Rivals.com 2008-09 Coaching Carousel

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Old coach: Stan Brock. Dismissed Dec. 11.
New coach: Rich Ellerson.
The buzz: Ellerson grew up around Black Knights football and is leaving his coaching job at Cal Poly to come to a place he knows well. His father and two brothers graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, where brother John led the 1962 team to a 6-4 record. And he's worked before with former Army coaches known for running successful schemes on both sides of the ball. Complete coverage
Old coach: Tommy Tuberville. Dismissed Dec. 3.
New coach: Gene Chizik.
The buzz: Chizik was defensive coordinator at Auburn from 2002-04 before moving on to Texas, where he helped the Longhorns win the 2005 national title. He spent the past two seasons as coach at Iowa State, and the Cyclones went 5-19 under his watch, including 2-10 this season. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs appears to have gone out on a limb with this hire.Complete coverage
Ball State
Old coach: Brady Hoke. Left for San Diego State on Dec. 15..
New coach: Stan Parrish.
The buzz: Ball State officials didn't waste any time after Hoke left in promoting Parrish, who had been the Cardinals' offensive coordinator. Parrish, 62, has been head coach at Marshall and Kansas State. In fact, Parrish preceded Bill Snyder in Snyder's first stint at K-State. It will be interesting to see how many assistants go with Hoke and how many stay.
Boston College
Old coach: Jeff Jagodzinski. Fired Jan. 7.
New coach: Frank Spaziani
The buzz: Jagodzinski was fired after interviewing with the New York Jets without informing the athletic department. Spaziani is getting his first head coaching job after spending 12 seasons as a Boston College assistant, including 10 as defensive coordinator.
Bowling Green
Old coach: Gregg Brandon. Dismissed Nov. 30.
New coach: Dave Clawson.
The buzz: Clawson spent the 2008 season as Tennessee's offensive coordinator but was let go when new coach Lane Kiffin was hired. He had been coach at Richmond for four seasons before moving on to the Vols; he also has been coach at Fordham, like Richmond a FCS (i.e., Division I-AA) program. He is a spread offensive proponent, and Bowling Green already used that offense.
Old coach: Tommy Bowden. Dismissed Oct. 13.
New coach: Dabo Swinney.
The buzz: Swinney was the Tigers' interim coach and got the permanent job after guiding the Tigers to a bowl game. This will be his first head-coaching job; he hasn't even been a coordinator. Complete coverage
Eastern Michigan
Old coach: Jeff Genyk. Dismissed Nov. 24.
New coach: Ron English.
The buzz: EMU is one of the toughest places in the nation to win. Historically, it has been a bad program in a lower-level league.
Iowa State
Old coach: Gene Chizik. Hired at Auburn Dec. 13.
New coach: Paul Rhoads.
The buzz: Rhoads, who has never been a head coach, was the defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh from 2000-07. He was also an assistant with the Cyclones under Dan McCarney from 1995-99.Complete coverage
Kansas State
Old coach: Ron Prince. Dismissed Nov. 5.
New coach: Bill Snyder.
The buzz: Snyder was K-State's coach from 1989-2005, amassing a 136-68-1 (.666) record with the Wildcats. Snyder led K-State to 11 straight bowl games and captured the Big 12 Conference championship in 2003 but suffered through losing seasons in 2004 and 2005. In addition, Snyder is 69.Complete coverage
Miami University
Old coach: Shane Montgomery. Resigned Nov. 29.
New coach: Mike Haywood.
The buzz: Miami struggled in Montgomery's four seasons, with the program bottoming out with a 2-10 record this season. It was Miami's third losing season in his tenure. He has an offensive background, but Miami wasn't that good on offense under his watch.
Mississippi State
Old coach: Sylvester Croom. Resigned Nov. 29.
New coach: Dan Mullen.
The buzz: Mullen had been offensive coordinator at Florida. Now in his first head coaching job, he'll take his high-octane brand of spread option offense to Starkville, where fans are starved for points and wins after losing seasons in seven of the last eight seasons. But it may take a while for Mullen to find the kind of athletes needed to run his offense, especially given the paucity of skill-position talwent on campus.Complete coverage
New Mexico
Old coach: Rocky Long. Resigned Nov. 17.
New coach: Mike Locksley.
The buzz: During his years as an assistant at Illinois, Florida and Maryland, Locksley learned recruiting is "a people-driven business" that requires more emphasis on personalities than on bricks-and-mortar projects like stadiums or locker rooms. But his recruiting abilities will be tested at New Mexico, which enjoyed a nice run of success under Long.Complete coverage
New Mexico State
Old coach: Hal Mumme. Dismissed Dec. 1.
New coach: DeWayne Walker.
The buzz: Mumme's pass-happy offense produced some good stats for the Aggies but not many wins: New Mexico State was 11-38 under his watch. Mumme had one year left on a contract that was extended before the start of this season. This traditionally has been a program that struggles, but a quick turnaround is possible in the WAC. Complete coverage
Old coach: Mike Bellotti. Retired March 13.
New coach: Chip Kelly.
The buzz: Bellotti will become Oregon's athletic director after handing the program to Kelly, who was named coach-in-waiting in December.
Old coach: Joe Tiller.
New coach: Danny Hope.
The buzz: Hope was the Boilermakers' "coach-in-waiting" this season. Hope was Purdue's associate head coach this season, when he also oversaw the offensive line. Look for him to make a few staff changes this month. Complete coverage
San Diego State
Old coach: Chuck Long. Dismissed Nov. 23.
New coach: Brady Hoke.
The buzz: Long was just the latest coach to struggle at one of the country's most underachieving programs. He was fired after three seasons. Enter Hoke, a former Michigan assistant who led Ball State to a 12-1 record and a GMAC Bowl bid this season. Hoke and his new staff need a big-time infusion of talent. Hoke has spent his career in the Midwest, so look for him to hire some assistants familiar with California high schools and junior colleges.
Old coach: Greg Robinson. Dismissed Nov. 16.
New coach: Doug Marrone.
The buzz: Marrone, 44, had been the New Orleans Saints' offensive coordinator. He was an offensive lineman at Syracuse from 1983-85, and faces the daunting task of turning around a program that has endured seven consecutive losing seasons. Re-establishing Syracuse's recruiting base in the Northeast is Job One.Complete coverage
Old coach: Phillip Fulmer. Dismissed Nov. 3.
New coach: Lane Kiffin.
The buzz: Kiffin was coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders before being fired early this season. He is a former assistant under Pete Carroll at USC. Kiffin is young and energetic, and is considered a good recruiter. His dad, Monte, will leave the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be his son's defensive coordinator. Complete coverage
Old coach: Tom Amstutz. Dismissed Nov. 3.
New coach: Tim Beckman.
The buzz: Beckman had been defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State for the past two seasons and also served as a defensive assistant at Ohio State under Jim Tressel for two years before joining the Cowboys. Toledo enjoyed a long run of success before hitting the skids the past two seasons under Amstutz. Beckman's Ohio ties should help in recruiting.
Utah State
Old coach: Brent Guy. Dismissed Nov. 17.
New coach: Gary Andersen.
The buzz: Utah State is one of the toughest places to win consistently. Anderson had been defensive coordinator at Utah, but his new program is miles behind Utah and BYU in the college football pecking order. Still, Guy left the program in far better shape than he found it, and a quick turnaround for Andersen in the WAC is possible.
Old coach: Tyrone Willingham. Dismissed Oct. 27.
New coach: Steve Sarkisian.
The buzz: Washington used to be a Pac-10 power, but has fallen a long way this decade. School officials wanted to hire someone who exudes energy and passion, which has been missing from the program for a while. Enter Sarkisian, who had been offensive coordinator at USC. Sarkisian, 34, must greatly increase the Huskies' talent level.Complete coverage
Old coach: Joe Glenn. Dismissed Oct. 27.
New coach: Dave Christensen.
The buzz: Christensen had been offensive coordinator at Missouri and has overseen one of the nation's most potent units the past two seasons. He is a proponent of the spread and helped make Chase Daniel one of the nation's best quarterbacks. Wyoming has a fervent following, and Cowboys fans want to see a team that can score some points, which were sorely lacking the past two seasons.


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