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2008 College Football Coaching Changes

Below you will find a list of all the college football coaching changes and each teams current coaching picks for their replacement football coach.

2008 ACC College Football Head Coaching Changes:
  • Duke Blue Devils - Duke football coach, Ted Roof was dismissed as the Blue Devil's leader after a lackluster 5 years on the job with an overall record of 6-45. Roof is succeeded by Tennessee offensive coordinator, David Cutcliffe who is known for mentoring both Eli and Peyton Manning in college when coaching as a head coach at Ole Miss and as an assistant with the Tennessee Vols.
  • Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - Georgia Tech's Chain Gailey got the boot after six losing seasons with the Jackets. Gailey is replaced by Paul Johnson after building and turning around a successful Navy squad in his 6 years in Annapolis. Johnson has an overall coaching record of 107-39 which includes his 6 years with Navy and 5 season with Georgia Southern.
2008 Big 10 NCAA Football Coaching Changes:
  • Michigan Wolverines - One of the biggest head coaching changes of the 2008 college football season. After 13 seasons, Michigan Wolverine head coach, Lloyd Carr may have been forced out and resigned after a disappointing 2007 campaign which included a historic upset loss to Appalachian State. Carr was replaced as Wolverine head coach by hot coaching prospect, Rich Rodriguez after several successful seasons at West Virginia.
2008 Big 12 College Football Head Coaching Changes:
  • Baylor Bears - Texan, Guy Morriss was canned from the Baylor job after an 18-40, 5 year stint with the Bears. Morriss is replaced by another Texas native, Art Briles who resurrected the Houston football program from their losing ways and lead the Cougars to 4 winning seasons and 4 bowl games. Baylor fans look for the same from Briles.
  • Colorado State Rams - One of the longest tenured college football head coaches to be relieved from his duties is Colorado State head coach, Sonny Lubick who was fired after 15 complete seasons with the Rams. He is replaced by former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator, Steve Fairchild in his first head coaching opportunity.
  • Houston Cougars - After losing Art Briles to Baylor, the Houston looked in-conference for head coaching replacement picks. The cougars brought in former Oklahoma Sooners offensive coordinator, Kevin Sumlin who has served under a lot of successful college football head coaches. Sumlin has one of the best offenses in the country in 2007 where his Sooners averaged 44 points per game. An offensive minded coach is a good fit for a team that finished 76th in total offense in 2007 and 101st in 2006.
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers - The Nebraska coaching carousel continues as the Cornhuskers finally sent Bill Callahan packing after 4 years of failing to bring the once prominent college football program back to the greatness that they expect. Nebraska brings in a hot, young, defensive-minded head coach in Bo Pelini, former defensive coordinator at LSU. Pelini brings in a whole new coaching staff in hopes of changing the Cornhuskers mediocre ways and inserting a new regime in Lincoln.
  • Texas A&M Aggies - After they continued to get dominated by the perennial big 12 powers in Oklahoma, Texas, & Texas Tech, head coach Dennis Franchione finally stepped down as Aggies head coach after considerable pressure by the fans, alum etc. After looking for head coaching replacement picks, the Aggies decided to lure former Green Bay Packers head coach, Mike Sherman from his job as the Houston Texans offensive coordinator by offering him a 1.8 million-dollar per year salary. Sherman steps in with hopes of turning things around by helping the Aggies win more games vs. their conference rivals.

2008 Big East CFB Head Coaching Changes:

  • West Virginia Mountaineers - West Virginia fans are sad to see Rich Rodriguez leave after 7 years of building a Big East powerhouse in Morgantown. It's bittersweet as Rodriguez is replaced by WVU Tight End & Special Teams coach, Bill Stewart who won himself the job by seizing the moment and leading the Mountaineers to an exciting Fiesta Bowl upset win over the Oklahoma Sooners in his only game as the interim head coach.
2008 Pac 10 NCAA Football Changes at Head Coach:
  • UCLA Bruins - The Bruins fired head coach Karl Dorrell before the Las Vegas Bowl in 2008 after finishing the season with a mediocre 6-6 record. He coached the UCLA Bruins football program for five years. Despite an overall winning record of 35-27, Dorrell really had only one inspiring season which was back in 2005. Former ravens offensive coordinator and Washington Huskies head coach, Rick Neuheisel signed with the Bruins right before the 2008 New Year. Neuheisel is a legend at UCLA as he played Quarterback and lead the Bruins to a Rose Bowl victory in 1984. Time will only tell weather Neuheisel can make more Bruins history as a head coach as well as a player. He just needs to avoid participating in NCAA March Madness Pools.
  • Washington State Cougars - After dismal 5-7 2007 college football campaign, Bill Doba was axed as the head coach of the WSU Cougars. Doba's 5-year tenure at Washington State started bright, with a 10-3 season and a Holiday Bowl victory. Since then, he went the rest of the way without a winning season. The Cougars athletic department finally had enough. Coming in to take the team in a new direction, is a young, up and coming, Division 1 FCS (Formerly D1-AA) coach in Paul Wulff. Washington State alum, Wulff had several successful seasons as the head coach of Eastern Washington and lead the Eagles to two Big Sky titles.
2008 SEC College Football Head Coaching Moves:
  • Arkansas Razorbacks - After 10 successful seasons and 7 major Bowl appearances with the Razorbacks, head coach Houston Nutt stepped down as Arkansas head coach. After losing the support of the Razorback fan base and awkward administration, and with many controversies & allegations surrounding him, Nutt was basically left with no other choice but to leave Fayetteville for other opportunities. In comes Bobby Patrino, who just couldn't handle the pro game as he went 3-10 in his one season with the "Vickless" Atlanta Falcons. However, he wasn't picked for his NFL resume as Patrino was a very successful college football head coach and had an outstanding 41-9 career record at Louisville. He built the Cardinals into a Big East conference power with a high powered offense. Patrino should be a nice fit in Fayetteville. However, there is a big difference between the Big East and the SEC, ala 'the toughest conference in college football'.
  • Mississippi Rebels - After a terrible three-year tenure as Ole Miss head coach, Ed Orgeron was given his walking papers. Under Orgeron, the Rebels were are pathetic 10-25 over the past three seasons. Despite having solid defenses and arguably the best defensive player in college football (for 2 years), they had an offense that was very hard to watch and was ranked near the bottom in total offense every year under Orgeron. Time for a new face as the Ole Miss looked through many possible replacement picks. Replacing Orgeron at the helm of the Rebels is Houston Nutt from Arkansas. Even though he wasn't treated as such, Nutt took a losing Arkansas Razorback team in 1998 and turned them into a winner for 10 years after. The Ole' Miss faithful is hoping that he can do the same in Oxford.

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