Two new head coaching positions have opened in college football this year thanks to Sonny Dykes, who left Louisiana Tech to take the Cal head coaching job, and Butch Jones, who left Cincinnati to accept the Tennessee head coaching position.
The college football coaches’ silly season is in full throttle now, which has become increasingly apparent by the headlines of the last forty-eight hours. In that time, four FBS schools have had their head coaches bolt for other positions: Arkansas State, Kent State, Temple, and Wisconsin.
Those in charge at Purdue decided to end the Danny Hope era in West Lafayette in its fourth year, firing the former Joe Tiller assistant one day after the Boilermakers ended the season on a three-game winning streak and guaranteed themselves their second consecutive bowl game, the first time the team will go to a bowl game in back-to-back season since 2003 and 2004.
Hope, a former head coach at Eastern Kentucky from 2003 to 2007, posted a 22-27 record in his time as Boilermakers head coach with the highlight being last season, when Purdue went 7-6 and won its first bowl game since 2007. (more…)
In a move that most expected, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long announced on Saturday morning that John L. Smith will not return as Razorbacks head coach for the 2013 season.
Smith, who was hired in the spring following the firing of Bobby Petrino, had trouble living up to Razorbacks’ fans’ expectations for the season, leading a team that many expected to make a run for the national championship to a 4-8 record, the most losses the team has had in a single season since 1990.
Long said that the team will retain Smith, who has compiled a 136-93 career head coaching record with stints at Idaho, Utah State, Louisville, Michigan State, and Arkansas, as a consultant for the remainder of his ten-month contract, which expires in February of 2013.