Service academy coaches tend to last longer than most FBS coaches because their bosses know the deck is stacked against them to a certain degree. But like any other school, there are things you can’t do and remain employed.
Losing to your top rival in five tries is one of them.
Army’s Rick Ellerson was fired Monday, a day after he and Black Knights lost for the fifth straight time to Navy under his tutelage. In truth the losing streak is a dozen years, but that’s a streak for the next head coach to try and break.
Ellerson leaves Army with a record of 20-41. He did coax a 7-6 record and a bowl victory in the Armed Forces Bowl out of the Black Knights in 2010. That was the Black Knights’ first winning season and bowl berth since 1996.
But you can’t keep losing to your chief rival and stay employed. Ellerson learned that on Monday.
Meanwhile, it appears Florida Atlantic has found its new head coach. The Owls plan to introduce Charlie Partridge on Tuesday. Partridge is an assistant coach at Arkansas.
That brings us to 13 head coaching openings in FBS.
2014 FBS COACHING CAROUSEL
|Arkansas State||Bryan Harsin||John Thompson (interim)|
|Boise State||Chris Petersen||Bryan Harsin|
|Bowling Green||Dave Clawson||Adam Scheier (interim)|
|Connecticut||Paul Pasqualoni||Bob Diaco|
|Eastern Michigan||Ron English||Chris Creighton|
|Florida Atlantic||Carl Pelini||Charlie Partridge|
|Miami (OH)||Don Treadwell||Mike Bath (interim)|
|USC||Lane Kiffin||Steve Sarkisian|
|Wake Forest||Jim Grobe||Dave Clawson|
|Washington||Steve Sarkisian||Chris Petersen|
|Wyoming||Dave Christensen||Craig Bohl|