Charting the 2012 Coaching Carousel

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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.

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*Retired
**Moving from FCS to FBS in 2013

Mario Cristobal’s name picking up steam in the coaching carousel

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With the sudden — and slimy — departure by Todd Graham from Pittsburgh to Arizona State, there are now two jobs open in Pennsylvania that, not too long ago, were considered premier gigs… or very close to being.

Pittsburgh has fallen off that upper echelon a bit, although it’s definitely still a good job; Penn State is dealing — and will deal for some time — with the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but the right guy can keep that program going strong.

Of course, therein lies the problem: finding the right guy.

But one name that has been a little low on the coaching carousel rumors, but could pick up momentum very soon, is Florida International coach Mario Cristobal.

On the Paul Finebaum show today, CBS’ Bruce Feldman echoed that sentiment.

“To me, Mario Christobal, with his personality, would make a good fit for Penn St.” Feldman said.

Cristobal has done an outstanding job building the FIU program from a one-win team in 2007 into one that will go to its second bowl game in a row. The W-L stats don’t reflect it, but Cristobal a tough, focused guy who could be just what Penn State needs to get through the toughest time in the program’s history.

Cristobal’s name has also been connected with the Pitt job, according to multiple media outlets in the area. The initial feeling is that Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads would be the first person Pitt AD Steve Pederson speaks to, but Cristobal may not be far down that list.

Even if Cristobal doesn’t get, or turns down (hey, you never know), either of those jobs, he should be a coach to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Charting the 2011 Coaching Carousel

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With the end of the regular season — for most schools — upon us, 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 not stop for another couple of months. Below is a chart that will be updated as warranted in order to keep you abreast of all of the moves made during the 2012 version of the Coaching Killing Fields.

Note: names will not be added until their dismissals/resignations/retirements have been confirmed by the respective schools. This will heretofore be known as the Zook Principle. Or “The Rule of Zook”, if you prefer.


* — retired
** — interim head coach
*** — moves to Div. 1-A from Div. 1-AA in 2012

COACHING CAROUSEL COMPLETED AT USC

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Pete Carroll has had a busy few weeks at USC.When he hasn’t been busy locking in another stellar recruiting class for the Trojans, or getting castigated for speaking his mind about outgoing quarterback Mark Sanchez, he’s been filling massive voids on his coaching staff, which look to be finally complete, after new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates replaced coach Carl Smith, who left the job he took with the Trojans for the Cleveland Browns, less than two weeks after agreeing with the Trojans.Replacing both coordinators (your offensive coordinator twice), finding a new defensive line coach, promoting your linebackers coach, cutting your Hawaiian vacation short to watch your starting quarterback leave school early, all before jetting out to the presidential inauguration?It’s no wonder that many consider Carroll the hardest working coach in America.He’s even found time to twitter about it.

Herm Edwards shows off fiery passion for coaching in introductory presser

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Arizona State’s hiring of Herm Edwards as head coach may not have been the kind of hire that speaks loudly in the coaching carousel compared to a number of other hires, but it’s a good thing Edwards is loud enough just by entering the room.

On Monday, Arizona State brought out Edwards to meet the Arizona State media, and he was already showing he is determined and ready to get to work in his new job. Edwards set the tone for the foundation of the program Arizona State is attempting to build and offered more than a few examples of how he still has the itch to coach. Knowing there are some questions about Arizona State’s to hire Edwards, Edwards responded by letting everyone know he has never really stopped being a coach despite being away from a sideline for years.

“Turn the TV on Wednesday. I’ll be back in studio in Bristol, and I’ll be coaching football by the way,” Edwards said, referring to his current job at ESPN as a studio football analyst. “That’s what I do. I coach football.”

“You don’t forget how to coach. They’re not bringing me here to play,” Edwards said. “I can’t play, although I’ll tell you I got one hit left.”

Edwards also delivered a message that he is ready to make Arizona State a destination for Pac-12 supremacy, and he has no time to hear about USC or Stanford or UCLA.

Edwards is no doubt a great inspirational and motivational speaker, and that is one reason Arizona State welcomed Edwards to the program. Edwards also got deep about the importance of the huddle, and he discussed it in terms of football and real life in a deep and provoking dialogue.

Time will tell if this hire works out for Arizona State, but there is no question Arizona State has a coach who is ready to go to work.