College Football Coaching, Coordinator Changes For The 2024 Season

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Written By Brett Gibbons | Last Updated
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These days, the only constant in college football is change. But 2024 is different – this year ushers in the most drastic change in the modern era. And with the winds of change spun a dramatic coaching carousel. Head coaches left their posts for “lesser” positions to leave behind the constant pressures a modern head coach faces with NIL and transfers. If you haven’t kept up meticulously with college football coaching changes this winter, it’d be easy to miss some major changes.

So, let’s dive into all of them. Here’s every head coaching and offensive and defensive coordinator change in the FBS that happened this offseason.

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College Football Head Coaching Changes

This offseason, 30 teams changed head coaches for one reason or another. Find those moves below. Three coaches retired – most notably legend Nick Saban – while some major names to take other FBS jobs include Kalen DeBoer, Mike Elko, and Curt Cignetti.

SchoolNew CoachPrevious
AlabamaKalen DeBoerNick Saban (retired)
ArizonaBrent BrennanJedd Fisch (left)
Boise StateSpencer DanielsonAndy Avalos (fired)
Boston CollegeBill O’BrienJeff Hafley (left)
BuffaloPete LemboMaurice Linguist (left)
DukeManny DiazMike Elko (left)
Georgia StateDell McGeeShawn Elliott (left)
HoustonWillie FritzDana Holgorsen (fired)
IndianaCurt CignettiTom Allen (fired)
James MadisonBob ChesneyCurt Cignetti (left)
MichiganSherrone MooreJim Harbaugh (left)
Michigan StateJonathan SmithMel Tucker (fired)
Middle TennesseeDerek MasonRick Stockstill (fired)
Mississippi StateJeff LebbyZach Arnett (fired)
NevadaJeff ChoateKen Wilson (fired)
New MexicoBronco MendenhallDanny Gonzales (fired)
New Mexico StateTony SanchezJerry Kill (left)
Oregon StateTrent BrayJonathan Smith (left)
San Diego StateSean LewisBrady Hoke (retired)
San Jose StateKen NiumataloloBrent Brennan (left)
South AlabamaMajor ApplewhiteKen Womack (left)
SyracuseFran BrownDino Babers (fired)
Texas A&MMike ElkoJimbo Fischer (fired)
TroyGerad ParkerJon Sumrall (left)
TulaneJon SumrallWillie Fritz (left)
UCLADeShaun FosterChip Kelly (left)
ULMBryant VincentTerry Bowden (fired)
UTEPScotty WaldenDana Dimel (fired)
WashingtonJedd FischKalen DeBoer (left)
WyomingJay SawvelCraig Bohl (retired)

Alabama Crimson Tide: Kalen DeBoer

Above all the conference realignment and playoff expansion news, the news that Saban would finally be hanging it up left the college football world stunned. For the first time since 2006 – and after six National Championships – Alabama will be headed by another face.

That face is DeBoer from Washington. As a college head coach (Sioux Falls, Fresno State, Washington), he has an incredible 104-12 record and most recently took the Huskies to the National Championship game. Despite the winning pedigree, Alabama national title futures took a dive. Before Saban’s announcement, the Tide opened at +550 to win next year’s championship. Now, they sit at .

Michigan Wolverines: Sherrone Moore

One of the most telegraphed moves this offseason was the departure of Jim Harbaugh to the NFL. Perhaps even more telegraphed was his replacement, offensive coordinator and stand-in head coach Sherrone Moore. During Harbaugh’s multiple suspensions last year, Moore took the reigns, most notably in wins over rivals Penn State and Ohio State.

The defending national champions lose a number of key pieces to the 2023 team. Between those departures and the lucrative expenditure of the Buckeyes, Michigan’s title odds for this coming season opened a bit tempered for a defending champion (+1000). Those odds dropped to following Harbaugh’s departure.

Texas A&M Aggies: Mike Elko

It didn’t take long for Elko to return to College Station. He left his post as Texas A&M defensive coordinator to be the head coach at Duke for 2022 and 2023, going 16-9 in that stretch. Once A&M finally parted ways with Jimbo Fisher (incurring a $75M buyout in the process), the ACC Coach of the Year accepted the offer to be the next head coach of the Aggies.

Texas A&M always opens well in power ratings and college football futures. FanDuel Sportsbook lined the Aggies at +2600 to open, That number’s since fallen to . Rather than a reaction to Elko stepping in for Fisher, that move is market-driven and a correction on a perennial under-performer.

UCLA Bruins: DeShaun Foster

Instead of being notable for who they hired, UCLA’s coaching change was one of the most-talked about moves because of whom they lost. Chip Kelly left L.A. to be the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. During the Buckeyes’ spring game in April, Kelly was asked about his move.

“I just want to coach football,” he replied. The surface-level answer explains why others like Harbaugh, Buffalo’s Maurice Linguist, South Alabama’s Kane Womack, and more left head coaching spots for seemingly lesser positions. The pressures of roster building as a head coach detract from the actual coaching.

UCLA promoted longtime running backs coach DeShaun Foster to the head coach position – a move that drew plenty of praise from UCLA players.

Other Notable College Football Head Coaching Changes

After years of mediocrity and cycling through coordinators, Indiana finally moved on from Tom Allen. Instead, they looked to Cignetti, who not only transitioned James Madison from the FCS to FBS but won 19 games in two seasons doing so. Allen won 31 total games in seven seasons.

Washington filled its vacancy with Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch. Before Fisch’s arrival, Arizona won nine total games in three seasons under Kevin Sumlin. In just three years in Tucson, Fisch took the Wildcats from 1-11 to 5-7 and 10-4 this past season – the program’s first 10-win season since 2014. Arizona, in turn, hired San Jose State’s Brent Brennan late in the coaching cycle.

Michigan State looked to a successful coach on the West Coast to fill its vacancy after firing Mel Tucker. They bring in Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith to get the Spartan program back on track. In his last three seasons at Corvallis, Smith won 25 games despite the lowest athletics budget in the Pac-12 (54th nationally), the school’s best three-year run since 2006-08. Until Oregon State was left behind in the most recent reshuffling, Smith had built a stable program – a very difficult task at that school.

Of course, each head coaching change is notable. Follow along with continued college football odds coverage this offseason for more insight into the other changes. Check back this summer for team- and conference-specific breakdowns.

College Football Coaching Changes: Offensive Coordinators

Changes below are accurate as of April 19. Each year, a couple of late-spring stragglers make moves away from their programs.

SchoolNew OCPrevious Stop
AkronTaylor HousewrightMontana State OC
AlabamaNick SheridanWashington TEs
ArizonaDino BabersSyracuse HC
Arizona StateMarcus ArroyoFormer UNLV HC
ArkansasBobby PetrinoTexas A&M OC
ArmyCody WorleyArmy QBs
AuburnDerrick NixOle Miss AHC
BaylorJake SpavitalCal OC
Boise StateDirk KoetterBoise State assistant
Boston CollegeWill LawingPatriots TEs
BuffaloDave PatenaudeVirginia analyst
CalMike BloeschCal OL
DukeJonathan BrewerSMU QBs
East CarolinaJohn David BakerOle Miss co-OC
Georgia StateJim ChaneyTexas A&M analyst
Georgia SouthernRyan AlpinGeorgia Southern TEs
HoustonKevin BarbayMississippi State OC
IndianaMike ShanahanJames Madison OC
IowaTim LesterWestern Michigan OC
Iowa StateTaylor MouserIowa State TEs
James MadisonDean KennedyHoly Cross OC
KansasJim Zebrowski, Jeff GrimesKansas co-OC, Baylor OC
Kansas StateConor Riley, Matt WellsKansas State OL, former Utah State HC
Kent StateMark CarneyKent State TEs
KentuckyMark CarneyKentucky TEs
LSUJoe SloanLSU QBs
MarshallSeth DoegePurdue TEs
MichiganKirk CampbellMichigan QBs
Michigan StateBrian LindgrenOregon State OC
Middle TennesseeBodie ReederNorthern Iowa OC
Mississippi StateJeff LebbyOklahoma OC
NavyDrew CronicMercer HC
NevadaMatt LubickKansas analyst
New MexicoJason BeckSyracuse OC
New Mexico StateAndrew Mitchell, Tyler WrightNew Mexico State AHC, QBs
NorthwesternZach LujanSouth Dakota State OC
Notre DameMike DenbrockLSU OC
Ohio StateChip KellyUCLA HC
OklahomaSeth Litrell, Joe John FinleyNorth Texas HC, Oklahoma TEs
Oregon StateRyan GundersonUCLA QBs
Penn StateAndy KotelnickiKansas OC
PittKade BellWestern Carolina OC
San Diego StateSean LewisColorado OC
San Jose StateCraig StutzmannTexas State co-OC
South AlabamaMajor ApplewhiteSouth Alabama OC
Southern MissChip LongLouisville analyst
SyracuseJeff NixonGiants RBs
Texas A&MCollin KleinKansas State OC
TroySean ReaganWest Virginia QBs
TulaneJoe CraddockTroy OC
UCFTim Harris Jr.Miami (FL) RBs
UCLAEric BienemyCommanders OC
UConnGordon SammisUConn OL
ULMBryant VincentNew Mexico OC
UTEPJake BrownLouisiana Tech co-OC
VanderbiltTim BeckNew Mexico State OC
WashingtonBrennan CarrollArizona OC
Western KentuckyWill FriendSEC veteran assistant
Western MichiganWalt BellIndiana OC
WyomingJay JohnsonMichigan State OC

College Football Coaching Changes: Defensive Coordinators

SchoolNew DCPrevious Stop
AlabamaKane WomackSouth Alabama HC
ArizonaDuane AkinaArizona analyst
AuburnDJ DurkinTexas A&M DC
Ball StateJeff KnowlesButler DC
BaylorDave ArandaBaylor HC
Boise StateErik ChinanderBoise State AHC
Boston CollegeTim LewisXFL co-DC
BuffaloJoe BowenMiami (OH) LBs
CincinnatiTyson VeidtIowa State LBS
ColoradoRobert LivingstonBengals DBs
DukeJonathan PatkeTexas State DC
Georgia TechTyler SantucciDuke DC
Georgia StateKevin SherrerGeorgia Tech co-DC
HawaiiDennis ThurmanColorado assistant
HoustonShiel WoodTulane DC
IndianaBryant HainesJames Madison DC
Jacksonville StateLuke OlsonTulsa DC
James MadisonLyle HemphillDuke co-DC
LouisianaJim SalgadoBills assistant
Louisiana TechJeremiah JohnsonNorthern Iowa DC
LSUBlake BakerMissouri DC
MemphisJordon HankinsMemphis LBs
MichiganWink MartindaleGiants DC
Michigan StateJoe RossiMinnesota DC
Middle TennesseeBrian StewartXFL DC
MinnesotaCorey HethermanRutgers LBs
Mississippi StateMatt Barnes, Coleman HutzlerMemphis DC, Alabama OLBs
MissouriCorey BatoonSouth Alabama DC
NevadaKane IoaneBoise State co-Dc
New MexicoNick HowellVanderbilt DC
New Mexico StateJoe MorrisSam Houston State DC
North CarolinaGeoff CollinsGeorgia Tech HC
NorthwesternTim McGarigleNorthwestern LBs
OhioJeff HauserOhio SAFs
OklahomaZac AlleyJacksonville State DC
Oregon StateKeith HeywardRaiders assistant
Penn StateTom AllenIndiana HC
Sam Houston StateSkyler CassidyAbilene Christian DC
San Diego StateEric SchmidtWashington DEs
South AlabamaWill WindhamSouth Alabama LBs
Southern MissClay BignellEastern Illinois DC
SyracuseElijah RobinsonTexas A&M DL
TCUAndy AvalosBoise State HC
Texas A&MJay BatemanFlorida LBs
Texas StateDexter McCoil Sr.Texas State SAFs
TroyDontae WrightWest Virginia DBs
TulaneGreg GasparatoTroy DC
UCFTed RoofOklahoma co-DC
UCLAIkaika MalloeUCLA DL
UConnMatt BrockMississippi State DC
ULMErnest HillUAB SAFs
USCD’Anton LynnUCLA DC
Utah StateNate DreilingNew Mexico State DC
UTEPJJ Clark, Kevin SiglerAustin Peay DC, Jacksonville State SAFs
VanderbiltClark LeaVanderbilt HC
WashingtonSteve BelichickPatriots OLBs
Western MichiganRobert BalaAlabama LBs
WyomingAaron BohlWyoming LBs

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