On Monday two schools found their new head coaches, and one hire rocked the foundation of Division III football.
Buffalo, which let Jeff Quinn go during the season, introduced Lance Leipold as its head coach. If you haven’t heard of him then you haven’t been paying attention to Division III football. At that level, he’s been the equivalent of Alabama coach Nick Saban.
This paragraph from Buffalo’s introductory story says it all:
Leipold comes to UB from Wisconsin-Whitewater where he has compiled an astounding 106-6 record and won five Division III National Championships over his eight seasons. He has the Warhawks positioned for their sixth national crown this year as they are 12-0 and the top-ranked team in the nation. A six-time National Coach of the Year, Leipold reached 100 career victories faster than any other coach in NCAA history – at any level.
Yep, he’s good — at least at the D-III level. But we’ll see if he can make the jump all the way to FBS. Leipold will finish out Wisconsin-Whitewater’s playoff run.
Meanwhile, Troy replaced the retiring Larry Blakeney with Neal Brown. Brown was the offensive coordinator at Kentucky before his hiring. Before he went to Kentucky he was a Blakeney assistant and at age 34 he’s now the second-youngest head coach in FBS. By college football standards, Brown’s rise to a head-coaching job at the game’s highest level is meteoric.
Three of the eight current openings have been filled. Two big openings — Florida and Nebraska — are still up for grabs.
2015 FBS COACHING CAROUSEL
|Buffalo||Jeff Quinn||Lance Leipold|
|Kansas||Charlie Weis||Clint Bowen (interim)|
|SMU||June Jones||Chad Morris|
|Troy||Larry Blakeney||Neal Brown|