The FBS Coaching Carousel

Well, we at College Football America had to take a little time off to go out and cover some ball games. But it’s time to get you caught up on the coaching changes that have been made since our last update on Oct. 26:

Missouri - Gary Pinkel (1)
Missouri’s Gary Pinkel

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel will retire at the end of this year.

Pinkel’s decision stems from his May diagnosis of lymphoma. Through a statement, he told the media Friday that treatment for the disease has gone well and his primary season for deciding to step aside is to spend more time with his family.

That’s hard to argue with, even though college football is losing one of its best coaches and gentlemen. Pinkel leaves Missouri as the program’s all-time winningest coach and shepherded Missouri’s transition to the SEC, where it won two straight SEC East titles. Look for Mizzou to go after an established coach with Power 5 credentials.

Virginia Tech - Frank Beamer
Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer announced his retirement on Nov. 1, effective at the end of this season.

Whether Beamer decided on his own or administration had some influence on his decision, this at least allows everyone to save face. He leaves the program on his own terms, and the administration doesn’t have to look like the bad guy.

Beamer is Virginia Tech’s all-time winningest head coach (234-120-2). With 276 wins Beamer is also the FBS’s winningest active coach and stands at No. 15 all-time for coaching victories at any level. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he reaches the ballot. It will be one of the plum jobs on the market.

Hawaii - Norm Chow
Hawaii’s Norm Chow

Hawaii fired Norm Chow on Nov. 1.

The Hawaii native was never able to get any real momentum going for the Rainbow Warriors. They’ll turn to assistant coach Chris Naeole for now.

June Jones has already let the folks on the Islands know that he’d be interested in coming back. Of course, there have been rumblings in the past about the program disbanding altogether.

A decade ago this program played in a BCS bowl game. Now it’s nothing more than a low-level Group of 5 program. It will be a hard rebuild for whomever gets the job.

Minnesota - Tracy Claeys
Minnesota’s Tracy Claeys

Finally, Minnesota’s Jerry Kill retired from coaching on Oct. 28.

This one is a hard pill to swallow for anyone who is a fan of Kill, and there are plenty. Kill suffers from seizures due to epilepsy (they forced him from the sideline for several games in 2013) and he had a previous bout with kidney cancer. His career record stands at 152-99 with stops at Saginaw Valley State, Emporia State, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois and Minnesota.

Tracy Claeys, Kill’s longtime right-hand man and defensive coordinator was the interim coach for about a week and was elevated shortly after as the Gophers’ new full-time coach. Claeys went 4-3 when Kill was sidelined in 2013. Elevating Claeys ensures continuity in the program, especially for this year’s recruits.

So we’re up to 10 open coaching positions and 11 coaching changes on the 2015 FBS Coaching Carousel. Be sure to check out our latest Hot Seat Coaches and Hot Coaching Names articles here at and College Football America.

BYUBronco MendenhallKalani Sitake
Ball StatePete LemboMike Neu
Bowling GreenDino BabersMike Jinks
East CarolinaRuffin McNeillScottie Montgomery
GeorgiaMark RichtKirby Smart
Georgia SouthernWillie FritzTyson Summers
HawaiiNorm ChowNick Rolovich
IllinoisBill CubitTBD
Iowa StatePaul RhoadsMatt Campbell
MarylandRandy EdsallD.J. Durkin
MemphisJustin FuenteMike Norvell
Miami (FL)Al GoldenMark Richt
MinnesotaJerry KillTracy Claeys
MissouriGary PinkelBarry Odom
North TexasDan McCarneySeth Littrell
RutgersKyle FloodChris Ash
South CarolinaSteve SpurrierWill Muschamp
Southern MissTodd MonkenJay Hopson
SyracuseScott ShaferDino Babers
Texas StateDennis FranchioneEverett Withers
ToledoMatt CampbellJason Candle
TulaneCurtis JohnsonWillie Fritz
UCFGeorge O'LearyScott Frost
ULMTodd BerryMatt Viator
USCSteve SarkisianClay Helton
UTSALarry CokerFrank Wilson
VirginiaMike LondonBronco Mendenhall
Virginia TechFrank BeamerJustin Fuente


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