Through 12 weeks of the college football season, the College Football Playoff rankings aren’t the only things changing in the sport’s landscape. Programs are continuously evaluating how their head coaches are performing and some decide to ultimately move in another direction. This season has been notable, with several major programs parting ways with coaches in the middle of the season while others expect to follow suit. Here is a running list of the head coaching jobs currently open or ones that will officially be open at the end of the season.
Previous Coach: Lincoln Riley
Riley left the Sooners for USC after speculation he was taking the LSU job. This is another marquee opening as a result of Riley’s departure, and the Sooners can go hire anybody they want to. Maybe the move to the SEC sent Riley to the West Coast for the big job at Southern Cal. Oklahoma’s resources and recruiting prowess make this a highly coveted opening.
Previous Coach: Butch Davis
Davis said he’s stepping away at the end of the season. FIU doesn’t have the resources of most Florida programs but the head coach here should be able to land some talented players from the state.
Previous Coach: Chip Lindsey
Lindsey was 15-19 in three seasons, and the Trojans will miss a bowl game unless they can beat Georgia State in Atlanta on November 27th. After three straight bowl wins from 2016-18, Troy failed to make postseason at all under Lindsey’s tenure.
Previous Coach: David Cutcliffe
The writing was on the wall for Cutcliffe at Duke after another poor season. The Blue Devils had some wonderful seasons under the coach, but it was time to move in a new direction. Duke will join what is already turning out to be a crazy hiring cycle.
Previous Coach: Steve Addazio
Addazio is out after two seasons at Colorado State. He went 4-12 and made headlines for being ejected from a game, becoming just the second coach to be removed in this fashion from a NCAA game. Let’s see where the Rams go next after Addazio’s poor run over the last two years.
Previous Coach: Bronco Mendenhall
Mendenhall abruptly resigned despite having a decent season with Virginia. The team went 6-6 but posted a 4-4 mark in the ACC and remained competitive in most contests with a prolific offense. Mendenhall is reportedly not leaving for another job, so it’s not exactly clear why he chose to leave the position just yet. The Cavaliers were one of the few teams in the ACC not expected to make a change at coach this season, but they’ll be on the hunt now.