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Posted by on December 14th, 2011 in blog, CFF Features, Jeff Siverhus | 3 Comments

We still have the excitement and drama of the Bowls yet to be played out, however this hasn’t stopped the onslaught of off season coaching changes. This year there is an unusually high number of coaching vacancies. These vacancies have been brought on by either a school firing the existing HC and deciding to start fresh or an existing coach moving on to apparent “greener pastures”. We have included the entire list below, however I will focus in on some of the more high profile and interesting changes and offer my opinion. As always feel free to offer your opinion in the “comments” section below.

O.S.U. Urban Meyer- Who didn’t see this one coming… It is my opinion that Urban will be able to succeed and lead OSU to many Big10/12 Championships. Whether he is able to dethrone the SEC in the big games is yet to be determined. He has already confiscated his former recruiting coordinator from UF and is building a top notch staff. I am however completely opposed to the “free pass” that NCAA granted allowing him and staff to continue recruiting while current staff prepares for bowl game.

Kansas Charlie Weis- I really don’t know what KU was thinking. I have never understood the fascination with Weis. He under achieved at Notre Dame and wasn’t able to do anything with a talent rich UF offense. Although I can imagine the restaurants in Lawrence, Kansas are excited about their new coach.

Washington State Mike Leach- GREAT HIRE. After getting shafted and ran out of town on a Craig James rail at Texas Tech, someone finally picked Leach up. My only question is, what took so long? Leach turned TT into a Big12 team of relevance in a few short years and my prediction is he will do the same for the Cougars.

UCLA Jim Mora- I am still left speechless on this one…. I could be proven wrong on this, however I believe this is a train wreck in the making.

Ole Miss Hugh Freeze- Honestly, this one intrigues me. I really don’t know much about Freeze, except for his recent success at Ark. State. I do believe he can succeed at Ole Miss. This school has great facilities and some deep pocket donors, however he will be competing against the SEC West.. need I say more.

Arkansas State Gus Malzahn- I just couldn’t leave this one out. I actually believe this was a great move for Gus. He was the hottest OC on the planet this time last year and rumored to be taking some high profile jobs. Auburn ponied up a rich new contract and he stayed another year at AU. Since that time much has changed. Without Cam Newton he didn’t seem quite so brilliant, also the PR nightmare created by his wife’s now famous appearance at a Christian Leadership Conference probably didn’t help either. We have a previous article highlighting his wife, unfortunately you can no longer view this video, apparently someone fought hard to remove this video from youtube, for obvious reasons. However, at smaller Ark. State, I do believe that Malzahn will succeed, this job will give him good HC experiencing for a stepping stone into a higher profile job in a few years. Will Muschamp would have been wise to do the same.


Akron Rob Ianello  
Arkansas State Hugh Freeze Gus Malzahn
Arizona Mike Stoops Rich Rodriguez
Arizona State Dennis Erickson  
Colorado State Steve Fairchild Jim McElwain
FAU Howard Schnellenberger Carl Pelini
Fresno State Pat Hill  
Hawaii Greg McMackin  
Houston Kevin Sumlin  
Illinois Ron Zook Tim Beckman
Kansas Turner Gill Charlie Weis
Memphis Larry Porter Justin Fuente
New Mexico Mike Locksley Bob Davie
North Carolina Butch Davis Larry Fedora
Ohio State Jim Tressel Urban Meyer
Ole Miss Houston Nutt Hugh Freeze
Penn State Joe Paterno  
Southern Miss Larry Fedora  
Texas A&M Mike Sherman Kevin Sumlin
Toledo Tim Beckman Matt Campbell
Tulane Bob Toledo Curtis Johnson
UAB Neil Callaway Garrick McGee
UCLA Rick Neuheisel Jim Mora, Jr.
UMass Kevin Morris Charley Molnar
Washington State Paul Wulff Mike Leach


3 Comments for this entry

  1. BuLLdawg says:

    I agree. Gus Malzahn made a great move to Arkansas State, who in the Sun Belt, has 10-Win Season written all over it for 2012. He gets back 2 top-notch running backs next year. He has a Senior QB returning for him next year. He gets back 2 Seniors as Wide Receivers who are also top-drawer. He gets back a Junior next year as Kicker who is doing well also. He does lose 3 of his top players on Defense, but somehow I am not sure Gus Malzahn cares much about that, and he does get back some freshman stars on Defense last year.

    What do you want as a head coach ?

    I’d say that pretty much sums it up for the team ranked 3 28 in the latest AP Poll, Arkansas State. They have a top 25 offense and nearly a top 25 defense, and play a schedule even easier than our own.

    Gus Malzahn, good move for him and good move on the part of Arkansas State. Don’t be surprised to see some of the kids want to go to Arkansas State and find themselves in the top 25 news all season 2012 coming up. By the way, I have them covering in the last college football game of the year this season, just before Alabama and LSU the night before – warm up. Northern Illinois of the MAC is also listed in the latest AP Poll at # 31, which is more than can be said for Auburn.

    • JS says:

      One has to wonder what is going on at AU. Both coord. leave for lower prestige jobs, Dwyer suspended, etc.

      • BuLLdawg says:

        Yes, a tumultuous season for sure, JS. National Championship 1 year, won 8 games against teams who finished in the top 25 and 3 of whom ended in the top 10. Next year, beat South Carolina and lost to everyone else 5 losses already before Peach Bowl. Their NCAA Total Offense # 104. Their NCAA Total Defense # 78 and 7-5 record, looking dreadfully close to being 7-6 frankly after Peach Bowl in December no less. How does an offense look so good one year, and # 104 of 120 teams the next ? Obviously Michael Dyer has a lot of items on his agenda to complete before Gene Chizik will allow him back on the team. Gus Malzahn cannot be real happy about what numbers his offense had this season.

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