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Houston Nutt
Why: Resigned; Hired as Ole Miss head coach
When: Nov. 26
Record: 75-48
Bobby Petrino
From: Atlanta Falcons (head coach)
When: Dec. 11
On Dec. 10, the Falcons lost to New Orleans 34-14, and hours later Petrino left the team with a 3-10 record to return to the college ranks. Petrino went 41-9 in four years at Louisville, coaching some of the highest-scoring teams in the country before leaving in January to join the Falcons.
Complete coverage: HawgSports.com

Guy Morriss
Why: Fired
When: Nov. 18
Record: 18-40
Art Briles
From: Houston (head coach)
When: Nov. 28
Briles is reported to receive a seven-year $1.8 million contract to try to turnaround the Baylor program. Bilres had only one losing season in five years at Houston.
Complete coverage: SicEmSports.com

Ted Roof
Why: Fired; Hired as Minnesota defensive coordinator
When: Nov. 26
Record: 6-45
David Cutcliffe
From: Tennessee (offensive coordinator)
When: Dec. 14
Cutcliffe boasted a 44-29 overall record while at Ole Miss, and has guided one of the nation's top offensive teams while at Tennessee. This year's Tennessee squad featured a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-rusher and 1,000-yard passer.
Complete coverage: DevilsIllustrated.com

Georgia Tech
Chan Gailey
Why: Fired; Hired as Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator
When: Nov. 26
Record: 44-32
Paul Johnson
From: Navy (head coach)
When: Dec. 7
Johnson said he will not coach Navy in its bowl game and also will not interfere with Jon Tenuta's preparation for Georgia Tech's bowl. Still, Johnson said he might watch the team practice.
Complete coverage: JacketsOnLine.com

Lloyd Carr
Why: Retired
When: Nov. 18
Record: 121-40
Rich Rodriguez
From: West Virginia (head coach)
When: Dec. 16
Michigan's month-long coaching search ended with Rich Rodriguez, who went 60-26 with four Big East titles in five seasons. Rodriguez brings his innovative spread offense with him to the traditional Michigan.
Complete coverage: TheWolverine.com

Ole Miss
Ed Orgeron
Why: Fired; Hired as New Orleans Saints defensive line coach
When: Nov. 24
Record: 10-25
Houston Nutt
From: Arkansas (head coach)
When: Nov. 27
Nutt led Arkansas to eight bowl games in 10 years and now will face the Razorbacks every year in the SEC Western Division.
Complete coverage: RebelSports.net

Bill Callahan
Why: Fired; Hired as assistant head coach for New York Jets
When: Nov. 24
Record: 27-22
Bo Pelini
From: LSU (defensive coordinator)
When: Dec. 2
Pelini was interim coach after Frank Solich was fired following the 2003 regular season, coaching the Huskers to an Alamo Bowl victory over Michigan State.
Complete coverage: HuskersIllustrated.com

Texas A&M
Dennis Franchione
Why: Resigned
When: Nov. 23
Record: 32-28
Mike Sherman
From: Houston Texans (offensive coordinator)
When: Nov. 26
Sherman was an assistant at Texas A&M in the 1990s before moving on to the NFL. First substantial move included bringing back Tim Cassidy, a long-time Aggie with essential football operations and recruiting acumen, who had bolted for Nebraska during the Fran regime.
Complete coverage: AggieYell.com

Karl Dorrell
Why: Fired; Hired as Miami Dolphins wide receivers coach
When: Dec. 3
Record: 35-27
Rick Neuheisel
From: Baltimore Ravens (offensive coordinator)
When: Dec. 29
Neuheisel, a quarterback who was the MVP in UCLA's 1984 Rose Bowl victory and later served as a Bruins assistant under Terry Donahue, was hired Dec. 29 as his alma mater's 16th coach. His five-year contract is for $1.25 million annually, plus incentives.
Complete coverage: BruinBlitz.com

Washington State
Bill Doba
Why: Fired
When: Nov. 26
Record: 30-29
Paul Wulff
From: Eastern Washington (head coach)
When: Dec. 11
The Washington State alum was named Big Sky Coach of the Year three times in eight seasons at Eastern Washington.
Complete coverage: CougZone.com

West Virginia
Rich Rodriguez
Why: Hired as Michigan head coach
When: Dec. 16
Record: 60-26
Bill Stewart
From: Promoted from associate head coach
When: Jan. 3
West Virginia announced that the interim tag would be dropped from Stewart's title after the Mountaineers routed Oklahoma, 48-28, in the Fiesta Bowl.
Complete coverage: WVSports.com
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Colorado State
Sonny Lubick
Why: Will not return
When: Nov. 27
Record: 108-74
Steve Fairchild
From: Buffalo Bills (offensive coordinator)
When: Dec. 12
Fairchild played his college ball for the Rams and served as offensive coordinator under Lubick from 1997-2000.
Complete coverage: GoldandGreenNews.com

June Jones
Why: Hired as SMU head coach
When: Jan. 7
Record: 7641
Greg McMackin
From: Promoted from defensive coordinator
When: Jan. 16
The former NFL assistant says Hawaii will not change its wide-open offense even though June Jones is gone. McMackin last served as a head coach at Oregon Tech from 1986-89

Art Briles
Why: Hired as Baylor head coach
When: Nov. 28
Record: 34-28
Kevin Sumlin
From: Oklahoma (co-offensive coordinator)
When: Dec. 13
Worked with Oklahoma's receivers and recruited the Houston area for the Sooners.
Complete coverage: CougarsDen.com

Paul Johnson
Why: Hired as Georgia Tech head coach
When: Dec. 7
Record: 45-29
Ken Niumatalolo
From: Promoted from assistant head coach and offensive line coach
When: Dec. 8
The 42-year-old Niumatalolo, who's of Samoan descent but was born and raised in Hawaii, is believed to be the first Polynesian head coach in NCAA history.

Northern Illinois
Joe Novak
Why: Retired
When: Nov. 26
Record: 63-75
Jerry Kill
From: Southern Illinois (head coach)
When: Dec. 13
Kill was 56-32 in seven seasons at Southern Illinois.

Southern Miss
Jeff Bower
Why: Resigned
When: Nov. 26
Record: 119-82-1
Larry Fedora
From: Oklahoma State (offensive coordinator)
When: Dec. 12
Fedora directed the nation's ninth-ranked offense at Oklahoma State this season.
Complete coverage: EagleTalk.net

Phil Bennett
Why: Fired; Hired as Pittsburgh defensive coordinator
When: Oct. 28
Record: 18-48
June Jones
From: Hawaii (head coach)
When: Jan. 7
Jones took Hawaii to the Sugar Bowl after an unbeaten regular season and now seeks to take SMU back to a bowl game.
Complete coverage: MustangManiacs.com


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