RoadTripSports.com is devoted to keeping you apprised of all things college football. So, from time to time, we’ll update you on coaching changes in FBS for the 2013 season. Yes, some teams are already planning for next year. It’s that time of year for those teams that don’t make it to a bowl game.
Bobby Petrino is back. Hide your women and motorcycles.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Western Kentucky, in what is an obvious attempt to maintain the momentum built under Willie Taggart, hired Petrino to take over the Hilltoppers this week. It’s the biggest hire since our last update of FCS coaching hiring and firings.
Petrino inherits a program that had its best two years in FBS under Taggart in 2011-12, during which the Hilltoppers went 14-10 and earned their first bowl trip since 1963 when the Hilltoppers went to the Tangerine Bowl and played – and I’m not making this up – the Coast Guard.
If you’ve read my work with RoadTripSports.com or on my blog, Postins Postcards: A Life on the Sports Road, I think you know my position on Petrino. I don’t like him. If I were an athletic director, I wouldn’t hire him. He has a pattern of behavior that I would consider less than respectful to those around him. I was covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he abandoned the Atlanta Falcons with three games left and took the Arkansas job. Petrino didn’t bother saying goodbye to his players or team owner. He just left, leaving only a letter for his players.
But Petrino needs this to resurrect his reputation. I guess WKU feels it needs Petrino to stay relevant. The Hilltoppers are getting him at a deep discount, less than $1 million per. I just hope that WKU understands this is a “buyer beware” situation. Petrino may be there no more than a year or two before a BCS program wants him back.
There were five other hires during the week.
Texas Tech made a popular hire by luring former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury away from Texas A&M to take over the program in the wake of Tommy Tuberville’s hasty departure. Kingsbury is about as close to getting Mike Leach back as Red Raider fans are going to get. The question is that, at 33, is he ready to run a program?
Colorado finally found its man, hiring San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre. MacIntyre has done great work with the Spartans, lifting them to a 10-2 record and a Military Bowl berth in 2012. So now San Jose State must find a new coach.
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken found his first head coaching job, accepting the head coaching job at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles went from winning the Conference USA title in 2011 to going winless in 2012. Monken has a tough job ahead of him.
Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin moved on, taking the head coaching Job at Arkansas State. This is a nice job to slip into, as the Red Wolves have won the Sun Belt Conference each of the past two years. Of course, Harsin is the fourth head coach in four years at A-State.
Finally, it took about a week for Skip Holtz to find work, as Louisiana Tech hired him to replace Sonny Dykes.
Amazingly we’re up to 26 coaching openings, which is nearly as many as last year. We’ll keep you updated on the insanity.
2012-13 FBS Head Coaching Changes
Arkansas: Out: John L. Smith; In: Bret Bielema
Arkansas State: Out: Gus Malzahn; In: Bryan Harsin
Auburn: Out: Gene Chizik; In: Gus Malzahn
Boston College: Out: Frank Spaziani; In: Steve Addazio
California: Out: Jeff Tedford; In: Sonny Dykes
Cincinnati: Out: Butch Jones; In: Tommy Tuberville
Colorado: Out: Jon Embree; In: Mike MacIntyre
Florida International: Out: Mario Cristobal
Georgia State: Out: Bill Curry; In: Trent Miles
Idaho: Out: Robb Akey; Interim: Jason Gessner; In: Paul Petrino
Kent State: Out: Darrell Hazell
Kentucky: Out: Joker Phillips; In: Mark Stoops
Louisiana Tech: Out: Sonny Dykes; In: Skip Holtz
North Carolina State: Out: Tom O’Brien; In: Dave Doeren
Northern Illinois: Out: Dave Doeren; In: Rod Carey
Purdue: Out: Danny Hope; In: Darrell Hazell
San Jose State: Out: Mike MacIntyre
South Florida: Out: Skip Holtz; In: Willie Taggart
Southern Miss: Out: Ellis Johnson; In: Todd Monken
Temple: Out: Steve Addazio
Tennessee: Out: Derek Dooley; In: Butch Jones
Texas-El Paso: Out: Mike Price
Texas Tech: Out: Tommy Tuberville; In: Kliff Kingsbury
Western Kentucky: Out: Willie Taggart; Interim: Lance Guidry; In: Bobby Petrino
Western Michigan: Out: Bill Cubit
Wisconsin: Out: Bret Bielema