Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell looks on in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Temple, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Coaching Changes in College Football

With the college football regular season coming to an end, the firing-hiring coaching process is underway across the country, throwing fans for a loop. With the early signing period in the 2022-23 season, it is important for programs to stay on top of the new recruiting class, despite prevalent leadership alterations.

The Coaching Carousel

After Paul Chryst was let go from the program, the Wisconsin Badgers signed Luke Fickell as the new head coach,. Fickell comes from Cincinnati after posting a 57-18 record in six seasons with the Bearcats. He had three double-digit win seasons, two conference titles and a berth in the College Football Playoffs following the 2021 season.

The Nebraska Huskers hired ex-Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule to step in for the ousted Scott Frost. Rhule is a program builder. He took Baylor, a disaster of a team prior to his leadership, to the Sugar Bowl in his third year as head coach. In three seasons at Baylor, Rhule was 19-20.

Still on the hunt for a permanent replacement is the Auburn Tigers. Bryan Harsin was fired after the Tigers’ Week 9, 41-27 loss to Arkansas. Auburn underwent several changes in its athletic department after various scandals plagued the program. Harsin was only 21 games in as head coach when he faced these issues. Since then, Carnell “Cadillac” Williams took over as Auburn interim head coach to finish out the season. Previously an all-American running back at Auburn, Williams has served as an assistant coach for the Tigers during the previous four seasons. Since being named interim head coach, Williams led a 2-2 Tiger team with wins over Texas A&M and Western Kentucky.

Moving Forward

Keep on the lookout as Georgia Tech, Boulder, South Florida, FAU, Stanford and Tulsa among many, look for permanent replacements for the remainder of their seasons and into next year.

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