. press conference has been scheduled to announce Satterfield as Bobby Petrino’s successor.

The University of Louisville Athletic Association has scheduled meetings starting at 4 p.m. The finance and budget committee is scheduled to meet, followed by the personnel committee at 4:10 and the board of directors at 4:20. The meetings will be at Cardinal Stadium.

Satterfield has been one of the top coaches in the Group of 5 conferences over the past four seasons, winning at least a share of the last three Sun Belt titles. Appalachian State beat Louisiana, 30-19, in the Sun Belt Championship on Saturday. The Mountaineers are 10-2, pushing their record to 51-24 in Satterfield’s six seasons.

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December 2nd

Bill Snyder makes it official – Retirement No. 2 from Kansas State

From ESPN … Bill Snyder, the Hall of Fame Kansas State coach who orchestrated one of the most improbable program turnarounds in college football history, announced his retirement Sunday afternoon.

Snyder, 79, went 215-117-1 over 27 seasons at Kansas State, including a 128-89-1 record in the Big 12, with two conference titles. The Wildcats, however, went just 5-7 this year and missed out on a bowl for just the fourth time since 1992 under Snyder.

“If I was not wanted and didn’t feel like I was having an impact on the lives of young people and my family wasn’t interested in me continuing, I certainly wouldn’t,” Snyder said last week when asked whether he would continue coaching.

The school said in a statement that Snyder would transition to a special ambassador role for the university.

Despite ending his career with a losing season, Snyder, who in 2015 became just the fourth active coach ever to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, will go down as one of college football’s greatest coaches for engineering the “Manhattan Miracle.”

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November 30th

Report: Bill Snyder stepping down at Kansas State

From Football Scoop … One of the developing situations that seems to draw attention every off season is will Bill Snyder come back for another season on the sidelines at Kansas State, or will the longtime head coach, who has twice resurrected the program in Manhattan, come back for another year at 79 years old?

Snyder and athletic director Gene Taylor were set to meet originally on Wednesday, but Snyder wanted some “more time,” according to a number of reports out of Manhattan. Taylor told the Wichita Eagle that he’s not sure when that sit down will happen, noting that he “can’t promise” it would happen today either, but did note during an interview on Monday that the meeting between him and Snyder will “definitely happen this week.”

One report from 247 states that “Snyder is likely to step down by the end of the week.” Several weeks backs we noted the building buzz within the profession that this would be Snyder’s final season.

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November 29th

Utah State head coach Matt Wells to take over at Texas Tech

From Football Scoop … Utah State head coach Matt Wells has agreed to become head coach at Texas Tech, sources told FootballScoop Thursday evening.

Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt made Wells a top priority early in the process, and multiple reports over the past 48 hours pointed toward Wells being the guy.

Sources said terms have been agreed to. We understand the Utah State administration is aware of Wells’ plans and sources tell FootballScoop Wells plans to inform his Utah State team this evening as well.

Earlier Thursday, FootballScoop reported what a Wells staff in Lubbock might look like. (and no, it does not include a mention of Darrin Chiaverini). 

Report: Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury to USC as offensive coordinator

From … TrojanInsider been told by a source close to the USC football program that former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Trojans. Though we haven’t not been able to confirm the specific details  through the USC athletic department, our source is very close to the situation.

TrojanInsider reported earlier this week that Kingsbury was the lead candidate to fill the vacated position within our coaching hot board.

The only coach remaining on staff who has been a significant offensive staff member influenced by the Pete Carroll, Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin eras is Clay Helton. Because of that we expect USC to wipe the slate clean with its last offensive philosophies and start with a fresh system. Kingsbury would provide that and also be a huge draw for recruits.

In fact, the father of one five-star prospect had a very positive statement about the potential hiring.

There have been several reports that former Texas Tech Head coach Kliff Klingbury has been on the USC campus, even a report USC is in the drivers seat to hire him.

But today there’s a report from a USC Annenberg student who actually saw Kingsbury with walking through the Trojans’ weight room with head football coach Clay Helton earlier this morning.

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Coaching carousel update: 16 FBS openings; six filled

From Football Scoop … There have been 14 FBS changes as of Nov. 28, and six openings have been filled. Number of changes over the past seven seasons: 22 (2008), 23 (2009), 24 (2010), 28 (2011), 31 (2012), 20 (2013), 15 (2014) and 29 (2015), 21 (2016), 21 (2017).

Team2018 Coach2019 Coach
Bowling GreenMike JinksScot Loeffler
Central MichiganJohn Bonamego
CharlotteBrad LambertMike Houston
ColoradoMike MacIntyre
ECUScottie Montgomery
Georgia TechPaul Johnson
KansasDavid BeatyLes Miles
LouisvilleBobby Petrino
MarylandDJ Durkin
North CarolinaLarry FedoraMack Brown
Texas StateEverett WithersJake Spavital
Texas TechKliff Kingsbury
UMassMark Whipple
Western KentuckyMike SanfordTyson Helton


November 28th

Kansas State athletic director preparing for “all scenarios” as to head coach Bill Snyder

… Note … For those who are fans of Jim Leavitt. When he signed on with Oregon, there was left in his contract a provision that there was to be no buyout necessary for Leavitt to leave, but for one team, and one team only, and that was Kansas State … 

From the Manhattan Mercury … Even before Gene Taylor became Kansas State’s athletics director, he knew there was a major decision looming on the horizon.

He knew when he took over in April 2017 that eventually he’d have to address Bill Snyder’s future as K-State’s head football coach.

And Taylor said he knew that decision would come “sooner rather than later” given Snyder’s age. Add on to that Snyder’s fight with cancer — which he beat last year — and Taylor said the discussion couldn’t be put on the backburner.

Now, the pair were to sit down Wednesday to review the season.

“We all know he’s not going to coach forever,” Taylor said of Snyder, who just completed his 27th season as head coach on Saturday. “So yeah, it’s something where I’ve been literally preparing for all scenarios from the minute I probably stepped on to campus.”

Taylor said he had not met with Snyder as of press time Wednesday afternoon. But one thing is certain: There will be far more dialogue this year than last.

“Last year we were celebrating the bowl win,” said Taylor, referring to the 35-17 Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA in Phoenix. “I was not in a rush because we obviously won the game, we were past the recruiting deadline, all that stuff. This year, because we’re not going to a bowl game, we do have the early signing date. Everybody kind of wanted the decision early, just because if there is going to be a new coach, we need to move forward. If not, we need to let our recruits know, our coaches know, etc. Both he and I agreed that we need to make a quicker process through his checklist this year than last year.”

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Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson retiring 

… Note … Perhaps a year or two too late for Mike MacIntyre, a Georgia Tech alumnus …

From CBS Sports … Paul Johnson has reportedly decided to retire after 11 seasons at Georgia Tech. Jeff Schultz of The Athletic confirms a report from radio host Bill Shanks that Johnson is retiring, ending a head coaching career that dates back to 1997 and has included success at both the FCS and FBS levels.

Johnson, 61, won 82 games as Georgia Tech’s coach and has a 189-98 record overall across his stops at Georgia Southern, Navy and his time with the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, second in the ACC Coastal and will head to its third bowl game in the last five years.

Georgia Tech won nine or more games four times under Johnson but has not done so since 2016. It has gone 12-11 over the last two seasons, including 9-7 in ACC play.

The best season of Johnson’s career was 2014, when the team went 11-3 and finished the season with a win against Dak Prescott and Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl. That Georgia Tech team beat Clemson and Georgia to close the regular season and landed in the top 10 of the final polls after the bowl win. Johnson was named ACC Coach of the Year for the third time, and it appeared as though the Yellow Jackets had re-established their staying power as one of the league powers through yet another round of expansion.

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November 27th

ESPN: Time for Bill Snyder to retire at KSU (and Leavitt take over?)

From ESPN … Bill Snyder stood stoic at field level in the northwest corner of the stadium that bears his name, watching prideful as some 120 Kansas State players took a victory lap on senior day, slapping hands with the fans who lasted more than three hours in the bitter cold to watch the Wildcats win for just the fifth time in 11 games.

The moment appeared fit for commemoration with a statue. Alas, the 79-year-old coach already has one of those here.

Snyder built Kansas State football. He is Kansas State football. Hired 30 years ago this Friday and credited with directing the greatest turnaround of a program in the history of the sport, he’s won 215 games at a place that managed two winning seasons in the 34 years before his arrival.

But is Snyder’s time finished?

The question looms large over K-State. Snyder in the past two years has battled throat cancer and watched his program slip. A week after that senior day win over Texas Tech, the Wildcats blew a 17-point lead Saturday night in the fourth quarter at Iowa State to finish 5-7 — their first losing regular season under Snyder since 2005, after which he stepped away for three seasons.

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USC shakeup includes former CU standout Ronnie Bradford

… Note … It would not bother me one bit if Ronnie Bradford returned to Boulder as part of the new CU coaching staff …

From Football Scoop … Tee Martin will not return as USC’s offensive coordinator, sources told FootballScoop Tuesday.

Additionally, sources told FootballScoop that defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford will not return to the staff.

The moves come as Clay Helton shakes up his staff after a 5-7 season that saw significant pressure upon USC’s administration to fire the head coach. USC AD Lynn Swann opted to retain Helton with the understanding significant changes will be made from 2018 to 2019.

Trojans defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze also announced Tuesday he will not return. Quarterbacks coach Bryan Ellis has also left to become the offensive coordinator on Tyson Helton’s staff at Western Kentucky, meaning four of Helton’s 10 assistant spots have now turned over.

Martin was stripped of play-calling duties mid-season as Helton looked to shake up the Trojans’ struggling offense.

“Tee and I have had conversations about this decision, and he was supportive,” Helton said at the time. “He has done a tremendous job here. He will stay involved with the offense as he remains the offensive coordinator, helps put together our practice and game plans, and serves as my offensive eyes during games.”

USC was 4-4 before the change and 1-3 after.

In changing quarterbacks from No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold to true freshman JT Daniels, USC slipped from 13th to 84th nationally in yards per play from 2017 to ’18.


November 26th

Former Texas (and North Carolina) head coach Mack Brown returning to Chapel Hill 

From CBS Sports … North Carolina and Mack Brown have reportedly agreed to terms on a deal that would bring the hall of fame coach back to for a second stint with the Tar Heels. 247Sports affiliate Inside Carolina is reporting that an announcement is expected Tuesday with Brown already beginning to assemble his coaching staff. The News & Observer has confirmed this report.

Brown won 69 games during his run as North Carolina coach from 1988-97, good for second in program history. After back-to-back top-10 finishes from 1996-97, Brown left to become coach at Texas. There he led the Longhorns to 158 wins and a national championship during a 16-year run that included nine straight 10-win seasons.

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Mike Leach not interested in returning to Texas Tech: “They didn’t pay me last time”

From the Seattle Times … Mike Leach has no interest in leaving Washington State for his former school, Texas Tech, despite a Sunday report from the Lubbock Avalanche Journal that claimed such a move would be attractive for the seventh-year Cougars coach.

Leach, in the last 24 hours, has told multiple reporters he wouldn’t be remotely interested in leaving Pullman for Lubbock, citing his frustration that Tech still hasn’t paid him for the 2009 football season, while also suggesting he’s perfectly content at WSU on the heels of a 10-win regular season.

“They didn’t pay me last time. And I’m happy here,” he said, according to ESPN’s Joel Anderson. “They haven’t paid me for 2009 and we won 9 games that year. And they haven’t won 9 games since.”

The coach doubled down, later telling Dennis Dodd of, “Why would I leave (Pullman)?”

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Current list of FBS coaching vacancies 

Related … “Chris Vannini’s College Football Coaching Tracker” … from The Athletic

From … There have been 12 FBS changes as of Nov. 25, 2018, and one opening has been filled. Number of changes over the past seven seasons: 22 (2008), 23 (2009), 24 (2010), 28 (2011), 31 (2012), 20 (2013), 15 (2014) and 29 (2015), 21 (2016), 21 (2017).

Team2018 Coach2019 Coach
Bowling GreenMike Jinks
Central MichiganJohn Bonamego
CharlotteBrad Lambert
ColoradoMike MacIntyre
KansasDavid BeatyLes Miles
LouisvilleBobby Petrino
MarylandDJ Durkin
North CarolinaLarry Fedora
Texas StateEverett Withers
Texas TechKliff Kingsbury
UMassMark Whipple
Western KentuckyMike Sanford



25 Replies to “Coaching Carousel”

  1. wow
    Klieman to K State. Can we get a comment from Leavitt? What happened with sonny boy? Whatever it was are the wildcat fans breathing a sigh of relief?

    1. What, 20+ openings for head coaches and Leavitt didn’t get one? Maybe he realized, at 63 or whatever, getting paid $1mill+ to be a coordinator, without the hassles of HC, ain’t bad? Maybe he interviewed, and wasn’t chosen? Is he biding his time to see if/when Cristobal gets fired, or moves on? Has he really alienated that many people? People who’ve done worse than he allegedly did continue to cycle through the coaching centrifuge. Interesting.

      Go Buffs

  2. Upon further review…. we are told MacIntyre’s contract with Colorado is only subject to offset if he were to have been hired as a head coach in college or as an assistant or head coach in the league. Thus, this is all his money. Hey, good for him.

    There are interesting opinions on what him taking a DC job means. based on the contract wording.
    So We will see eh?


    Note: Top two defensive genius dudes are now gone

  3. Wild thought: perhaps the delay in announcing Tucker was because RG wanted a double splash: Tucker at the top and Kingsbury for O coordinator? Pure low probabilty speculation but Kingsbury was on the market, CU has O problems, and he knows Chev and some of the players. If that is the case, there is no need to delay an announcement any longer.

  4. Why does everything the Buffs do have to be humiliating? Just announce Tucker or don’t. All the other schools seem to have no issues… Par for the course around here.

  5. Here’s the word on the grapevine:
    1. Day
    2. Long
    3. Lake
    4. Lupoi
    5. Leavitt
    6. Mason – If they swap one Vandy guy for another i’m done.

    1. Yup that was the list.

      No Tucker anywhere!!!!

      RG kept it a big secret.

      Did he offer any of those guys? Nope!

      Were they on the list? Yup. Were they scoped out by the search firm? Yup.

      Did he want any of those guys? Maybe.

      Who was the first choice? Only RG knows. Fact.


      Note: The leaks about Tucker were not from the Buff side.

      Note 2: Any publicity is good publicity. But these leaks were all good publicity but the negative nimbos didn’t see it that way? Right Pal?

  6. A funny thing happened in the wake of upgrading the coaching staff.

    Another decomitt. Makes 4 since November 18. There was one before that but he was a very soft commit anyway.

    Buffalo Up.

    Note: With the latest decommit there are now zero commits from Texas. Whoa………that ain’t good.

    Note 2: Some will be convinced the coaching change will hurt recruiting. Others understand that wacmac and his coaching staff and his teams performances, opened up the decommit door in say week 7

    Note 3: Coaches come and coaches go……………………….only the flatirons remain the same.

    1. Funny how you knew about the de-commit, even though you “Don’ subscribe to any of those sites”. Hmmm …
      Getting closer and closer to being put on a vacation from posting.
      Perhaps disclosing your name and your pick for coach would dissuade me (you can send the info to AZ or Eric, if you don’t trust me).

          1. Yur dancing Stu. You were wrong admit it.

            No I don’t follow all the recruits on twitter. But I do follow a couple of guys that do. And they ain’t the “pay for free news/opinion guys”


          2. I’m not wrong … nothing to admit.
            Just like no one can disprove that you don’t know who the new coach is, you can’t disprove my assertion that you get all of your information from Rivals and 247Sports websites.
            Can’t have it both ways, pal.

      1. Stu
        You can get some info including the 4th decommit on Rivals without paying. My choice for HC would be Leavitt but it doesnt seem like living in Manhattan KS is going to deter him. Maybe the wonderful environment of the Boulder campus has no effect on guys who see and dream only football. Leavitt agreeing to return would be delicious irony for me anyway.
        Shocked to see Mack Brown is still around. (I pay zero attention to football east of the Mississippi. That guy did the least with more than anyone else I can think of. I guess the “coaching carousel” rarely flips anyone off. It will be interesting to see where MM winds up. Hopefully he doesnt decide to coast on 10 million like I would and gets another HC job somewhere.

  7. The latest from 247 Sports:

    “247Sports Take: Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports is hearing that Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt has had conversations with representatives from Colorado and Texas Tech about their openings. Leavitt is lining up potential staff moves should he leave Eugene, where he’s been DC for two seasons.

    The 61-year-old Leavitt was South Florida’s head coach from the football program’s inception in 1997 through 2009. He has ties to both programs. Leavitt coached Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt when the two were at Kansas State and was extremely successful in two seasons as Colorado’s defensive coordinator.

    Keep an eye on whether Kansas State comes open, as well.”

    96Buff here: Loco season is upon us so who knows how accurate this is but I would love to see Leavitt in Boulder again prowling the sidelines. Stu, am I allowed to post this?

    1. 96Buff … it looks like this is from the front page of the 247Sports site, not the premium (BuffStampede) site.
      As long as it is free content, you can quote it, but we need to stay away from information available only to subscribers (we want to keep Adam at BuffStampede and Mike at Rivals employed!)

    2. Starts a slow clap and chant of “Leavitt…..Leavitt….Leavitt” that quickly escalates into an incoherent roar of approval if he comes to Boulder.

      Please…..Please ignore the nay-sayers. Leavitt is the type of crazy we need to revitalize this program.

      I have to come down on the side that VK doesn’t know nothing and just has hopes and dreams like the rest of us. It is taking too long if this is a done deal. New head coach is loosing recruits by delaying his signing. I think they took a run at Day and Day decided he would rather wait for an elite opportunity. Just pick Leavitt and lets get going!

  8. The Buffs offense has been crap for 6 years. (Probably Longer) Only constant is Mike. Flashing back a bit, for the last 6 years the Offense has always been sloppy, undisciplined, unimaginative, soft, weak, conservative, timid, scared, and pretty much a midland to less than good offense. Like the Head Coache(s) of the last 13. Unlucky 13. Holy kornholer. 13 killed the season. 13 years of bad luck (COACHING). 13 years of pain and agony. Mein Gott Stu, you should be all over the 13. You want me to write the column for you? Are ya gonna do it or did I miss it do to the earache of babble backdipping like a poor Cuban dance master.

    The 3 of the Mighty Buffs for the last 6 years. Mike, Adams, Bernardi.
    The 3 who were left of the WacMac coaching circus that waddled in from the West Coast.
    Now they are Gone Gone Gone. All of the three and them gone.
    Chev and adams were “Co-Disasters” leading the offense. Chev, oc, wr, recruit…..Adams, oc, ol, rungame…………..The only thing accomplished out of those 6 responsibility is perhaps a good recruiting class.. Roper. Nice talker. Like Mike, ( I would like to call him by his real first name, George, but that wold be confusing for sure.) talking all the time about what he did elsewhere.

    The D was much improved. Much. Was it the DC? Maybe. Not sure. Oh well.

    Buffs win……………..Mike is gone………………Buffs win

    Note: Is RG ever gonna make a frigging decision? Why is he dragging this out. It’s been ten days.
    Note 2: 4 (300) 24/7/365 Tough deal when you care.

    1. VK, Jeez Louise, don’t you have an indoor driving range somewhere in or near Boulder where you can pound some white balls and burn off a little of that frustration, depression, anger, disappointment, ……………whatever?

      I mean you already know who the coach is going to be so you should be happy. Sent that name to Stuart yet?

  9. Haven’t heard a peep from Mike. Hope he is doing well and doing his due diligence to save the Mighty Buffs a bundle of cash. He didn’t earn it now did he? Each one of those conference wins was worth $750,000. Actually more cause i am only looking at the 10,000,000 severance. Anyway bygones be bye.

    Some good looking opportunities on that list up there.

    Here are a few more he should look at:

    William and Mary
    Texas Southern
    Central Michigan

    And at least a dozen more.

    Now some of those schools won’t be paying millions of dollars per year, but anything helps to keep the bad money as low as possible.

    Besides it could be a very successful position at one of those schools…………meaning wins

    Okay go Buffs.

    Waiting to hear from ya mac. Earache wants to know who you really are…come out from behind those COY trophies

    1. College of William and Mary has a beautiful campus. Oldest public college in US chartered in 1693. Fielded their first football team in 1694 and it was coached by Bill Snyder. Good landing place for Mac.

  10. A note about the SEC Myth of Schedule:

    If the Pac-12 played only 8 conf games plus a cream puff in November, then Arizona, Colorado and USC would all be bowl eligible this season. Instead, only 7 of the 12 teams are bowl eligible (costs the PAC-12 money of playing in 3 additional bowls).

    Further, the weekend West Virginia lost to unranked Oklahoma State, and Ohio State survived unranked Maryland in overtime, Bama played The Citadel and Georgia played UMass. Think West Virginia or Ohio State would have had troubles with those teams? Nope. They’d be resting their starters in the second half of those defacto bye-weeks.

    If we are going to call it a college “playoff”, then we either need to drop the Pac-12 to 8 Conf games, or have the SEC move to 9 so everyone is having to run a similar distance. Otherwise this lie that the SEC is better than all the other Power-5 conferences just continues to the detriment of the other conferences wallets, including the PAC-12.

    1. Completely right. However, I think it’s unlikely the Pac12 will ever drop the 9 conference game schedule. Hopefully, at some point, strength of schedule actually hurts the SEC – and continues to do so – in their runs to the playoff. Their losing cash is likely the only thing that’ll change their formula.

      I would also love to see a tournament – or at least more crossover non-conference games – between the lower half of the Pac 12 and SEC, Big 10, ACC, etc. I’ve maintained for a long time that the Pac 12 is typically the deepest conference, top to bottom, than any other.

      Go Buffs.

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