2013 FBS Coaching Carousel: Ault Retires at Nevada

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.


Well, we lost another great coach on Friday to retirement as Nevada’s Chris Ault hung it up with the Wolf Pack.

Ault is to Nevada as Tom Osborne is to Nebraska, and I’m being serious. Ault won 233 games at Nevada (the most of any coach at his alma mater) during a career that saw him grow the Wolf Pack from a Division II power into a FBS contender. The Wolf Pack won 10 conference championships and went to the postseason 16 times, including 10 bowl games in 12 seasons in FBS. Before he coached the Wolf Pack, he played for the Wolf Pack as a quarterback in 1960s and earned two degrees from Nevada. And if you think some of the head coaches being hired these days are young, Ault took the job at Nevada in 1976 at the age of 29.

Lately, Ault has earned credit for creating the Pistol offense, a hybrid of the spread and shotgun offenses that has become one of the most popular base offensive formations in football.

Of course, Ault left the sideline once before. Actually twice. He left the job for a year in 1993 and then returned. He made a higher profile departure after the 1995 season to focus on being Nevada’s athletic director. But he returned to the sideline for the 2004 season.

Ault’s departure brings the number of head coaching changes for the 2013 season to 28. That’s the same number of coaching changes as last year.

On Monday Texas-El Paso will finally get its hire on campus. Former UTEP player and assistant coach Sean Kugler will end his career as a NFL assistant coach and get to work after being hired by the Miners on Dec. 10. Kugler is the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are now out of playoff contention. So the Miners won’t have to wait any longer than the NFL regular season to get Kugler. He’s been working behind the scenes to line up a staff and begin the recruiting process.

Nevada joins Florida International as programs still looking for a new boss. For what it’s worth, multiple news outlets are reporting that FIU wants Butch Davis, but there are contract issues due to his departure from North Carolina.

So stay tuned.

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; In: Paul Haynes

Kentucky: Out: Joker Phillips; In: Mark Stoops

Louisiana Tech: Out: Sonny Dykes; In: Skip Holtz

Nevada: Out: Chris Ault

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; In: Rod Caragher

South Florida: Out: Skip Holtz; In: Willie Taggart

Southern Miss: Out: Ellis Johnson; In: Todd Monken

Temple: Out: Steve Addazio; In: Matt Rhule

Tennessee: Out: Derek Dooley; In: Butch Jones

Texas-El Paso: Out: Mike Price; In: Sean Kugler

Texas Tech: Out: Tommy Tuberville; In: Kliff Kingsbury

Utah State: Out: Gary Andersen; In: Matt Wells

Western Kentucky: Out: Willie Taggart; Interim: Lance Guidry; In: Bobby Petrino

Western Michigan: Out: Bill Cubit; In: P.J. Fleck

Wisconsin: Out: Bret Bielema; In: Gary Andersen


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