A week after DeWayne Walker (left) stepped down to take a position with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New Mexico State promoted offensive coordinator Doug Martin (right) to head coach. Athletic director McKinley Boston said Friday that Martin got the job because he wanted to return to Las Cruces and had ''overwhelming support.'' Martin takes over a struggling program that has not appeared in a bowl game since 1960.
Idaho fired Robb Akey (left) on Oct. 21, one day after the Vandals gave up 839 yards in a 70-28 loss to Louisiana Tech and dropped to 1-7. Akey was 20-50 at Idaho since taking over in 2007. He had one winning season with the Vandals, going 8-5 in 2009. On Dec. 3, Idaho hired Arkansas assistant Paul Petrino (right) to replace Akey. Petrino, brother of former Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino, served as Arkansas offensive coordinator in 2012 and had coaching stops at Louisville and Illinois.
NC State Wolfpack
Tom O'Brien (left) had a 40-35 record in six seasons at NC State, including four bowl bids. But he never really got the Wolfpack out of the second tier of the Atlantic Coast Conference and was dismissed Nov. 25 after a 7-5 regular season. In a statement after his firing, O'Brien, 64, said he is looking forward to life after football. On Dec. 1, NC State hired Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren (right) to replace O'Brien. Less than 24 hours after winning the Mid-American Conference title game over Kent State, Doeren was named coach of the Wolfpack. He had served as an assistant coach at Kansas and Wisconsin before NIU, which will face Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
Kentucky fired Joker Phillips (left) on Nov. 4, a day after a 40-0 blowout loss to Vanderbilt. Phillips remained coach until the end of the season as the Wildcats finished 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the SEC. The 49-year-old coach was 13-24 overall in three seasons. On Nov. 27, Kentucky hired Florida State assistant Mark Stoops (right) to replace Phillips. Stoops, brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and OU co-defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, had served as defensive coordinator for the Seminoles since 2010.
Boston College Eagles
Frank Spaziani (left) was hired as head coach four seasons ago after a decade as Boston College's defensive coordinator. Despite having deep ties to the school, Spaziani was fired Nov. 25. In 2012, the Eagles went 2-10, only 1-7 in the ACC. On Dec. 4, Boston College hired Temple coach Steve Addazio (right) to replace Spaziani. Addazio, a former Urban Meyer assistant at Florida, recorded a 13–11 mark in two seasons with the Owls.
California Golden Bears
California fired Jeff Tedford (left) on Nov. 20 after his worst season in 11 years as coach of the Golden Bears. Tedford inherited a one-win team after the 2001 season and posted a school-record 82 victories. The Golden Bears lost their final five games this season, finishing 3-9 for their worst mark under Tedford. On Dec. 5, Cal hired Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes (right) to replace Tedford. Dykes had a record of 22–15 in three seasons with the Bulldogs and made previous assistant coaching stops at Kentucky and Texas Tech where his father, Spike Dykes, is a Red Raiders coaching legend.
Danny Hope (left) began his career at Purdue with promise, but that promise apparently didn't pan out. Despite winning the Old Oaken Bucket by beating Indiana a day earlier, and making the Boilermakers bowl-eligible for a second consecutive season, Hope was fired on Nov. 25. He was 22-27 in four seasons. On Dec. 5, Purdue hired Kent State coach Darrell Hazell (right) to replace Hope. Hazell, a former Ohio State assistant under Jim Tressel, helped the Golden Flashes to a 10-2 record in just his second season at the helm.
Auburn fired coach Gene Chizik (left) on Nov. 25 after a 3-9 season in 2012, only two years removed from a national title. Chizik went 33-19 in four seasons at Auburn, including a perfect 14-0 with Cam Newton as his championship quarterback in 2010. Chizik's dismissal came amid reports Auburn is under NCAA investigation for possible recruiting and academic violations. On Dec. 4, Auburn hired Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn (right) to replace Chizik. Malzahn had served as the Tigers' offensive coordinator during the 2010 season and should help kick-start Auburn's lackluster offense.
John L. Smith (left) served as interim head coach for one season after the Bobby Petrino mess but, on Nov. 24, was asked not to return as coach in 2013. Arkansas finished the season 4-8 (2-6 in the SEC) after a 20-13 loss to LSU. On Jan. 16, Smith was hired by Division II Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., a program coming off an 0-10 season. On Dec. 4, the Razorbacks hired Bret Bielema (right) away from Wisconsin, paying him $3.2 million annually for six years. Bielema led the Badgers to three straight Rose Bowl appearances and a 68–24 record during his seven seasons as coach.
Tennessee announced the firing of Derek Dooley on Sunday, Nov. 18. Dooley, 44, had a 15-21 record with the Volunteers that included an 0-15 mark against Top 25 teams. Dooley was 4-19 in SEC competition during his three-year tenure and had lost 14 of his past 15 league games. On Dec. 7, the Volunteers announced the hiring of Cincinnati's Butch Jones, who was 23-14 in three years with the Bearcats. ''It is truly an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Vol Nation!'' Jones tweeted Friday morning.
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
Ellis Johnson got only one season as Southern Miss' head coach and, after finishing winless, he was fired on Nov. 27. Southern Miss finished with a 0-12 record one season after a school-record 12-2 finish that included a win in the Hawaii Bowl. The Golden Eagles were the only team in the Football Bowl Subdivision not to win a game this season. On Dec. 11, Southern Miss hired Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken to replace Johnson. Monken, who spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys, is a veteran offensive assistant at both the college and NFL level. He spent four seasons as the receivers coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before coming to Oklahoma State in 2011 and has also been an assistant at LSU, Louisiana Tech and Eastern Michigan.
Butch Jones left Cincinnati on Dec. 7 to become the head coach at Tennessee after three seasons and a 23-14 record. The Bearcats didn't wait long to find his replacement as they lured Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville to be their new head man. Tuberville is coming off a three-year stint in Lubbock, where he went 20-17. He coached the Red Raiders to a win in the TicketCity Bowl in 2010 and led them to an appearance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in 2012.
Arkansas State Red Wolves
As Arkansas State fans were just getting used to Gus Malzahn's positive impact on the program, the coach was gone in a flash, back to Auburn to take the head coaching position. In his place, the Red Wolves hired Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to replace the departed Malzahn. Harsin leaves Austin after just two seasons and made a name for himself as offensive coordinator at Boise State.
South Florida Bulls
Skip Holtz was fired Dec. 2. The son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz went 16-21 at the Big East school, concluding a three-year run with the worst season in school history. The Bulls lost nine of their final 10 to finish 3-9. The firing came a year after Holtz was given an extension through 2017 off a 5-7 season. Willie Taggart was announced as the replacement Dec. 8. Taggart, 36, grew up in the Tampa Bay area before heading off to play and later coach at Western Kentucky University. He led WKU to a 7-5 record in 2012 and its first bowl appearance, vs. Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl.
Despite having three years left on his contract, John Embree (left) told the media he was fired by Colorado on Nov. 25. In 2011, things looked bad in Boulder, with the Buffaloes going 3-10. But 2012 was worse. Historically worse. The 1-11 record was the worst in the 123-year history of the Colorado football program. On Dec. 10, Colorado announced it hired Mike MacIntyre (right) from San Jose State. MacIntyre rebuilt the SJSU program, and the Spartans are 10-2 this season and headed to the Military Bowl.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Willie Taggart (far left) was introduced as the new head man at South Florida on Dec. 8, after leading WKU to its greatest season in the FBS. The Hilltoppers are 7-5 this season and will play in their first bowl game, the Little Caesars Bowl, on Dec. 26 against Central Michigan. For Taggart, the USF gig was the reward for a tremendous turnaround — after a 2-10 record in his first season at Western Kentucky, he guided his program to consecutive 7-5 campaigns. But his leaving was only the beginning . . . That's because on Dec. 10, Western Kentucky announced Taggart's replacement would be none other than Bobby Petrino — the coach who infamously was fired from Arkansas in the spring after a motorcycle accident led to the revelation of an affair about which he lied to his employers (and who infamously quit the Atlanta Falcons during the season, and who infamously talked to Auburn about the coaching job while his former boss, Tommy Tuberville, was still employed by the school).
Texas Tech Red Raiders
When Tommy Tuberville (left) accepted the head-coaching role at Cincinnati on Dec. 8, it left the Red Raiders' position open ... but not for long. Texas Tech didn't have to look far to find Tuberville's replacement. On Dec. 12, the school announced that Texas A&M offensive coordinator and Red Raiders legend Kliff Kingsbury (right) would be the new coach of the program. Kingsbury, 33, helped call the plays for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. It's Kingsbury's first college head-coaching position. Kingsbury set a variety of passing records while playing QB at Texas Tech in the late '90s and early 2000s.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
On Dec. 14, Louisiana Tech hired Skip Holtz (left) to replace Sonny Dykes (right), who had left the school to take the head coaching job at Cal. Holtz was recently fired from South Florida after a 16-21 stint in three seasons. Holtz, son of coaching great Lou, is 88-71 overall in 13 seasons at Connecticut, East Carolina and USF.
Temple hired Matt Rhule (right) to replace Steve Addazio, who left the school for the Boston College job. Rhule, who played linebacker at Penn State from 1994-97, spent six seasons (2006-11) as a Owls assistant before a one-year stint with the New York Giants. Addazio, a Connecticut native, went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls since taking over for Al Golden in Philadelphia.
Western Michigan Broncos
Western Michigan replaced Bill Cubit (left), fired on Nov. 17, with Tampa Bay receivers coach P.J. Fleck. At 32 years old, Fleck is the youngest head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Fleck, who starred as a receiver at Northern Illinois, spent two seasons at as an assistant coach at Rutgers (2010-11) and one with the Buccaneers before taking the Broncos job. Cubit was 51-47 overall and 36-27 in the Mid-American Conference in eight seasons.
On Dec. 20, Wisconsin hired Utah State coach Gary Andersen (left) to replace Bret Bielema. The 48-year-old Andersen just completed his fourth and best season with the Aggies, finishing 11-2 with a bowl victory over Toledo and a Western Athletic Conference crown. Bielema left Wisconsin for Arkansas on Dec. 4, three days after the Badgers won the Big Ten title and a school-record third straight trip to the Rose Bowl.
Florida International Panthers
On Dec. 4, Mario Cristobal (left) was fired from Florida International after six seasons. Athletic director Pete Garcia called FIU's season ''a total collapse'' and said the program needs to go in a different direction. The Panthers were 3-9 this season after being widely picked to win the Sun Belt Conference. On Jan. 3, FIU hired Ron Turner, most recently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterbacks coach, to replace Cristobal. Turner signred a five-year deal with a base salary of $500,000 annually.
Nevada Wolf Pack
On Jan. 7, Nevada reached an agreement with Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian (right) to replace Chris Ault (left), who retired last month after 28 years with the Wolf Pack. The 38-year-old Polian was special teams coordinator and tight ends coach this season at Texas A&M. He also has coached at Stanford, Notre Dame, Central Florida and Buffalo. Ault, a former Wolf Pack quarterback, won 233 games while the coach at Nevada.
On Jan. 9, Syrcause hired Scott Shafer (right) to replace Doug Marrone (left), who departed for the head coaching job with the Buffalo Bills. Shafer was the defensive coordinator the past four years for the Orange and his units were ranked among the nation's best in various categories. Prior to Syracuse, Shafer was an assistant at Michigan, Stanford, Western Michigan, Illinois, Northern Illinois, and Rhode Island.
Just when it looked like the coaching carousel had come to a halt (and like Chip Kelly was staying put in Eugene), the architect of one of the nation's most explosive offenses was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 16. Kelly was 46-7 in four season with the Ducks, winning the Fiesta Bowl to complete a 12-1 season on Jan. 3. The Ducks acted quickly, replacing Kelly (left) with Mark Helfrich (right) on Jan. 20, promoting Helfrich from offensive coordinator. Helfrich signed a five-year deal with the Ducks worth a reported $9 million.