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.
Western Michigan athletic director Kathy Beauregard announced today that the school has relieved head football coach Bill Cubit of his duties, one day after the Broncos finished the 2012 season with a 4-8 record.
Cubit, who took over as Broncos head coach in 2005 after a two year stint as Stanford offensive coordinator, posted a 51-47 record at Western Michigan and led the Broncos to three bowl games in his eight seasons as head coach.
Western Michigan experienced a great deal of success under Cubit’s leadership, but the team’s inability to make the most of their pre-season hype over the past few years—they were often picked to win the MAC West, which they never accomplished—along with the team’s 29-23 loss to an Eastern Michigan team that came into the game with a 1-9 record ultimately cost Cubit his job.
In my last article concerning college football head coaches, we looked at the negative side of the circle of life that defines the coaching profession as we took a look at the coaches whose résumés will more likely need to be updated once the upcoming season ends. Today we will look at the happier side of the coaching carousel that comes with college football and instead focus on the assistant and head coaches that may find themselves at a bigger school with a bigger contract next season. Here’s my list of the top ten coaches that have a chance to move up on the totem pole and where I see them landing. (more…)