All of the hirings and firings so far on the 2021-2022 college football coaching carousel

Updated: Dec 10, 2021


Credit: LSU Athletics

College football just might be the wackiest sport out there - and if we're being perfectly honest, the coaching carousel might be the wackiest part of it.


Yet even by the weird standards that stuff happens on the college football coaching carousel, the 2021 version has been extra insane. A combination of some schools waiting an extra year post-pandemic (think USC with Clay Helton) combined with the urgency of the early signing period and transfer portal recruiting means that firings are happening earlier and earlier into the season, and also, hirings (including three by mid-November at Georgia Southern, Texas Tech and UConn) are happening earlier and earlier as well.


Because of it, we've decided to give you a handy guide to all of the coaching hirings and firings so far this season in one convenient place - and we will continue to update this, whenever new moves are made. And considering the trickle down effect of major jobs like LSU and USC opening, doubled with the possibility that some elite college coach (Ryan Day? Lincoln Riley?) could always leave for the NFL in December or January, it means this document could be updated quite a bit in the coming months.


Regardless, here are all the job openings - and below is reaction from our team to some of these job openings:


Job Openings Previous Coach Filled By (Previous Job)


Akron Tom Arth Joe Moorhead


Colorado State Steve Addazio Jay Norvell


Duke David Cutcliffe Currently Open


Georgia Southern Chad Lunsford Clay Helton


Florida Dan Mullen Billy Napier


Florida International Butch Davis Mike MacIntyre


Fresno State Kalen DeBoer Jeff Tedford


Louisiana Billy Napier Michael Desormeaux


LSU Ed Orgeron Brian Kelly


Louisiana Tech Skip Holtz Sonnie Cumbie


Miami Manny Diaz Mario Cristobal


Nevada Jay Norvell Ken Wilson


New Mexico State Doug Martin Jerry Kill


Notre Dame Brian Kelly Marcus Freeman


Oklahoma Lincoln Riley Brent Venables


Oregon Mario Cristobal Currently Open


SMU Sonny Dykes Rhett Lashlee

TCU Gary Patterson Sonny Dykes


Temple Rod Carey Currently Open


Texas Tech Matt Wells Joey McGuire


Troy Chip Lindsey Jon Sumrall


UConn Randy Edsall Jim Mora


UMass Walt Bell Don Brown


USC Clay Helton Lincoln Riley


Virginia Bronco Mendenhall Tony Elliott


Virginia Tech Justin Fuente Brent Pry


Washington Jimmy Lake Kalen DeBoer


Washington State Nick Rolovich Jake Dickert


Reaction to the firings and hirings:


* Miami embarrassed itself, even if it got its man in Mario Cristobal


* Marcus Freeman is the right man, at the right time for Notre Dame football


* Reaction to the Lincoln Riley hiring


* Why Billy Napier is the perfect guy to return Florida to glory


* Why Jim Mora was the right fit for UConn


* Would Dabo Swinney ever seriously consider leaving Clemson for another job?