In the 2015 college football season 12 head coaches have been fired, although that might not be the final numbers as there are still conference championship games, bowl games and Sun Belt conference games to play. Among the notable names to be let go are Mark Richt from Georgia, Steve Sarkisian from USC, Al Golden from Miami and Paul Rhoads from Iowa State.
Mark Richt, Georgia
Richt might end up winning 10 games for the 10th time with the program because he’s allowed to coach in the bowl game with the Bulldogs. He’s fired after a 9-3 season and 15 years overall in Athens, posting a 145-51 record, including 83-37 in the SEC. Georgia won the conference twice during his tenure, going to a bowl game every year and finishing in the top 25 11 times, including six top 10 finishes and three times in the top 5.
Steve Sarkisian, USC
Sarkisian was let go less because of his record with USC (12-6 since 2014) and more because of his inability to keep his off field problems away from the football field, reportedly showing up to practice drunk and maybe even coaching games under the influence. USC were 3-2 when he left his post in something of a mutual agreement after a 9-4 debut season with the Trojans, that included winning a bowl game.
Al Golden, Miami
Golden was fired after a 4-3 start to the season, let go a day after the humiliating 58-0 loss to Clemson. Miami went 32-25 during his time with the ‘Canes, including 17-18 in the ACC, losing the two bowl games they made, although two of his years the program was ineligible to make bowl games.
Randy Edsall, Maryland
Edsall lost his job with the Terps six games into the 2015 season after a 2-4 start, including going 0-2 in the Big Ten. This came a few months after he got a 3-year extension through 2019 worth $7.5 million. He had a 22-33 record in Maryland, making two bowl games, losing them both.
Scott Shafer, Syracuse
The decision to fire Shafer was made during the 2015 season, but he was allowed to complete his third and final year with Syracuse, posting a 4-8 record to make it a disappointing 14-23 since 2013, finishing above .500 (and winning a bowl game) just once, during his first year.
Tim Beckman, Illinois
Beckman was fired from the Fighting Illini before the season even began, after the preliminary results of an internal investigation substantiated accusations of gross player mistreatment. Most seriously, the investigation found that he’d forced players to play through serious injuries and had the medical staff clear these players too soon. He coached Illinois for three seasons, posting a 12-25 record (4-20 in the Big Ten), making one bowl game and losing it.
Kyle Flood, Rutgers
Flood was doomed before the season began, and Rutgers finishing 4-8, including just 1-7 in the Big Ten sealed his fate. He completed four years with the Scarlet Knights, including two in the Big Ten, going 27-24 and making it to three Bowl games.
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State
Rhoads was with Iowa State since 2009, posting a 32-55 record through 2015, with the decision to terminate his contract coming midway through the season, but letting him coach through it. The Cyclones had just one winning season under Rhoads, making three bowl games and going 16-45 in the Big 12.
Curtis Johnson, Tulane
Johnson was fired after a second consecutive 3-9 season, as Tulane find it difficult to handle life in the American Conference. Johnson was 15-34 overall in Tulane, including one winning season that included a trip to the New Orleans Bowl, which they lost.
Norm Chow, Hawaii
Chow didn’t complete his fourth season in with the Warriors, going 2-7 and let go after a 58-7 loss to Air Force. Hawaii won just 10 games under Chow in four years, winning just 4 out of 29 conference games.
Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe
Berry was fired just before the end of his sixth season with the Warhawks, going 1-9 in 2015 and 28-43 overall, including a 20-25 record in the Sun Belt, with just one bowl game the team went to during his time with the program.
Dan McCarney, North Texas
McCarney was in North Texas since their start in the FBS, posting a 22-32 record through five games in 2015. He was fired after an 0-5 start and a 66-7 loss to Portland State. He made one bowl game with the Mean Green in 2013, his only winning season (9-4) with the program.
Other coaching changes were Steve Spurrier at South Carolina (retired), Mike London at Virginia (resigned), Gary Pinkel from Missouri (retired), George O’Leary from UFC (resigned), Jerry Kill from Minnesota (retired) and Frank Beamer from Virginia Tech (Retiring).