January 19, 2010

Coordinator carousel spins on into offseason

The coaching carousel continues to swirl even though it's mid-January. That means the coordinator carousel is spinning, too.

More than a third of the 120 FBS schools -- 44 of them -- have changed at least one coordinator this offseason; 20 of those also have changed head coaches.

Of the 24 sitting coaches who had to make coordinator changes, some came about because their coordinator left to become a head coach (i.e., Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong to Louisville) and some came about because the coordinator left for what he thought was a better job (i.e., Houston offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen leaving to become the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State).

Houston's Kevin Sumlin is one of four sitting coaches who had to replace both coordinators, joining Florida International's Mario Cristobal, Illinois' Ron Zook and Nevada's Chris Ault.

Zook was the only Big Ten coach who changed coordinators this season. Conversely, four sitting coaches in the SEC -- Arkansas' Bobby Petrino (offensive), Florida's Urban Meyer (defensive), Georgia's Mark Richt (defensive) and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen (defensive) -- had to sift through resumes to find new coordinators; that's the highest number of any league.

Here is a complete look at this offseason's coordinator carousel.

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