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College Coaching Carousel: Who's Going Where?

A game of musical chairs is underway in college football coaching — and you're in the front row.


Who’s In: Possibly Kirby Smart (Defensive Coordinator, Alabama)

Who’s Out: Mark Richt

What You Need to Know: “Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is the No. 1 choice of the Bulldogs according to multiple insiders at Georgia as well as a slew of non-Georgia folks in the coaching world. Getting Smart to leave Alabama for the head coaching position at Georgia is seen as a slam dunk by many, but there could be two potential hold ups to the deal getting completely done after the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.” – Dean Legge, Dawg Post


Who’s In: Bill Cubit (Interim Head, Illinois)

Who’s Out: Bill Cubit

What You Need to Know: “With no long-term athletic director in place, University leadership punted on the football decision -- a decision interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk called “not ideal” -- which may further set back the program in future seasons.” – Jeremy Werner, IlliniInquirer

Iowa State


Who’s In: Matt Campbell (Toledo)

Who’s Out: Paul Rhoads

What You Need to Know: “Campbell, who turned 36 on Sunday, is the second-youngest FBS head coach behind Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck. He became the head coach at Toledo in 2012 and went 35-15 during his four seasons there, including 9-2 this season.” – Alex Halsted, AllCyclones


Who’s In: Possibly Butch Davis (North Carolina: 2007-10) or Mark Richt. 

Who’s Out: Al Golden

What You Need to Know: Mark Richt, a former player at the University of Miami who backed up Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly in the early 1980's, is meeting with Miami officials on Tuesday to discuss their head coaching vacany, a source confirms to Scout. - Corey Bender, Scout.com


Who’s In: Unknown

Who’s Out: Gary Pinkel

What You Need to Know: “Pinkel and [AD Mack] Rhoades are discussing a role that would keep him associated with Mizzou Athletics once he steps away from coaching duties.

Pinkel’s decision is health-based, as he was diagnosed in May of 2015 with lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer of the blood.” – J.P. Rock, ShowMeMizzou


Who’s In: Unknown

Who’s out: Kyle Flood

What You Need to Know: There are currently 11 names on the Rutgers coaching hot board. The interest ranging from being high on ESPN’s Greg Schiano and Alabama’s OL coach Mario Cristobal to a less likely list of Houston’s current head coach Tom Herman and Tennessee Titans quarterback coach John McNulty. “Off the field issues returned to the spotlight with the top-to-bottom football investigation from outside council and played a key role in Flood’s dismissal.” - Sam Hellman, ScarletReport


Who’s In: Possibly Chris Ash (Defensive Coordinator, Ohio State)

Who’s out: Scott Shafer

What You Need to Know: There are a ton of option for this job after the departure of Scott Shafer. “Ash is the new name that has emerged and we are told could get an interview sooner rather than later. With [Scott] Frost reportedly taking the job at UCF, he could become the leading candidate.” - Michael McAllister, CuseNation

South Carolina

Who’s In: Unknown

Who’s out:  Shawn Elliott and Steve Spurrier

What You Need to Know: Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Houston head coach Tom Herman are at the top of the list for South Carolina. As of now there has not been a clear leader.



Who’s In: Clay Helton (Interim Head, USC)

Who’s Out: Steve Sarkisian

What You Need to Know: “Helton, who has been at USC since 2010, has a 6-2 Trojan coaching record.  He also served as Troy’s interim head coach in the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl, a victory over Fresno State.  At USC, he coached record-setting quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Cody Kessler.” – Ryan Abraham, USCFootball.com

Virginia Tech

Who’s In: Justin Fuente (University of Memphis)

Who’s Out: Frank Beamer

What You Need to Know: Fuente has replaced legendary coach Frank Beamer since Beamer announced his retirement after 29 years at VT. Fuente joins the Hokies after leading his Tigers to their first conference championship since 1971, and the most wins in Memphis history. Fuente was also named the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.


Who’s In: Possibly Mark Richt (Georgia)

Who’s Out: Mike London

What You Need to Know: "Virginia and Richt do have some history. Back in 2000 UVA highly considered the 55-year old for the job, however, Richt chose to head to Athens to coach the Bulldogs. Now the door seems to be open once again, with the Cavaliers very interested in securing the former Georgia coach. ” - Jacquie Franciulli, HooNation

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