College football’s coaching carousel continues to spin, and with the first transfer portal window officially open and early signing period quickly approaching, athletic directors across the country are looking to put their respective programs in the best position possible heading into the offseason.
Check out the latest coaching news across the college football landscape.
Ryan Walters to Purdue
Previous role: Illinois defensive coordinator, 2021-22
Roughly a week after losing Jeff Brohm to his alma mater, Louisville, Purdue announced on Tuesday that it hired Walters to be its new head coach. This is Walters’ first head-coaching position. After a four-year career as a defensive back at ColoradoWalters was an assistant on the Buffaloes’ staff, followed by coaching stints at Arizona, Oklahoma, North Texas, memphis, Missouri and Illinois, where he was the last two seasons.
Illinois went 8-4 (5-4 in Big Ten play) in the 2022 regular season. Their defense, administered by Walters, was first in the Big Ten in opponent points (12.3) and yards (263.8) per game.
Ken Niumatalolo out at Navy
One day after a 20-17 overtime loss to rival ArmyNavy announced that Niumatalolo would not return as the team’s head coach next season. He went 109-83 in 16 seasons at Navy but was just 4-8 this season.
Troy Taylor to Stanford
Previous role: Sacramento State head coach, 2019-22
Stanford announced the hiring of former Sacramento State head coach Troy Taylor on Saturday following his team’s loss to Incarnate Word in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs on Friday night. The 54-year-old Taylor spent three seasons at Sacramento State from 2019-22, going 30-8 and twice earning Big Sky Coach of the Year honors (2019, 2021). The program did not play in the 2020 season due to COVID-19. Taylor also won the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award in 2019 and was a finalist again this season.
Jason Garrett not pursuing Stanford job
Previous role: New York Giants offensive coordinator, 2020-21
on thursday, ESPN reports that Garrett, who was head coach of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys for parts of 10 seasons (85-67), was a finalist for the head coaching job with the Cardinal. Sacramento State coach Troy Taylor was also reportedly in the mix to replace David Shaw, who resigned on Nov. 27 after 12 seasons as Stanford’s head coach.
Garrett is currently a television analyst covering the NFL, Notre-Dame and the USFL. The former quarterback appeared in 25 NFL games across eight seasons — seven with the Cowboys — including nine starts. Garrett later posted a message saying that he would be continuing in his role as a broadcaster.
Jeff Brohm to Louisville
Previous role: Purdue head coach, 2017-22
Brohm, who played quarterback at Louisville from 1989-93, returns home to coach the Cardinals after Scott Satterfield abruptly left to take the Cincinnati head coaching job. This marks Brohm’s third head coaching job, with previous stops at Western Kentucky and Purdue. He has a 66-44 lifetime record, including a 36-24 mark at Purdue, which included multiple bowl games and a Big Ten West title this past season.
Kevin Wilson to Tulsa
Previous role: Ohio State offensive coordinator, 2017-22
Wilson will get a second chance at being a college head coach after leading Indiana from 2011-16, where he posted a 26-47 record, including a 12-37 mark in Big Ten play. He is a well-respected offensive mind who helped guide an Ohio State offense that ranked in the top 10 nationally in yards per game every year he was there.
Scott Satterfield to cincinnati
Previous role: Louisville head coach, 2019-22
Satterfield had plenty of ups and downs during his four seasons at Louisville, with his best year coming in 2019 when the Cardinals finished 8-5, including a win over Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl. He was wildly successful during his time at Appalachian Stategoing 51-24 in six seasons, including three first-place finishes in the Sun Belt Conference and a perfect 3-0 record in bowl games.
Deion Sanders to Colorado
Previous role: Jackson State head coach, 2020-22
The biggest splash of this year’s college football coaching carousel came when the University of Colorado announced Deion Sanders as its next head coach. While he doesn’t have major head coaching experience, Sanders’ ability to recruit and market the football program will be a massive win for Colorado. He led Jackson State to a 27-5 mark in three seasons, including a perfect 12-0 mark in 2022.
Hugh Freeze to Auburn
Previous role: Liberty head coach, 2019-22
Freeze arrives at Auburn with plenty of head coaching experience, with his most notable stop being at Ole miss from 2012-16. The former Rebels head coach resigned from Ole Miss amid both personal and NCAA scandals. He is officially 76-47 in 13 seasons as a head coach at Lambuth, Arkansas StateOle Miss and Liberty, but that does not include 27 wins at Ole Miss that were vacated due to multiple NCAA violations.
Luke Fickell to Wisconsin
Previous role: Cincinnati head coach, 2017-22
Fickell takes over a Wisconsin program after serving as the head coach at Cincinnati for six seasons, where he posted a 57-18 record and helped lead the Bearcats to the College Football Playoff last season. In addition to a spot in the CFP, Fickell’s head coaching résumé includes three 11-plus win seasons, two AAC titles and a 2-2 record in bowl games. He served as an assistant at Ohio State from 2002-2016.
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Kenny Dillingham to Arizona State
Previous role: Oregon offensive coordinator, 2022
Dillingham is an Arizona native and an Arizona State alum who was Oregon’s offensive coordinator this past season. The 32-year-old served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at memphisAuburn and Florida State prior to arriving at Oregon in 2022. He helped guide an offense that averaged more than 500 yards per game this past season, which was tied for the third-highest total in the country.
Matt Rhule to Nebraska
Previous role: Carolina Panthers head coach, 2020-22
After six straight losing seasons, Nebraska hired Rhule to help rebuild its program and bring it back to national relevance. The 47-year-old Rhule served as the head coach at Temple from 2013-16 before leaving for Baylor in 2017, where he spent three seasons and guided the Bears to an 11-win season and a spot in the Sugar Bowl in his third season with the program.
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