Fisher DeBerry Why: Retired When: Dec. 15 Record: 169-109-1 in 23 seasons. Rap: Guided the Falcons to three conference championships but tenure ended with three consecutive losing seasons.
Hired:Troy Calhoun From: Houston Texans When: Dec. 22 Rap: Calhoun left the Denver Broncos' staff to join Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans this season. He graduated from Air Force in 1989 and is the first former Falcons player to coach the team.
Mike Shula Why: Fired; Hired as Jacksonville Jaguars QB coach When: Nov. 26 Record: 26-23 in four seasons. Rap: First-time coach went 10-2 in 2005 but couldn't beat Alabama's biggest rivals. The Tide lost all four games against Auburn and was 1-3 against Tennessee during Shula's tenure.
Hired:Nick Saban From: Miami Dolphins
When: Jan. 3
Rap: Saban returns to the college game after two years with the Dolphins. He already has a national championship in the SEC by winning the BCS title with LSU in 2003.
Dirk Koetter Why: Fired; Hired as Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator When: Nov. 26 Record: 40-33 in six seasons. Rap: Koetter led the Sun Devils to bowl games the last three seasons but went 21-28 in the Pac-10 and 0-12 against conference teams in California.
Hired: Dennis Erickson From: Idaho When: Dec. 11 Rap: Erickson returns to the Pac-10 for the first time since leaving Oregon State in 2002. He has a 149-64-1 collegiate record with Idaho, Oregon State, Miami, Washington State and Wyoming.
Bobby Ross Why: Retired When: Jan. 29 Record: 9-25 in three seasons. Rap: Ross never beat Navy in his tenure at Army and ended his career on a six-game losing streak.
Hired:Stan Brock From: Army
When: Jan. 29
Rap: Brock has spent the last three seasons as Army's offensive line coach.
Tom O'Brien Why: Hired as NC State head coach When: Dec. 8 Record: 75-45 in 10 seasons Rap: O'Brien's teams went to eight straight bowl games, winning six in a row before this year's Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Hired: Jeff Jagodzinski From: Green Bay Packers
When: Dec. 19
Rap: The Packers offensive coordinator spent 14 seasons as a college coach, including a stint as Boston College's offensive coordinator from 1997-98.
Brian Kelly Why: Hired as Cincinnati head coach When: Dec. 4 Record: 19-16 in three seasons Rap: Led the Central Michigan to its first MAC title since 1994.
Hired:Butch Jones From: West Virginia
When: Jan. 5
Rap: The Mountaineers receivers coach spent seven seasons as an assistant for Central Michigan before leaving for Morgantown in 2005.
Mark Dantonio Why: Hired as Michigan State head coach When: Nov. 27 Record: 18-17 in three seasons Rap: Former Spartans and Ohio State assistant took the Bearcats to two bowls in three seasons.
Hired:Brian Kelly From: Central Michigan When: Dec. 4 Rap: Won two Division II national titles at Grand Valley State before leading the Chippewas to the MAC championship in 2006.
Don Strock Why: Resigned When: Nov. 15 Record: 15-38 in five seasons. Rap: Led the program into Division I-A in 2002, but this season has been a struggle with an 0-11 record and an ugly on-field brawl at Miami.
Hired:Mario Cristobal From: Miami
When: Dec. 19
Rap: The Hurricanes offensive line coach comes to FIU with a reputation as a tireless recruiter during his time as an assistant at Miami and Rutgers.
Dennis Erickson Why: Hired as Arizona State head coach When: Dec. 11 Record: 4-8 in one season. Rap: Erickson's return to Idaho was short-lived as he left the Vandals after one year for Arizona State.
Hired:Robb Akey From: Washington State
When: Dec. 20
Rap: Akey has servied as an assistant at Washington State since 1998 before taking his first head coaching job.
Dan McCarney Why: Resigned; Hired at South Florida as DL coach When: Nov. 8 Record: 56-85 in 12 seasons. Rap: Cyclones went 2-10 in 2003 before falling one game short of the Big 12 title game in the last two seasons. Finished this season 4-8 and 1-7 in the Big 12.
Hired:Gene Chizik From: Texas When: Nov. 27 Rap: Chizik's defense at Texas won the national championship in 2005. As Auburn's defensive coordinator, he won the Broyles Award and went 13-0 in 2004.
Jack Bicknell Why: Fired; Hired as Texas Tech OL coach When: Dec. 4 Record: 42-53 in eight seasons Rap: Louisiana Tech finished the 2006 season with a 3-10 record.
Hired: Derek Dooley From: Miami Dolphins When: Dec. 17 Rap: The Dolphins tight ends coach and son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley worked under Nick Saban for the last seven seasons at LSU and Miami.
Bobby Petrino Why: Hired as Atlanta Falcons head coach When: Jan. 7 Record: 41-9 in four seasons at Louisville. Rap: Petrino oversaw Louisville's transition from Conference USA member to Big East champion and national title contender.
Hired:Steve Kragthorpe From: Tulsa
When: Jan. 9
Rap: Went 29-22 in four seasons at Tulsa and won the Conference USA title in the Golden Hurricane's first year in the league in 2005.
Larry Coker Why: Fired When: Nov. 24 Record: 59-15 in six seasons. Rap: A national championship in year one wasn't enough to earn him a reprieve from 12 losses in the last three seasons, including 6-6 this year.
Hired:Randy Shannon From: Miami When: Dec. 8 Rap: The former Miami linebacker had been the Hurricanes defensive coordinator since 2001. He was Rivals.com's National Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2005.
John L. Smith Why: Fired When: Nov. 1 Record: 22-26 in four seasons. Rap: Started 8-5 but missed a bowl game in last three seasons in part because of frustrating collapses and inconsistency.
Hired:Mark Dantonio From: Cincinnati When: Nov. 26 Rap: Michigan State assistant under Nick Saban and Bobby Williams from 1995-2000, also defensive coordinator under Jim Tressel at Ohio State.
Glen Mason Why: Fired When: Dec. 31 Record: 64-57 in 10 seasons at Minnesota. Rap: A 6-7 season capped by a 44-41 overtime loss to Texas Tech in the Insight Bowl after the Gophers led 38-7 midway through the third quarter was Mason's undoing.
Hired:Tim Brewster From: Denver Broncos
When: Jan. 17
Rap: Brewster spent time as a key recruiter on Mack Brown's coaching staffs at North Carolina and Texas.
Chuck Amato Why: Fired; Hired as Florida State LB coach When: Nov. 26 Record: 49-37 in seven seasons. Rap: Among the Wolfpack's nine defeats in 2006 were losses to North Carolina and non-BCS foes Akron, Southern Miss and East Carolina. Went 25-31 in the ACC.
Hired:Tom O'Brien From: Boston College When: Dec. 8 Record: 75-45 in 10 seasons Rap: O'Brien's move to NC State marks the first time since 1956 a coach has left one ACC school to coach at another the next year.
John Bunting Why: Fired When: Oct. 23 Record: 27-45 in six seasons. Rap: The Tar Heels played in only one bowl game since going 8-5 in Bunting's first season in 2001.
Hired:Butch Davis From: Did not coach in 2006 When: Nov. 13 Rap: The former Cleveland Browns and University of Miami coach returns to the coaching ranks after two seasons. He led the Hurricanes to three Big East titles in six seasons.
Darrell Dickey Why: Fired; Hired as Utah State offensive coordinator When: Nov. 8 Record: 42-64 in nine seasons. Rap: The Mean Green won four consecutive Sun Belt titles but were 2-9 last year before starting this season 2-7.
Hired:Todd Dodge From: Southlake (Texas) Carroll
When: Dec. 12
Rap: Was North Texas' offensive coordinator from 1992-93 before going 77-1 with two state titles at Southlake Carroll in Class 5A.
Todd Graham Why: Hired as Tulsa head coach When: Jan. 12 Record: 7-6 in one season at Rice Rap: Graham took Rice to its first bowl game in 45 years.
Hired:David Bailiff From: Texas State
When: Jan. 19
Rap: Bailiff won one Southland Conference title in three seasons at Division I-AA Texas State.
Walt Harris Why: Fired When: Dec. 4 Record: 6-17 in two seasons. Rap: Stanford had its worst season since finishing 0-10 in 1960 in the second season under Harris.
Hired:Jim Harbaugh From: San Diego
When: Dec. 18
Rap: The former Michigan and NFL quarterback was 29-6 in three years at Division I-AA San Diego
Chris Scelfo Why: Fired When: Nov. 28 Record: 37-57 in eight seasons. Rap: Scelfo had only two winning seasons at Tulane, 2000 and 2002. The 2002 season ended with a 36-28 win over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl - the Green Wave's only bowl appearance
Hired:Bob Toledo From: New Mexico
When: Dec. 11
Rap: Toledo was 49-32 as UCLA's head coach from 1996-2002.
Steve Kragthorpe Why: Hired as Louisville head coach When: Jan. 9 Record: 29-22 in four seasons at Louisville Rap: Took Tulsa to three bowl games in four seasons; Won Conference USA title in 2005.
Hired:Todd Graham From: Rice
When: Jan. 12
Rap: The former Tulsa defensive coordinator turned a 1-10 Rice team in 2005 into a 7-6 team in 2006.
Watson Brown Why: Resigned; Hired as Tennessee Tech head coach When: Dec. 9 Record: 62-74 in 12 seasons. Rap: The Blazers lost their last six games to finish the season at 3-9.
Hired:Neil Callaway From: Georgia
When: Dec. 17
Rap: The former Alabama and Auburn assistant led the SEC's leading scoring offense in 2002 and the league's No. 2 scoring offense in 2005.