College Football America’s 2014 Coaching Carousel: Petrino headed back to Louisville

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As the carousel spins the FBS coaching openings keep coming, thanks now to Bobby Petrino.

Petrino lasted just one year at Western Kentucky. His first college head coach job, Louisville, hired him back on Wednesday. Petrino is calling it his “destination hire.” That’s tall language from a guy that hasn’t lasted more than four years at any head-coaching stop. In fact, Petrino has never spent more than four years at ANY of his assistant coaching stops, either. I’ll spare you my 500 words on why I wouldn’t hire Petrino and just say that Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is taking a big risk.

Petrino’s departure means the Hilltoppers now have to get cracking on finding a new head coach. It also brings the number of FBS coaching changes this offseason to 18. We’re creeping up on that magic number – 20. There have been at least 20 head-coaching changes each of the past four offseasons.

As a public service, here’s the chatter surrounding the other openings:

Penn State: It sounds like James Franklin of Vanderbilt is the guy. But I didn’t include him above because it doesn’t look like a done deal yet. There are conflicting reports as to whether Franklin actually has a formal offer or not. But it sounds like we’ll have a James Franklin-to-Penn State post soon enough.

Georgia Southern: The Statesboro Herald has reported that two external candidates have interviewed for the job: Vanderbilt’s Brent Pry and Navy’s Ivin Jasper. A third, Wofford’s Mike Ayers, has reportedly interviewed. There were published reports on Thursday that Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz would be the next coach, but nothing out of Statesboro as of yet. Note: I’m including GSU as a FBS opening because they’re transitioning to FBS in 2014, though they likely won’t be eligible for postseason play until 2015.

UMass: The two most persistent rumors surrounding this job center on former NFL quarterback and Cleveland Browns coach Mark Whipple and New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell.


Arkansas State Bryan Harsin Bruce Anderson
Army Rich Ellerson Jeff Monken
Boise State Chris Petersen Bryan Harsin
Bowling Green Dave Clawson Dino Babers
Connecticut Paul Pasqualoni Bob Diaco
Eastern Michigan Ron English Chris Creighton
Florida Atlantic Carl Pelini Charlie Partridge
Georgia Southern Jeff Monken TBA
Louisville Charlie Strong Bobby Petrino
Massachusetts Charley Molnar TBA
Miami (OH) Don Treadwell Chuck Martin
Penn State Bill O’Brien TBA
Texas Mack Brown Charlie Strong
USC Lane Kiffin Steve Sarkisian
Wake Forest Jim Grobe Dave Clawson
Washington Steve Sarkisian Chris Petersen
Western Kentucky Bobby Petrino TBA
Wyoming Dave Christensen Craig Bohl

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