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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?

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