These coaching moves leave Georgia's Mark Richt as the "Dean of Coaches" in the SEC; a term that is frequently used to describe the coach who has been in charge the longest at his current school. Fulmer had held the title before being bounced at Tennessee.
Fulmer coached at Tennessee for 17 seasons before being let go earlier this year. He has been replaced by Lane Kiffin, who before coming to Tennessee had a cup of tea as head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders and was previously USC's offensive coordinator.
Tommy Tuberville coached Auburn for ten seasons before being ousted (or resigning, if you believe the official line) yesterday, and had four years experience at Ole Miss for a total of 14 SEC head-coaching seasons.
The other coaching move in the SEC this season - at least so far - was Sylvester Croom leaving Mississippi State. Croom served five years at Mississippi State before his departure.
The chart below lists coaches in the order of longest tenure at one's current school. Also listed are the total number of years coached in the SEC; three current coaches - South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, Alabama's Nick Saban, and Ole Miss's Houston Nutt (and formerly Tuberville of Auburn - had previous stops in the SEC prior to the current job.
|Team||Coach||Seasons at School||Seasons in SEC|
|South Carolina||Steve Spurrier||4||16 (Florida)|
|Alabama||Nick Saban||2||7 (LSU)|
|Ole Miss||Houston Nutt||1||11 (Arkansas)|