At the end of every football season, we get to see coaches from around the country hop on the Coaching Carousel and see where they end up. Head Coaches, coordinators and position coaches all move around from school to school and team to team. Normally, fans of Major Programs are the beneficiaries of this carousel, but this year is a little different. As a fan of a Central Michigan, it has been great to see, even though it is a little terrifying to possibly lose Coach Mac because of it.
The Carousel tends to start when a coach signs a big contract, and this year it appears that was Mel Tucker at Michigan State. All of the rumors about where he might go immediately stopped, and it didn't take long until we started seeing jump ship. The three big ones were Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oregon losing their head coaches. These are big time programs and the coaches resigned to go to other jobs that, in my opinion, offer less stability. Kelly leaving Notre Dame was the most surprising to me, because LSU fired a coach that just recently won a Natty. Lincoln Riley leaving OU for USC caught me off guard because Oklahoma has been so consistently in the title picture, and USC hasn't done much since they stopped...No, I'll be nice. But then I thought about it, and OU is going to the SEC, and that is a much more difficult task than being in the Pac - 12. Mario Cristobal left the Oregon for Miami, which is a sentence that you would not expect unless someone is looking for better weather. Miami has been a complete dumpster fire since the early 2000's. That is the most intriguing move to me. Can he revitalize a program that was once a major player.
Of course there are the normal firings, "Mutual Resignations" and coaches from smaller programs that are moving up in the ranks. Then there are the retreads that a basically there to fill in (I assume). Jerry Kill hasn't been a head coach since leaving Minnesota in 2015 for heath concerns, now he is coaching New Mexico State, a school that I believe should be trying to tap into the new hotness and risk them being gone in three years. Not that many of you will be excited to hear my take on Aggies Football, but it was a name that caught my eye, especially with Las Cruces being a hot bed for high school football.
All that being said, the teams I am most looking forward to seeing what the new coaches can accomplish are Notre Dame, Florida and the two Washington Schools. Notre Dame and Florida because when they are strong College football is strong, and UW and WSU because the Pac - 12 needs more than two schools. Did your school get a new coach this year? What school are you fired up to see what the new coach does? Do you think your program is going to be losing a coach soon? Chime in and let's talk.