(UPDATED) College Football: Up to Date Coaching Changes

We’ll be following this closely and will update this daily. This is the most up to date, as of this morning, information on the college football coaching carousel.

Updated: 12-6-21


The Canes have fired Manny Diaz with the plan on being to bring in Mario Cristobal from Oregon.


The Sooners officially announced Brent Venables as the programs next head coach on Monday morning. This is one that hits close to home for Clemson fans.


Virginia announced that head football coach Bronco Mendenhall will step down from his position as the Cavaliers’ head football coach following the team’s upcoming bowl game. This was a shocker for everyone connected with Virginia Athletics and college football as a whole. Certainly, due to the timing of the announcement nothing in the way of a search for his replacement has been started. Side note: While this is only speculation on my part, one might think Tony Elliott might be a potential candidate.

Notre Dame

It was announced late Wednesday evening, Notre Dame hired current defensive coordinator, Marcus Freeman as new head coach. All the speculation that the Irish were waiting on Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell, seemed to be just that, speculation. At least once they found out Freeman wasn’t going with Brian Kelly to LSU.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech has hired Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry as the program’s next coach, the school announced Tuesday. Pry, 51, has been with the Nittany Lions for the past eight seasons and worked as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech in the 1990s under legendary former coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster. He will replace Justin Fuente, who was fired early in November, with a 43-31 record over six seasons on the job.

Notre Dame Update

It seems Notre Dame will wait for Luke Fickell, as he is apparently the No. 1 choice of the Irish, per College football insider Dennis Dodd. Notre Dame athletic director, Jack Swarbrick says he will not name an interim. Assistants are being told to stay on the road. Strong Catholic ties with Fickell. Notre Dame wants renewed bond with traditional midwest Catholic high schools in recruiting. Fickell gives that edge as he has actively recruited in the same geographic area as the Irish.

Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma) replaces Clay Helton who is headed to Georgia State.

Riley has made three CFP appearances and led Oklahoma to its most successful stretch in recent memory. He’ll bring creativity, offensive success and recruiting prowess to a program in desparate need of a boost.

Sonny Dykes (SMU) replaces Gary Patterson at TCU

Dykes travels just 40 miles across the Metroplex to take over the program he beat in September. He took SMU to 10 wins for the first time since 1983 and went 25-10 in his last three years. It’s a safe hire, but his success is transferrable at TCU.

Kalen DeBoer replaces Jimmy Lake as Washington head Coach

DeBoer isn’t a big name, but the former Fresno State coach has won everywhere, from NAIA to the Big Ten. He has a way with quarterbacks and will be tasked with fixing one of the worst offenses in the Power Five.

Rhett Lashlee replaces Sonny Dykes as SMU head Coach.

Lashlee, the offensive coordinator at Miami, helped bring SMU back to prominence as an assistant in 2019. He has done strong work with quarterbacks at each of his stops and should be able to continue much of the brand campaign that has reenergized SMU. Dykes, meanwhile, is expected to be named the next coach at TCU in the coming days.

Billy Napier (Louisiana) replaces Dan Mullen at Florida.

Napier was 39-12 in four seasons with the Ragin’ Cajuns, including three straight double-digit win seasons. His recruiting prowess throughout the southeast is a perfect fit for what Florida needs.

Jerry Kill replaces Doug Martin New Mexico

Kill joins the program weeks after the Aggies announced plans to join Conference USA. He’s an experienced coach with a 154-101 record while climbing from D-II to the Power Five. It’s as good a hire as could have been expected at a program with one winning record since 2002.

Jake Dickert (interim) to replace Nick Rolovich Washington State

Dickert led Washington State to a 3-2 record in place of Rolovich this year, including a 40-13 evisceration of Washington in the Apple Cup. The combination of success down the stretch and continuity he brings to the program makes this a solid hire given the market this silly season.

Temple fired Ron Carey on Nov. 29 after he went 12-20 in three seasons. No Replacement announced.

Lincoln Riley leaves Oklahoma for Southern California.

There has been no formal announcement on his replacement. Brent Venables seems to be the leader among a short list of options.

Billy Napier replaces Dan Mullen at Florida. Napier’s replacement at Louisiana has been mentioned

Napier led the program to its first 10-win seasons in history, a split 2020 Sun Belt title and a 39-12 record in four seasons.

Clay Helton (USC) replaces Chad Lunsford at Georgia State.

The Eagles landed a coach who was 46-24 at USC and won a Rose Bowl. That’s not just a home run, it’s a grand slam.

Jim Mora Jr. replaces Randy Edsall as University of Connecticut’s head coach.

On one hand, it’s great that UConn got a coach with a history of at least some success at the NFL and college levels. On the other hand, he Mora also has a history of allowing his teams to regress. What will happen at UConn? It’s hard to imagine him building it into a power, but at least he brings some buzz to Storrs.

Don Brown replaces Walt Bell at University of Massachusetts

Brown, recently the Arizona defensive boss, was 43-19 as the coach at UMass from 2004-08. He led the Minutemen to two FCS playoff appearances, and lost in the national championship in 2006. His familiarity with the program and experience as a top-tier defensive coordinator is perfect for the program.

Joey McGuire replaces Matt Wells at Baylor

McGuire isn’t a household name as Baylor’s former linebackers coach, but he will fit in perfectly with what Texas Tech needs. He has been on Baylor’s staff since 2017, promoted to associate head coach, and is also a hall of fame high school coach after leading Cedar Hill (Texas) to 12 straight playoff appearances and three state titles. Those ties will come in handy on the recruiting trail.

Brian Kelly, former Notre Dame head coach replaces Ed Orgeron at LSU.

LSU announced that it was parting ways with Coach O just 17 games after he won a national championship. They’ve tapped Kelly as their next leader. Brian Kelly is winningest Coach in North Dame history.

Justin Fuente is out at Virginia Tech. No immediate successors but Tony Elliott is considered a top level candidate.

Fuente was fired on Nov. 16 after going 5-5 in 2021. He was 43-31 in six seasons in Blacksburg, and has been .500 or below in three of his last four seasons.

This is a list of the high profiled openings and replacement. We’ll be updating when information is made available.

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