Posted December 06, 2017 at 02:00 PM | Updated December 06, 2017 at 02:18 PM
The college football coaching carousel has been spinning at a record-setting pace late in 2017, as many traditional powers across the country have fired and hired new coaches and leaving ripple effects throughout the sport.
Here’s a look at who was fired and who has been hired in an unpredictable offseason.
California Oregon Football
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WHO’S OUT: Willie Taggart. After a 7-5 season in Eugene, Taggart took his talents to Tallahassee, leaving the Ducks in a coaching search for the second consecutive December.
WHO’S IN: Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal will serve as the Ducks’ interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl and is a popular choice among current players and recruits for the head coaching gig, while other names floated are defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, Cal head coach and former UO defensive back Justin Wilcox, as well as former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.
Tennessee-Coaching Search Football
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WHO’S OUT: Butch Jones. Jones’ time in Tennessee came to an end after nearly five full seasons in Knoxville, with a 50-17 loss to Missouri serving as the final blow. The former Central Michigan and Cincinnati head coach posted a 34-27 overall record with the Vols, who were just 3-9 in their last 12 SEC games dating back to last season.
WHO’S IN: The Vols were close to a deal with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but the school reversed course amid fan backlash, and struck out with Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, NC State’s Dave Doeren, and Duke’s David Cutcliffe, leading to the firing of AD John Currie and replaced him with former coach Phillip Fulmer as the search is ongoing.
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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
WHO’S OUT: Jimbo Fisher. Fisher bolted the Sunshine State for greener pastures ($$$) in College Station, accepting a 10-year, $75 million deal to become the head coach at Texas A&M.
WHO’S IN: Willie Taggart. Less than 365 days after he left South Florida to coach the Oregon Ducks, Taggart returned to his native Florida to take over at his dream job in Tallahassee.
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WHO’S OUT: Bret Bielema. Arkansas fired Bielema after five seasons as Razorbacks head coach, just a week after the school parted with AD Jeff Long. Bielema produced a 29-35 record (11-29 against SEC competition) — including a 4-8 (1-7 SEC) mark in 2017.
WHO’S IN: Chad Morris. The Razorbacks are bringing in Morris from SMU on a six-year, $21 million deal, per ESPN. Morris went 2-10, 5-7, 7-5 over three seasons heading up the Mustangs.