College Football America’s 2014 Coaching Carousel: Clark is a Blazer

Bill Clark

New UAB head coach Bill Clark.

So now we come to the end of our FBS coaching carousel for the 2014 offseason. We think.

UAB has a new head coach, hiring away Jacksonville State head coach Bill Clark earlier this week. Clark was the head coach at JSU for just one season, but it was a fruitful one. The Gamecocks reached the FCS quarterfinals before losing to Eastern Washington.

What Clark lacks in name recognition nationally he seems to make up with name recognition locally. Clark is an Alabama guy, coming up through the high school ranks, leading Prattville to a 107-11 record and two state titles before moving to South Alabama to become the defensive coordinator, where he stayed for five seasons before taking the JSU job.

UAB’s hope is that Clark’s statewide recruiting ties will help them sign the guys that can’t go to Alabama and Auburn. If he can, then he has a shot to improve UAB, something Garrick McGee couldn’t do in two seasons.

So twenty jobs traded hands, if you count Georgia Southern, which is transitioning from FCS to FBS. That assumes nothing changes between now and the start of the 2014 season.

Soon we’ll rank the hires for this year and look back at the best and worst hires of 2013, too.


Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Garrick McGee Bill Clark
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 Willie Fritz
Louisville Charlie Strong Bobby Petrino
Massachusetts Charley Molnar Mark Whipple
Miami (OH) Don Treadwell Chuck Martin
Penn State Bill O’Brien James Franklin
Texas Mack Brown Charlie Strong
USC Lane Kiffin Steve Sarkisian
Vanderbilt James Franklin Derek Mason
Wake Forest Jim Grobe Dave Clawson
Washington Steve Sarkisian Chris Petersen
Western Kentucky Bobby Petrino Jeff Brohm
Wyoming Dave Christensen Craig Bohl

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