Fired, resigned, retired: Looking at the FBS coaching changes in 2017
The coaching carousel is in motion in 2017.
Arizona fired Rich Rodriguez on Jan. 2, days after the Wildcats ended their season with a 7-6 record. That marks 20 coaching changes during and after the 2017 season. There are sure to be several more as the offseason continues.
There were 23 coaching changes in 2016, down from the 28 in 2015. Sporting News will track the coaching changes here throughout the 2017 season. Who's fired, resigned, retired and hired? Find out here.
1 Sean Kugler, UTEP
Resigned (Oct. 1): Sean Kugler resigned at UTEP after an 0-5 start. Kugler had an 18-36 record during his tenure with the Miners, which began in 2013.
Hired (Dec. 6): The Miners hired Kansas State offensive coordinator Dana Dimel as their next head coach. Dimel has served under Bill Snyder for the Wildcats the last nine seasons.
2 Gary Andersen, Oregon State
Resigned (Oct. 9): Andersen and Oregon State agreed to mutually part ways after the Beavers' 1-5 start to the 2017 season. Andersen went 7-23 in Corvallis. Cory Hall has been named interim coach with Andersen's resignation.
Hired (Nov. 30): Oregon State hires Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, 38, for the new position.
3 Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern
Fired (Oct. 22): Tyson Summers was fired after Georgia Southern's 0-6 start. Summers was 5-13 after being hired in 2016. Chad Lunsford will serve as the interim coach.
Hired (Nov. 27): Georgia Southern retained Chad Lunsford as head coach.
4 Jim McElwain, Florida
Resigned (Oct. 29): Jim McElwain and Florida agreed to part ways on Sunday. McElwain had a 22-12 record into his third season, but the regime unraveled quickly on and off the field in 2017.
Hired (Nov. 26): Florida hired Dan Mullen away from Mississippi State as head coach. Mullen served as Florida's offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer.
5 Butch Jones, Tennessee
Fired (Nov. 12): Tennessee let Jones go after five seasons. The Vols had a 4-6 record and were winless in SEC play after back-to-back nine-win seasons. Brady Hoke will serve as interim coach.
Hired (Dec. 7): Jeremy Pruitt comes over from hated rival Alabama to take over the program. Pruitt will coach the Tide's defense in its College Football Playoff semifinal game vs. Clemson.
6 Jim Mora, UCLA
Fired (Nov. 19): UCLA fired Jim Mora after five seasons. Mora had a 46-30 record over that stint, but UCLA fell to 5-6 this season and decided to move on.
Hired (Nov. 25): UCLA hired Chip Kelly on Saturday, Nov. 25 to replace Mora. The former Oregon coach coached the Ducks to four consecutive BCS bowls from 2009-12 and had a 46-7 record during that time.
7 Joey Jones, South Alabama
Resigned (Nov. 20): Jones resigned at South Alabama after six seasons. He compiled a 52-49 record, but the Jaguars fell to 4-7 at the time of his resignation.
Hired (Dec. 7): South Alabama hired Central Arkansas coach Steve Campbell to fill the position.
8 Paul Haynes, Kent State
Fired (Nov. 23): Kent State fired Paul Haynes after a 2-10 season. Haynes compiled a 14-45 record over five seasons with the Golden Flashes.
Hired (Dec. 21): Kent State hired Syracuse offensive coordinator Sean Lewis to fill the vacant position.
9 Bret Bielema, Arkansas
Fired (Nov. 24): Bielema was let go at Arkansas shortly after a 48-45 loss to Missouri. Bielema finished 29-34 in five seasons with the Razorbacks. Athletic director Jeff Long also was dismissed during the season.
Hired (Dec. 6): Arkansas hired SMU's Chad Morris to replace Bret Bielema.
10 Mike Riley, Nebraska
Fired (Nov. 25): Nebraska fired Mike Riley after three seasons. Riley compiled a 19-19 record over three seasons with the Huskers, including a 4-8 record this season.
Hired (Dec. 2): Nebraska brought Scott Frost home to take over the program after a dismal 4-8 season with Mike Riley.
11 Todd Graham, Arizona State
Fired (Nov. 26): Arizona State fired Todd Graham after six seasons. The Sun Devils finished 7-5 this season. Graham had a 46-31 record, but that includes an 18-19 record the last three seasons.
Hired (Dec. 3): Arizona State has brought in former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs coach Herm Edwards to head the program.
12 Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
Fired (Nov. 26): Kevin Sumlin was fired at Texas A&M, a move that was expected throughout the season. Sumlin had a 51-26 record, but the Aggies lost five games each of the past four seasons.
Hired (Dec. 1): Texas A&M lured Jimbo Fisher away from FSU.
13 Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
Resigned (Oct. 26): Mullen has left Mississippi State to become Florida's next coach. Mullen, a former offensive coordinator at Florida, compiled a 69-46 record at Mississippi State, becoming the Bulldogs' second-winningest coach in program history.
Hired (Nov. 28): Mississippi State hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, who helped revive the Nittany Lions' offense the last two seasons. Moorhead previously coached at Fordham.
14 David Bailiff, Rice
Fired (Nov. 27): Rice fired David Bailiff, who was the Owls' coach since 2007. Bailiff had a 78-95 record but took Rice to four bowl appearances.
Hired (Dec. 5): Rice hired Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren as its next head coach.
15 Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
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Hired (Dec. 5): Florida State hired Willie Taggart away from Oregon to replace Fisher.
16 Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette
Fired (Dec. 3): The Ragin' Cajuns reportedly fired Hudspeth on Sunday after the team's 5-7 season. It was the team's third consecutive losing season and gave Hudspeth a 28-38 overall record over seven seasons.
Hired (Dec. 15): Louisiana-Lafayette hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier.
17 Scott Frost, UCF
Left (Dec. 2): Nebraska brought Scott Frost home to take over the program after a dismal 4-8 season with Mike Riley.
Hired (Dec. 5): The Knights brought in Missouri offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, who engineered Missouri's offensive turnaround in 2017.
18 Willie Taggart, Oregon
Resigned (Dec. 6): Taggart left Oregon to take the vacant job at Florida State. Taggart finished 7-5 in his only season with the Ducks.
Hired (Dec. 8): Oregon hired assistant coach Mario Cristobal, a former coach at FIU, to fill the vacant position.
19 Chad Morris, SMU
Left (Dec. 5): The third-year Mustangs has been hired as Arkansas' replacement for Bret Bielema.
Hired (Dec. 11): SMU hired former Cal coach Sonny Dykes to replace Morris.
20 Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
Fired (Jan. 2): Rodriguez was bought out after six seasons in charge of the Wildcats. He compiled a 43-35 overall record (7-6 in 2017) and a 3-2 bowl record. Arizona also announced Rodriguez was the subject of a university sexual harassment investigation that ended in late December. Arizona said the claims could not be substantiated, but the athletic department became aware of "information, both before and during the investigation, which caused it to be concerned with the direction and climate of the football program." Rodriguez denied the allegations.
Hired (Jan. 14): Sources have told Sporting News Arizona is close to hiring former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.