It could change next week. Or tomorrow. Or in the next hour.
While there's only one new head coach in the SEC with the hiring of Bobby Petrino at Arkansas (Houston Nutt isn't a new head coach; he just has a new job), SEC programs have hired nine new coordinators over the past two months, and both LSU and Arkansas still had openings for defensive coordinators as they entered the final week of recruiting.
By the time it's all over, eight of the SEC's programs will have at least one new coordinator, while 25 of the coordinator positions (Florida has co-defensive coordinators) in the SEC will be filled by 11 new offensive or defensive coordinators.
SEC East schools have to be enjoying the way the tilt-a-whirl is spinning in the SEC West: Two programs have new head coaches, while every program will have at least one new coordinator and some programs will have two new coordinators (
This is not a perfect timeline – more of a cause-and-effect exercise – so see if you can handle the ride without getting too dizzy:
--LSU DC Bo Pelini leaves to become the head coach at
--Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville takes stock of his offense and fires OC Al Borges. He replaces Borges with Troy OC Tony Franklin, who installs enough of the spread offense in just nine days to help
--Tuberville hires Pittsburgh DC Paul Rhoads to run
--Tennessee OC David Cutcliffe takes the head coaching job at Duke.
--Petrino takes over Nutt's spot at
--Spurrier replaces Nix with former Georgia DC and Atlanta Falcons linebackers coach Brian VanGorder. Three weeks later, VanGorder returns to the Falcons as defensive coordinator. Spurrier then hires Johnson away from
--Nutt finally hires an offensive coordinator, bringing in former Rebels' quarterback Kent Austin. Meanwhile,
As of Feb. 3, Petrino had not hired a new DC.
All of which leaves .... Vanderbilt as having the most stable coaching staff in the SEC, with head coach Bobby Johnson, OC Ted Cain and DC Bruce Fowler all entering their seventh season with the Commodores.
As Dizzy Dean used to say, "Who'd a thunk it?"
Richard Scott is a Birmingham-based sportswriter, author and Tiger Rag's SEC expert. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.