Fired, resigned, retired: Looking at the FBS coaching changes in 2019



Once again, the FBS coaching carousel has started its annual spin.

There have been 15 coaching changes in the FBS this season. The coaching carousel has seen 20 or more coaching changes each of the last four seasons. That included 27 in 2018, 20 in 2017, 23 in 2016 and 28 in 2015. With that, Sporting News will continue to track the coaching changes here throughout the 2019 season.

So: Who has resigned, retired or been fired?

  • Chris Ash, Rutgers

    Fired (Sept. 30): Rutgers fired Ash, in his fourth year in Piscataway, after a 52-0 shutout vs. No. 20 Michigan. It dropped the Scarlet Knights to 1-3 on the season and Ash to 8-40 for his tenure, which included winless Big Ten campaigns in 2016, ’18 and ’19.

    Hired (Nov. 30): Rutgers on Tuesday officially hiredformer Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano to resume control of theprogram. Schiano led the team from 2001-11, going 68-67 but leading the team to a top-10 ranking in 2006 and ’07.

  • Willie Taggart, Florida State

    Fired (Nov. 3): Florida State fired Taggart in just his second season in Tallahassee after a lackluster 27-10 loss to rival Miami. The loss dropped him to 9-12 for his career, which included an 0-3 mark against rivals Miami and Florida.

    Hired (Dec. 8):Florida State officially hired Mike Norvell after Memphis won the American Athletic Conference championship game. He had a 38-15 record at Memphis and should help re-energize Florida State’s offense.

  • Chad Morris, Arkansas

    Fired (Nov. 10): Arkansas fired Morris before he could finish his second season. The Razorbacks went 4-18 in his tenure, including winless in SEC play. The final straw was a 45-19 loss to Group of 5 opponent Western Kentucky.

  • Tony Sanchez, UNLV

    Fired (Nov. 22): UNLV fired Sanchez on Nov. 22, but allowed him to coach the final two games of the Rebels’ schedule. Those were a 38-35 win vs. San Jose State and a 33-30 overtime win vs. Nevada. His team went 4-8 in 2019, the fifth sub-.500 season for Sanchez, who went 20-40 in five seasons.

  • Barry Odom, Missouri

    Fired (Nov. 30): Missouri fired Odom on Saturday, a day after the Tigers’ 24-14 win against Arkansas. The win improved the Tigers to 6-6 this season and 25-25 under Odom. He coached the Tigers to two bowl games (losing both) but never won more than eight games in a season.

  • Frank Wilson, UTSA

    Fired (Dec. 1): UTSA fired Wilson at the conclusion of his fourth season in San Antonio, capping a tenure that saw him go 19-29. Wilson’s 2019 campaign featured a 4-8 record, capped by a 41-27 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Wilson managed just one winning season in four years, going 6-5 in 2017.

  • Charlie Strong, USF

    Fired (Dec. 1): USF reportedly fired Strong on Sunday following the Bulls’ 34-7 loss to Central Florida on Saturday. Strong went 37-21 in three seasons in Tampa, but that includes his first season in which he led USF to a 10-2 record. The Bulls went 7-6 in 2018 and 4-8 in 2019.

  • Steve Addazio, Boston College

    Fired (Dec. 1): Boston College fired Addazio on Sunday following the Eagles’ 26-19 win over Pitt. The Eagles finished the 2019 season 6-6, bringing Addazio’s overall record at Boston College to 44-44. Despite that record, he never finished better than .500 in the ACC and went 1-3 in bowl games.

    Hired (Dec. 11): Colorado State hired Addazio to be its new head coach, replacing Mike Bobo.

  • Matt Luke, Ole Miss

    Fired (Dec. 1): Luke is reportedly out after a 4-8 season that was punctuated by the Rebels’ embarrassing loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. Ole Miss kept going backward in Luke’s three seasons, from 6-6 in 2017 to 5-7 in 2018 to 4-8 this year. The Rebels were also 6-18 in SEC play during Luke’s tenure.

    Hired (Dec. 7):Kiffin is back in the Power 5 for his fifth stint as a head coach.The Rebels are 11-14 since Hugh Freeze resigned, but Kiffin has the ability to lift this team back into the upper half of the SEC West. We know it’s going to be fun to watch no matter what happens.

  • Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion

    Fired (Dec. 2): Old Dominion fired Wilder on Monday following the Monarchs’ 38-22 loss to Charlotte, which dropped them to 1-11 on the season. Wilder compiled a 31-42 record over six seasons, including a 10-3 campaign in 2016 in which the Monarchs won the Bahamas Bowl.

  • Chris Petersen, Washington

    Resigned (Dec. 2): Petersen announced his resignation from Washington on Monday following his team’s 31-13 win over rival Washington State (his sixth straight in the series). Petersen compiled a 54-26 record in Seattle, including three 10-plus-win campaigns from 2016-18. He led the Huskies to three straight New Year’s Day 6 bowls in those seasons as well, including a berth in the 2016 College Football Playoff. He will resign following Washington’s bowl game.

    Hired (Dec. 2): Washington announced Huskies defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will assume the role of head coach following Petersen’s resignation. Lake has served as an assistant at both the collegiate and NFL levels since 1999. He has been a part of Petersen’s staff since 2012 at both Boise State and Washington.

  • Mike Bobo, Colorado State

    Resigned (Dec. 4): Colorado State parted ways with Bobo, who had a 28-35 record over five seasons. The former Georgia offensive coordinator. He led the Rams to three seven-win seasons before the program slipped to 7-17 the last two seasons.

    Hired (Dec. 11): Former Boston College coach Steve Addazio will take over the Rams program. BC was mostly mediocre during Addazio’s seven seasons, with seven wins in five of those years and six wins in 2019.

  • Jeff Tedford, Fresno State

    Resigned (Dec. 6): The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reports Tedford will resign because of health reasons. Tedford took the job at Fresno State in 2017 and compiled a 26-14 record. The Bulldogs slipped to 4-8 this season. Tedford turned 58 in November.

  • Lane Kiffin, FAU

    Resigned (Dec. 7): Kiffin resigned from FAU after leading the Owls to a second Conference-USA championship in three seasons. Kiffin takes over at Ole Miss. Kiffin had a 26-13 record at FAU.

    Hired (Dec. 11): FAU turned to former Florida State coach Willie Taggart to succeed Kiffin. The Seminoles fired Taggart in November after just 21 games (9-12). Taggart certainly knows the state, having also coached at South Florida.

  • Mike Norvell, Memphis

    Resigned (Dec. 8): Norvell took the Florida State job. The 38-year-old was among the most coveted Group of 5 hires after a four-year stint with the Tigers that produced a 38-15 record. Memphis sent eight players to the NFL Draft the last four seasons, including four skill position players.





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