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Charting the 2012 Coaching Carousel


With the end of the regular season fast approaching — I really wish someone would explain to me like I’m five years old where the hell the 2012 football season has gone — and with a handful of dismissals already executed, it means one very important thing for fans looking for a new direction for their football program: the spinning of the annual coaching carousel will begin in earnest and will not stop until the calendar has flipped from 2012 to 2013.

Below is a chart that will be updated as events warrant in order to keep you abreast of all of the moves made during the 2012-13 version of the Coaching Killing Fields.

One final note: names will not be added until their dismissals/resignations/retirements have been confirmed by the respective schools.  Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation in this matter.

Coaching Carousel 14

**Moving from FCS to FBS in 2013

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31 Responses to “Charting the 2012 Coaching Carousel”
  1. cometkazie says: Nov 18, 2012 3:37 PM

    Who said “Nice guys finish last?”

  2. cubsin2049 says: Nov 18, 2012 3:41 PM

    LANE KIFFIN in this box next.

    Please, please Notre Dame — put a whipping on them like they haven’t seen in a while.

  3. kcrobert10 says: Nov 18, 2012 4:02 PM

    I wish Missouri would add pinkel to the list. 11 yrs no national titles no conference titles. I’ll give him that we have be to 7 straight bowl games but are we striving for mediocrity or greatness. Let’s see some thinking outside the box in Columbia maybe gruden would be a good fit.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    kcrobert10 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 4:02 PM
    I wish Missouri would add pinkel to the list. 11 yrs no national titles no conference titles. I’ll give him that we have be to 7 straight bowl games but are we striving for mediocrity or greatness. Let’s see some thinking outside the box in Columbia maybe gruden would be a good fit.

    Has Missouri ever won a NC or even come close? Not in my lifetime. Lot of schools would kill to say they had been to 7 straight bowls. The country is littered with programs who fired longtime consistent coaches in search of something better and have ended up worse off than they were before they started-UT, Maryland, etc. Be careful what you wish for.

  5. kcrobert10 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:13 PM

    I say better to take a gamble and strive for greatness rather than keep on the road to mediocrity. You point out teams it didn’t work for but its has worked for others to like nd. I just belive that just like millionars take big risk and end up successful that mediocre teams need to take big risk to get somewhere special. Also the tigers made a run a the national championship in 07 with 2 losses to Oklahoma. They also made a run at one in 1960 loss to ku who was later found out to be cheating (using an ineligible player) to win. If you want pinkel to be your teams head coach there won’t be much crying in Missouri.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 18, 2012 5:28 PM

    Just last season much talk was that GA Bulldog Coach Mark Richt was under the gun. More patient heads prevailed and look where they are this season.

    I have not heard of any scandals or anything similar about Pinkel.

    With Kentucky, I wonder who they can hire to turn a program around there when the school has made a conscious decision to have a great basketball program but accepts a below level football team. Maybe the losses this season embarrassed and awakened some boosters and Board members and maybe they will now put the money and dedication into their football program that has been lacking for many years? I remain skeptical, but hoping.

    Maybe another coach or two should retire and/or take a sabatical away from coaching for a season or so.

  7. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:12 PM


    I hear what you’re saying believe me. I’m just saying that after taking such a “gamble” and coming up snake eyes, seeing your team relegated to even less than average for a while is not all it’s cracked up to be.

  8. pike573 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    There is no love for Pinkel in Columbia.

  9. smcgaels1997 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:34 PM

    Really Dooley??

  10. mdac1012 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:45 PM

    Even though its not official yet, might as well save time and just add Gene Chizik to the list.

  11. 1ncrev says: Nov 18, 2012 8:06 PM

    Gruden to VOLS; keep your paws off Cutcliffe. DUKE – BOWLING – Yes!

  12. truefootballinsight says: Nov 18, 2012 8:42 PM

    John L smith? Soon nuff

  13. iamjimmyjack says: Nov 18, 2012 8:50 PM

    OUT: Lane Kiffin
    IN: Jon Gruden

  14. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 18, 2012 9:47 PM

    This weekend I have been speaking to relatives who live in Knoxville, Lexington, Fayetteville AR, Moscow ID, and Kalamazoo Michigan… they tell me they have been aware of these decisions for many many weeks, and have also consulted with the presidents and Athletic Directors at their respective schools, who coincidentally were all groomsmen at my wedding to the lovely and gracious Mrs. Hound.

    Many phone calls are being made as I speak, and I can assure you that more phone calls will be made and I am standing by with my family to advise or assist in the search for new candidates, as we have of course been thinking about this for quite some time. Actually I anticipated every one of these situations, so I have given it more personal time probably than the athletic directors themselves and I have offered my services to help find suitable replacements for all of these displaced coaches, bless their hearts and my prayers are all with their families during this difficult time. LOL

  15. jimw81 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:52 PM

    i think Jon Gruden is waiting to see what happens in philadelphia with andy reid. Bill o’brien is interesting name that might jump back to pros if they situation comes along.

  16. mashoaf says: Nov 19, 2012 3:48 AM

    Mizzu is no ND. Be happy you have a winning coach or you’ll end up like Wazzu.

  17. dunnydunn22 says: Nov 19, 2012 10:28 AM

    Jim Grobe, Wake Forest – Gets paid over 2.2 million a year and is sinking the program faster than Bzdelik is sinking the basketball program. Wake’s whole Athletic Department needs a makeover FAST!!!

  18. deacfan11 says: Nov 19, 2012 11:24 AM

    I agree with DunnyDunn22. Jim Grobe has road the success of ACC Champions in 2006 too long. Since 2006, the Deacons have had 1 winning season in ACC play, and 2 winning seasons total. (Last one being in 2008.) With the $2.2 million he makes, the results are not there. However, the school seems to be accepting of mediocrity with the sports programs. Would be a good program for someone like Kingsbury to come in and lead.

  19. philjr2012 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:41 PM

    Gruden to USC PLEASE NO!!!!

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 19, 2012 1:54 PM


    You can’t have Kingsbury!! He’s ours!!

    Signed: Johnny Football.

  21. fuzzebear says: Nov 20, 2012 4:42 PM

    I wish Missouri would add pinkel to the list. 11 yrs no national titles no conference titles. I’ll give him that we have be to 7 straight bowl games but are we striving for mediocrity or greatness. Let’s see some thinking outside the box in Columbia maybe gruden would be a good fit.


    After getting kicked around by the top tier teams of the confrence and then losing to friggin Syracuse at home he should have been fired last Sunday. Syracuse….WTF???

  22. fuzzebear says: Nov 20, 2012 4:46 PM

    Stop with the Notre Dame talk. Al Notre Dame fans know in thier heart (even though some will never admit it) that they cannot beat the 6 teams 2-7 in the BCS standings and if they beat USC they will be embarrassed in the title game.

  23. rickchristel says: Nov 21, 2012 12:18 AM

    I would love to see gruden come to USC that would make USC a player again an not joke with kiffen

  24. pricecube says: Nov 25, 2012 2:41 AM

    I wish someone had told me as child to become a football coach. With the current nuclear arms race for top coaches these guy’s salaries seem to have no end in sight. Even a position coach can make a salary around .5 M +/- at the right program. That is insane. Kind of a sad statement considering the real income of average Americans is falling. Do not get me wrong… I love the game… but the obscene money spent on “bread and circuses” gives me pause sometimes.

  25. carolinajimbo says: Nov 25, 2012 7:03 PM

    Gruden won’t get back into coaching. It would destroy the myth and show what a fraud he is.

  26. John Taylor says: Nov 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    “Gruden won’t get back into coaching. It would destroy the myth and show what a fraud he is.”

    I’ve been running this site for nearly four years, and this might be my most favorite comment from a reader. Ever.

  27. cometkazie says: Nov 25, 2012 7:41 PM

    I think we ought to give Jimbo a prize or something.

    It gets to the quick and skewers a certain person perfectly.

  28. hor2012 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:17 AM

    I’m not really sad for the head coaches because for most of them they are going to get thier salaries anyway. But, for the asst I feel bad for them and thier families. To be without a job and right around the holidays isn’t something I’d want to be facing. Best of luck to all the asst that will be effected by this

  29. burgandy2260 says: Nov 26, 2012 10:21 AM

    I think if the Vol’s want to ever be considered a formidable part of the SEC again they need someone there who has a history. He may not have had the best headlines recently but the AD should be camping on Bobby Petrino’s front lawn. He knows the SEC, he knows what it takes and how to turn a program into a respected opponent. That’s what Tennessee needs to ever be considered part of the BIG BOYS CLUB!

  30. suprmous says: Nov 29, 2012 4:41 AM

    Mr. Means, and I use that term lightly. Have you any knowledge of how Saban did us at LSU? Any coach worth the type of $$ he gets isn’t worth 2 cents in torment when he’ll leave without as much as a kiss my ass or anything to take another job. His attitude with the media’s the same as it is now but when he was at LSU he thought he was beyond reproach. Pardon me but does that sound like what a coach teaching young men to possibly further their playing days into the pros is supposed to do? Not to mention what I’ve said earlier about his jerking up players on nationwide TV for the entire world to see. Is that right? I could go on and maybe Southernpatriots and gatorsnapper can help you understand things more than I can. All I know is Coach Miles has shown nothing but class since he’s been at LSU. He’s even gone beyond the call of duty where his players are concerned yet he hasn’t done anything to warrant an investigation as some others have. It irks me to no end to hear folks like you and others talk about Coach Miles when all you know is what you want to believe or presume as the truth without looking deeper into the situation. This man’s a hellva lot friendlier than Saban will ever be. He may be “strange” and mad as the Mad Hatter but he’s not going to sit back and act like a lot of others namely Saban. I’ve been in the presence of quite a few coaches over the years and there’s been a handful who’ve been worth the respect they get and some who feel they’re owed it whether they do or don’t. Coach Miles is a people’s person and I think that Southernpatriots and gatorsnapper will agree with me on this when I say Saban just doesn’t come close to being the fellow Coach Miles is. I’ve got to leave it at this or I’ll end up with more damage to myself than I care to. But just think before you talk about somebody you don’t know much if nothing about.

  31. John A. says: Dec 4, 2012 1:42 AM

    I know one thing you seem to know nothing about:

    Paragraph breaks.

    Use them. After all, they’re free.

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