Check out the chart below. By Chris Vannini Feb 6, 2021 161 . Ole Miss: Lane Kiffin. After 10 seasons at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly is in position to become the winningest coach in Fighting Irish history. The college legend immediately turned around a Tar Heels program that had produced a total of just five wins from 2017-2018 under Larry Fedora. See who NCAA college football head coaches chose in their Top 25. Since 2011, Shaw has led the Cardinal to three Top 10 finishes in the AP postseason poll. The injury bug bit key playmakers, including receiver (and projected first-round 2021 NFL Draft pick) Rondale Moore. They were in a lot of close games, and they finished with two road wins. After the program presumably bottomed out in 2017 with a 4-8 record, Pruitt got the Vols back in the winning way in 2019 with an 8-5 campaign that included a Gator Bowl win over Indiana. No college football coaches poll sparked as much debate as December's rankings done by coach Dabo Swinney.Swinney's ranking of No. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. There have been more than 20 head-coaching changes in FBS every season since 2015. Gus Malzahn hasn't yet been able to match his first year at Auburn, back when the Tigers made it to the championship game for the 2013 season. Florida's Dan Mullen? Les Miles made a winner of Oklahoma State. Final rankings were determined by 247Sports' college-football experts. FBS is composed of ten conferences: American Athletic Conference (The American), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 12 Conference, Big Ten Conference, Conference USA (C-USA), Mid-American Conference (MAC), Mountain West Conference (MW), Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12), Southeastern Conference (SEC), and Sun Belt Conference. The FBS coaching carousel is starting to turn, even in a season affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the heartbreaking cancellation of the Big Ten's 2020 fall football season, Day's program looked to be on the verge of even bigger things. "College level" is defined as a four-year college or university program in either the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) or the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In a perfect 2019, he led LSU to a national championship. (The best, so far, would be the 2017 campaign that ended with a trip to the national-championship game.). Kalani Sitake was one of ten non-P5 head coaches … 1 here, but Dabo Swinney's Clemson Tigers were No. It figures to be a slow season for college football coaching turnover. From 2001-2011, Greg Schiano transformed Rutgers from a Big Ten bottom-dweller to a bowl-game perennial. 2020 may be a college-football season like no other, but when it comes to Saban, the old rules still apply: He's No. Defensive back Jarrian Jones followed Lovett to the Seminoles. After eight seasons as a head coach (at Tennessee, USC and Florida Atlantic), he's got a .646 career  winning percentage. In June, as protests against racial injustice erupted nationwide, the Oklahoma State coach was called out by Chuba Hubbard for posing for a picture in what the star player said was an "unacceptable" T-shirt. College football coaching carousel: Tracker, grades, analysis on all 2020-21 hires and coach changes The 2020-21 coaching carousel is rolling … Now that we’ve established the ground rules, it’s time for kickoff. And while he hasn't won a trophy yet with Texas A&M, he has improved things. At Alabama, Saban has won four straight bowl games, five national championships (to go with his one from LSU) and a whole lot of five-star recruits. Three coaches had a previous head coaching stint at their current school that began prior to the 2002 season: Randy Edsall at UConn, Mack Brown at North Carolina, and Greg Schiano at Rutgers. In 2019, Kirk Ferentz of Iowa became the longest-continuous tenured head coach in Division I FBS. In the same vein, Orgeron is almost, but not quite at the top of this list. Ferentz began his current coaching tenure in 1999 and is also the only FBS head coach who began his current head coaching position before the 2000 season. ... Former University of Tennessee assistant football coach and quarterback Tee Martin is headed to the National Football League. 1. More impressive, since 2016, the Nittany Lions have gone 42-11, and scored three Top 10 finishes in the AP postseason poll. He went 3-9 in his first season with the Jayhawks in 2019. Kyle Whittingham led Utah to an 11-3 season in 2019. Three BYU coaches made the cut. This is Brown's second stint as head coach at North Carolina. That's compared to 16-21 for the previous three seasons under Charlie Strong. 1. He's currently fourth all time. His teams have been better than ever. But CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli doesn't "put the blame ... at Brohm's feet." 1 college-football coach "destined" for a bigger, better job, winningest first-year head coach in the program's history, prospective early-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, tweeted a meme of a woman knitting a noose, lobby for the removal of the Confederacy's stars and bars, fighting to save the 2020 season for Michigan, 247Sports' preseason Top 25 had Ohio State ranked No. Kirby Smart, Georgia. The only non-active coach in our rundown, Jeff Tedford warrants a mention here on the strength of a solid head-coaching career. In his first full season as Ohio State's head coach in 2019, Ryan Day led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 season -- the lone loss coming in the College Football Playoff to Clemson. 2 spot. It's been a rough century so far for Syracuse, but under Dino Babers the Orange has shown signs of hope -- and enjoyed the success of 2018's 10-3 campaign. But with 99 career Wildcat victories to date, Pat Fitzgerald is still the winningest coach in the program's history -- and it's not even close. The 2020 college football season is no different. He's also posted two Rose Bowl wins, and three Pac-12 championships. Justin Wilcox led Cal back to a bowl appearance in 2018. In his first two seasons as head coach, he's led the Knights to records of 10-3 (2018) and 12-1 (2019). A total of 67 coaches (52%) were rated 0 or 1 entering the 2020 season -- either "untouchable" or at least "safe and secure" in their roles. Get the latest College Football rankings for the 2020 season. [1] In addition to the head coach, most teams also have at least one offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator;[1] however, the head coach will sometimes assume one of these roles as well. UTSA's Jeff Traylor, Rutgers' Greg Schiano, … 2020 Coaching Changes Karl Dorrell was named head football coach for Colorado on Sunday (February 23), replacing Mel Tucker who resigned on February 11 to fill the same position at Michigan State which became available when Mark Dantonio stepped down on February 4. Weighing in on the controversy, ESPN's Paul Finebaum labeled Gundy a "buffoon." 1 in a number of preseason 2020 polls, including USA Today's Coaches Poll. Who’s the best head coach in the game? Piece by piece, year by year, Jeremy Pruitt is rebuilding Tennessee. Since coming to then-dispirited Happy Valley in 2014, James Franklin has led Penn State to a 56-23 overall record. After talk of COVID-19 passes for coaches and a get-through … Sure, he hasn't been able to beat Ohio State, but he's given the Wolverines program back the bite it lost under the mostly middling Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke years. Nearly … Coaches are ranked from the good to the elite of the elites. Nick Saban's college-football resume can't be beat. USA TODAY Sports' annual review of coaches' compensation found that the average total pay for FBS head coaches in 2020-21 is $2.7 million, a 1.1% increase from last … Russell was named the program’s head […] Fourteen new hires have highlighted the 2020-21 college football coaching carousel including four SEC jobs. Ohio State's Ryan Day? If the SEC plays in 2020, he's set up for more success with a veteran offense that helped lead the 2019 Gators to an Orange Bowl win over Virginia. Scott Frost, Nebraska Cornhuskers. See where MSU ranks. Sources consulted in the making of this list include the 2020 Power Five coach rankings from our sister site, CBS Sports, and a ranking of every current FBS coach (all 130 of them) by Sporting News. The Scott Frost era in Nebraska wasn’t supposed to go like this. Hired (Dec. 7): Kiffin is back in the Power 5 after leading Florida Atlantic to a … The 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year had a disappointing 2019, with Northwestern going 3-9. © 2005-2021 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Fleck led the Golden Gophers to an 8-0 start in 2019: The school locked in its then-38-year-old head coach with a new, seven-year contract. 2019 was Kirk Ferentz's 21st year at Iowa -- and one of his best. Coaches are ranked from the good to the elite of the elites. One more season like that, and he'll become the winningest coach in the history of the Utes. Bryan Harsin is a power in the Mountain West Conference, where he's led the Boise State Broncos to five straight bowl-game appearances. The 2020-21 college football coaching carousel revealed the ruthless side of the sport. Matt Campbell has Iowa State on a roll with three straight bowl appearances from 2017-2019. In just two seasons at Florida, Dan Mullen has already tallied 21 wins. Since 2017, UAB has gone 28-13 under Clark, with three bowl-game appearances. He had previously been head coach from 2001 to 2011. A second round of Schiano magic would be appreciated by the Scarlet Knights faithful. He's won at a .645 clip, he's led the program to three Top 20 finishes in the Associated Press postseason poll -- and he's a Top 10 recruiter. From there, he'll be just another decent season away from Knute Rockne. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) includes 130 teams. But since that start in 2016, Mendenhall has righted things. The sport of college football is filled with top-tier offensive minds that are moving up the coaching ladder. The Longhorns were 25-15 in Herman's first three seasons. Tedford retired from Fresno State after the 2019 season. Swinney and quarterback Trevor Lawrence were heading into 2020 looking to repeat their 2018 championship-winning run. In his first three years at Oklahoma, all Lincoln Riley has done is go 36-6, lead the Sooners to the 2017 College Football Playoff, and provide showcases for Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and 2020 NFL Draft first-round pick CeeDee Lamb. His squad finished fifth in the AP's postseason poll. And while Stoops' own run began with a 2-10 record, he's now got the Wildcats back in the game, with four straight bowl appearances. In 2019, Tom Allen led Indiana to eight wins, the most for the Hoosiers since 1993. Ed Orgeron's gone from the guy USC wouldn't hire -- twice -- to one of the college game's coaching elites. He took a program that went 1-11 in 2016 under Tim DeRuyter (and interim Eric Kiesau) to two bowl wins and an overall 26-14 record from 2017-2019. In college football, there are 130 FBS head coaches, but only one No. "It's an amazing story," Clark told the Washington Post in 2018. In his first six seasons at Wake Forest, Dave Clawson led the Demon Deacons to four bowl appearances; his teams have won three of those big games. October 30, 2020 9:14 am. Please join us in praying for his family. But while Helton's tenure has vexed Trojans fans, he's got some nice stats. 1. Even after a 5-7 start to his West Virginia career in 2019, Neal Brown is considered a coach to watch. Hired by Kansas after the 2012 season, Mark Stoops took over a program that had won just four games in its last two years under Joker Phillips. See who NCAA college football head coaches chose in their Top 25. In 2019, Justin Fuente led Virginia Tech to an 8-5 season, a run that featured standout play from former three-star recruit Caleb Farley, a prospective early-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The list judges each coach on his overall resume up to, but not including, the 2020 season. Everybody's had a rough 2020; Mike Gundy's had a turbulent one. It's not easy being a football coach at a basketball school, but David Cutcliffe's done a respectable job of making Duke a more-than respectable player in the ACC. Riley is the Big 12 Conference's second highest-paid coach and is 36-6 with three league titles and a trio of College Football Playoff appearances … All Luke Fickell's done in Cincinnati is take the American Athletic Conference's Bearcats from 4-8 in his first year in 2017 to two straight 11-win seasons in 2018 and 2019. 2020 NCAA Football Coach Salaries Ranking USA Today has an updated ranking of head coach salaries around the country that includes COVID-19 salary reductions. With an 8-5 record for the Kansas State Wildcats in 2019, 247Sports' GoPowercat noted, Chris Klieman became the winningest first-year head coach in the program's history. In 2019, his Bulldogs went 12-2, and finished as the fourth-ranked team in the final AP poll. 247Sports' Brad Crawford has tagged Fickell as the No. Clark's first season as head coach was the final season before UAB dropped football. 2020 stood to mark his first campaign leading the program at Ole Miss. See who NCAA college football head coaches chose in their Top 25. Four more wins will move him past Ara Parseghian; another 11-2 season like 2019's will push him past Lou Holtz for the No. Here's what you should know: He's a winner. 2020 COACH RANKINGS BY CONFERENCE Big Ten | ACC | Pac-12 | Big 12. Jim Harbaugh was perhaps never more Jim Harbaugh than when fighting to save the 2020 season for Michigan. Find out where … 1. In a recent article, ESPN listed the FBS coaches that improved their stock the most in 2020. The highest-paid college football coaches in 2020, ranked By Joal Ryan 4 hours ago If wins were dollars, then Notre Dame 's Brian Kelly would be among the top-paid college football … Coaches love to build on stuff like that, so I know they’re excited. Who’s the best head coach in the game? If he can turn around Kansas, which hasn't posted a winning record since 2008, then he'll be an even bigger legend than he already is. This is a list of college football coaches with 200 career wins. Nobody's led TCU to more victories than Gary Patterson. Disappointing 2019 or no, David Shaw's track record at Stanford is strong enough to land him in our Top 25. Some of his most remarkable work was done with Fresno State. From 2016-2019, under the now-fired Chris Ash, Rutgers won a total of nine games. Minnesota knew what  to do when rising-star P.J. Important note: The following list was compiled before the start of the 2020 college football season. But Gundy made peace with Hubbard, cut his signature mullet and got back to work. Months after the noose tweet, Leach joined Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin to lobby for the removal of the Confederacy's stars and bars from the Mississippi state flag. 2020-21 college football coaching carousel: Will Muschamp to Georgia as analyst. This is Edsall's second stint as head coach at UConn. 2019 was Mario Cristobal's best year yet for Oregon: His Ducks won the Pac-12 North division, wrapped up the conference championship with a decisive win over the Utah Utes, and then upended Wisconsin for the Rose Bowl win. He promptly turned the Cardinals into an 8-5 success in 2019. Our entries have been vetted by 247Sports', ources consulted in the making of this list include the 2020, The list judges each coach on his overall resume up to, but, (Photo: © Marco Garcia, USA TODAY Sports), Tim DeRuyter (and interim Eric Kiesau) to two bowl wins and an overall 26-14 record from 2017-2019. Jimbo Fisher brings a national championship-winning resume to the game. Each team has one head coach. All three players were part of Saban's 2017 recruiting class that were rostered for the best defense in the College Football Playoff era (260.4 yards, 2017) and the worst (352.2 yards, 2020). With Tom Herman running the show, Texas is heading in the right direction again. Our entries have been vetted by 247Sports' national college-football team. Sometimes I feel like Smart is the SEC’s version of James Franklin. The 2020 college football season featured 24 new coaches at FBS programs, and with the year completed, it's time to grade and rank the hires. 2020: 3 3 .500 3 3 .500 Ryan Grubb: William Inge: Eric Schmidt: Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors: … Monday February 8, 2021 FBS Staff Tracker: The 2020-21 FBS Staff Tracker page, where you can see how each new head coach is filling their staff, is up and running. In his first 15 years with the Cowboys, Gundy led the program to 14 straight bowl appearances. Tedford, (Photo: Brianna Paciorka, Knoxville News Sentinel), (Photo: Bobby McDuffie/Icon Sportswire, Getty), (Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski, USA TODAY Sports), “Neal did a really, really underrated job of getting buy-in from the roster,” a fellow coach told Athlon, per a, (Photo: Steve Adelson/, 247Sports), (Photo: Scooter Waller, USA TODAY Sports), (Photo: Reese Strickland, USA TODAY Sports), (Photo: Shotgun Spratling |, USA TODAY Sports), (Photo: Albert Thomas/The Bootleg, 247Sports), (Photo: Harvey Levine-FOS/247, USA TODAY Sports), (Photo: Jeffrey Swinger, USA TODAY Sports), (Photo: John Rivera/Icon Sportswire, Getty), (Photo: © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY Sports). But he keeps his program in the hunt year after year in the powerhouse SEC. Herm Edwards has energized Arizona State since arriving in Tempe for the 2018 season. That's CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd on the USC coach, who seems to live in the hot seat. He's not No. Through the 2019 season, his 20th for the Horned Frogs, Patterson has recorded 172 wins. "The best outcome for [Clay] Helton may be football not being played." Our ranking of college football’s 50 best coaches reveals all. Since then, IU has flourished under Allen, posting an eight-win season in 2019, and rising in the top 25 polls during the 2020 campaign. After going 6-6 in Clark's first season leading the Blazers in 2014, UAB pulled the plug on football. Mike Leach has a four-year, $20 million contract with Mississippi State to duplicate the magic he worked for Texas Tech and Washington State. Some coaches see teams through bad times; Bill Clark saw UAB through end times. Or Franklin … This is Schiano's second stint as head coach at Rutgers. 1 college-football coach "destined" for a bigger, better job. Alabama’s Nick Saban? The four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year honoree led the Hawkeyes to  a 10-3 campaign that was capped off with a Holiday Bowl win over USC. He was still under contract to UAB when the school announced that it would reinstate football (ultimately in 2017), and was retained as head coach for the revived program. As the 2020 season nears an end and the coaching carousel gets ready to spin, these five college football coaches could be headed for an NFL job. In preseason 2020 polls, LSU was expected to be almost, but not quite as strong again. Full results in the Football Coaches Poll for November 15, 2020. Forget what you think of Lane Kiffin. He'll make his bid without DT Fabien Lovett, who transferred to Florida State after Leach tweeted a meme of a woman knitting a noose. Coaches' records updated through week 15 of the 2020 college football season. Florida State is betting a big salary that Norvell's the coach to get the Seminoles back on top. In 2019, he helped the Golden Bears score a bowl win -- the program's first since 2015. So far, so great for Josh Heupel at UCF. Full results in the Football Coaches Poll for December 20, 2020. His teams have notched three straight bowl appearances, and posted two straight winning records. Sure, Jeff Brohm's Purdue Boilermakers went 4-8 in 2019. He's led the Aggies to back-to-back, bowl-winning campaigns. 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True, he hasn't been able to solve Ohio State, but few have. He had previously been head coach from 2000 to 2010. … After producing the likes of Vince Young and Ricky Williams during a storied run at Texas, Mack Brown returned to North Carolina in 2019. Full results in the Football Coaches Poll for December 6, 2020. These are college football’s rising stars for 2020, with names listed in alphabetical order. In 2019, Ken Niumatalolo won his third career AAC Coach of the Year honor; the season was his 13th at Navy. Former Wesleyan University head coach Donald M. Russell has passed away at age 93. ince coming to then-dispirited Happy Valley in 2014, (Photo: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire, Getty), (Photo: John Byrum/Icon Sportswire, Getty), (Photo: UA Athletics/Collegiate Images, Getty), projected first-round 2021 NFL Draft pick, No. Fast fact: Sumlin was the highest-compensated college football coach in 2018, making $11.9 million thanks mostly to the $9.9 million that Texas A&M … But the thing is, the run was only Smart's second-best year with the Bulldogs. Bronco Mendenhall's first year with Virginia was about growing pains -- and going 2-10. In college football, there are 130 FBS head coaches, but only one No. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney? When the program was revived, Clark was ready to go again. “Neal did a really, really underrated job of getting buy-in from the roster,” a fellow coach told Athlon, per a 247Sports report. His Midshipmen went 11-2, including a win over Kansas in the Liberty Bowl. They think they’re headed in the right direction.”. Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 552-3010 552-3010: Brendan Bishop: Assistant Director of Football Operations 552-3010 552-3010: @BrendanBishop2: Dave Bucar: Offensive Analyst 552-3010 552-3010: Rob Chudzinski: Special Assistant to Head Football Coach Chad Creamer Swinney has a case for the top spot. In 2019, Paul Chryst led Wisconsin to the top of the Big Ten-West division -- for the third time in his first five years with the Badgers. (Nobody's coached there longer, either.) We grade those new hires and their impact on the upcoming season. 1. All FBS schools except six (Army, BYU, Liberty, UMass, New Mexico State, & Notre Dame) are members of one of these conferences. Our entries have been vetted by 247Sports' national college-football team. Mike Norvell capped a four-year run at Memphis with a 2019 campaign that resulted in a trip to the Cotton Bowl. How good has Kirby Smart been at Georgia? He had previously been head coach from 1988 to 1997. After stints in the NFL and at Ohio State, Schiano is back in New Brunswick, New Jersey -- and just in time. Our ranking of college football’s 50 best coaches reveals all. And while the results on the field have been mixed so far, the Sun Devils' profile has risen, along with its allure to top-tier high-school talents. 247Sports' preseason Top 25 had Ohio State ranked No.