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.
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.
Chan Gailey Why: Fired; Hired as Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator
When: Nov. 26
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.
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
Ed Orgeron Why: Fired; Hired as New Orleans Saints defensive line coach
When: Nov. 24
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.
Karl Dorrell Why: Fired; Hired as Miami Dolphins wide receivers coach
When: Dec. 3
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.