Black Sunday: College Football Coaches Getting the Boot

Everybody has heard the past few weeks about LSU wanting to get rid of current coach Les Miles. Some have heard Georgia has wanted to can coach Mark Rict (even after a 9-3 season). It’s safe to say LSU retained Miles, but today, Georgia shockingly fired Rict; but Georgia is not the only team looking for a coach next season.

South Carolina-After a 45-24 loss to LSU, Steve Spurrier shockingly decided to retire from coaching. Co-OC Shawn Elliot took over as interim coach and S.C. finished ultimately 3-9 on the season.

N. Texas-After a 66-7 routing from D-II team Portland State, North Texas fired head coach Dan McCarney on October 12; OC Mike Canales took over and North Texas went 1-6 during his campaign. North Texas finished the season 1-11.

Illinois-Ultimately not on the list anymore, Bill Cubit has been retained as Illinois’ coach for the next two seasons as he recently signed a new contract. Cubit was named interim coach after the firing of former head coach Tim Beckman. Cubit was Beckman’s assistant head coach and OC.

Memphis-Announced just today by ESPN, Justin Fuente has become the next head coach of Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech-On Nov. 1, Frank Beamer announced that this season at Virginia Tech would be his last. As of today, Memphis Head coach Justin Fuente was announced to be the team’s next head coach.

Iowa State-On November 22, Iowa State fired head coach Paul Rhoads after a 38-35 loss to Kansas state. Rhoads finishes his term 32-55. Not on the list anymore after Toledo’s head coach Matt Campbell took over the helm.

USC-Head coach Steve Sarkisian was forced into a leave of absence after a 17-12 loss to Washington, but was ultimately fired on October 12 due to an alcohol problem. Clay Helton took over as interim coach and went 5-2 in his campaign.

Missouri-After being diagnosed with Lymphoma in May, Gary Pinkel has decided to step down as Missouri’s head coach.

Virginia-Mike London resigned from his coaching position today. London was 27-46 during his tenure and was 0-6 vs in-state rival Virginia Tech and was 14-34 in ACC games.

Miami (FL)-On October 24, Miami lost 58-0 to Clemson and dropped to 4-3; a day later, head coach Al Golden was canned by Miami, and TE’s Coach/running game coordinator Larry Scott was named interim coach. Under Scott, Miami went 4-1 and is currently bowl eligible.

Rutgers-Rutgers fired head coach Kyle Flood today after a crazy season. Flood was suspended for 3 games and had 7 players arrested this season. Rutgers cleaned house and also fired AD Julie Hermann. Assistant Norris Wilson went 1-2 during Flood’s suspension.

Minnesota-Not on the list anymore. On October 28, Jerry Kill announced his immediate retirement due to health reasons, but ultimately the reigns were taken over by Kill’s long time assistant Tracy Claeys. On November 11, Claeys’ interim tag was dropped and signed a 3 year contract to ultimately take over as head coach.

Maryland-Head coach Randy Edsall was fired on October 11 after a 49-28 loss to Ohio State. OC Mike Locksley took over as interim coach and went 1-5 on his campaign.

Louisiana-Monroe-Head coach Todd Berry was canned after a 59-21 loss to Arkansas state dropped the team to a 1-9 record. D-Line coach John Mumford took over as interim coach and is currently 0-2 in his campaign.

Tulane-On Saturday, Tulane fired head coach Curtis Johnson after a 3-9 season.

UCF-After a blowout home loss to Houston, UCF coach George O’Leary decided to retire effective immediately after an 0-8 start. QB’s coach Danny Barrett took over, but finished 0-4, 0-12 overall.

Toledo- Toledo is looking for another head coach after former coach Matt Campbell took over the head coaching duties at Iowa State. Campbell led the Rockets to a 9-2 record this season. Jon Heacock has been announced as the team’s interim coach.

Syracuse-On November 23, Syracuse canned head coach Scott Schafer after a dismal 3 years. Schafer went 13-23 (6-17 in the ACC).

Hawaii-On November 1, head coach Norm Chow was canned after the Rainbow Warriors went 2-7 on the season after a home squashing against Air Force. Not on the list anymore, but Former Hawaii QB and assistant coach Nick Rolovich was announced on Friday as Hawaii’s newest head coach.

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