The New Head Coaches
The Class of 2013 - Part 2
The New Head Coaches For ...
2012 | 2011
2013 New Head Coaches
- Arkansas to Idaho
2013 New Head Coaches
- Kent State to South Florida
2012 New Head Coaches
- Southern Miss to Wisconsin
Out With the Old … Darrell Hazell
In With the New … Paul Haynes
He Got the Job Because … he has very deep ties with the program, the state and the MAC. Haynes is a Kent man, a former defensive back from 1987-1991 with the Golden Flashes. He has also coached at the high school and college level in the state of Ohio, most recently as a member of Jim Tressel's Buckeyes from 2005-2011. His knowledge of the local high schools, many of which he recruited while in Columbus, has many believing he's the second-coming of Hazell.
His Top Priority Will Be To … develop a quarterback. The Golden Flashes have the nucleus to be terrific again in 2013, especially since complementary 1,000-yard rushers Dri Archer and Trayion Archer still have eligibility left. Starting QB Spencer Keith has one game remaining, leaving Kent State with a hole behind center. If Haynes and his staff can locate a passing attack, the offense might be unstoppable.
Out With the Old … Joker Phillips
In With the New … Mark Stoops
He Got the Job Because … he's one of the best young defensive coaches in college football. And the Wildcats need defensive help to have a shot of competing in the SEC. Kentucky may have timed its hiring of Stoops perfectly, before he outgrew the opening. The coach will whip this D into shape, while leveraging his contacts in Florida and Ohio in order to upgrade the program's overall talent level.
His Top Priority Will Be To … gradually get the Wildcats recruiting like an SEC program. Kentucky is going nowhere in the East Division if it cannot somewhat narrow the gap in personnel with the likes of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Stoops is a native Ohioan, and he has coached in Miami and Tallahassee, so his recruiting ties have very deep roots.
Out With the Old … Sonny Dykes
In With the New … Skip Holtz
He Got the Job Because … the Bulldogs didn't have the stomach to start over. After winning nine games and spending weeks in the Top 25 this fall, Tech was looking for a seasoned head coach who could bridge what Dykes had built, with as few interruptions as possible. Holtz collapsed at South Florida, but did win back-to-back Conference USA titles with East Carolina in 2008 and 2009, and has 13 seasons of head coaching experience.
His Top Priority Will Be To … hand the reins of the offense off to someone else. Tech was able to hire a proven head coach because of the work Dykes did with the offensive attack that leads the country in scoring. Holtz, on the other hand, has long struggled with the conservative nature of his attacks. He has to get out of the way, and hire an innovative coordinator who can develop a quarterback and maximize the talent of a deep backfield.
Out With the Old … Tom O'Brien
In With the New … Dave Doeren
He Got the Job Because … he's been a success everywhere he's been. Doeren has steadily climbed the ladder, from a young coordinator at Kansas and Wisconsin to a successful head coach at Northern Illinois. In two years with the Huskies, he went 23-4, guiding the team to the Orange Bowl. Doeren maximized the potential in DeKalb. He was hired to do the very same thing in Raleigh.
His Top Priority Will Be To … win the state of North Carolina. The region is steeped in terrific high school players, but many of them go to Chapel Hill or cross the border into SEC country. Since Doeren, a lifelong Midwest guy, has no ties to the area, it's imperative that he hire assistants who do and that he hits the road with authority leading up to signing day.
Out With the Old … Chris Ault
In With the New … Brian Polian
He Got the Job Because … the Wolf Pack view him as a rising star in the coaching ranks, and a worthy successor to a legend. Polian is young, energetic and well-respected for his ability to attract talent. He, as much as Charlie Weis, was instrumental in getting Manti Te'o from Hawaii to South Bend four years ago. Since 2005, he's been an assistant with the Irish, Stanford and Texas A&M, and has the pedigree that comes from being the son of longtime NFL exec Bill Polian.
His Top Priority Will Be To … assemble a staff that has more experience than he does, and be sure that at least a couple of those assistants have West Coast ties. Not only is Polian young, but he's typically been no more than a special teams coach in the past. He was hired late in the process, so he and his new staff will need to hustle in order to keep the current recruiting class together.
Out With the Old … Dave Doeren
In With the New … Rod Carey
He Got the Job Because … he provides the Huskies with the continuity it was seeking. Why mess with success? Rather than look outside the program to replace Doeren, Northern Illinois chose instead to go with the coordinator of an offense leading the MAC at more than 40 points per game. Carey has made a quick ascent up the ranks, using Wisconsin-Stout, Illinois State and North Dakota as stepping stones to DeKalb.
His Top Priority Will Be To … have his Huskies prepared and focused for the biggest game in school history. No, Carey doesn't necessarily have to beat Florida State in the upcoming Orange Bowl to prove that he was the right choice to earn the promotion. But think about how much the coach has to gain in terms of recruiting and momentum for 2013 if his kids prove the critics wrong by hanging with the heavily-favored Seminoles.
Out With the Old … Danny Hope
In With the New … Darrell Hazell
He Got the Job Because … bringing Kent State to the lip of the BCS bowl cup warrants a huge promotion. Hazell was nothing short of transformational in two years with the Golden Flashes, leading the program to 11 wins and its first postseason game in four decades. The coach spent seven years under Jim Tressel at Ohio State, knows the Big Ten and is regarded as a deft Midwest recruiter and talent evaluator.
His Top Priority Will Be To … develop playmakers. Hazell is an offensive guy, one of the many reasons he was attractive to Boilermakers AD Morgan Burke. Yeah, injuries have plagued the attack, but Purdue can no longer accept excuses about a unit that's sputtered ever since Joe Tiller retired. The new staff has to find a way to goose the offense, for the good of the program and the turnstiles.
San Jose State
Out With the Old … Mike MacIntyre
In With the New … Ron Caragher
He Got the Job Because … he's already proven once that he can maintain another coach's success, going 44-22 as the heir apparent to Jim Harbaugh at San Diego. His teams have always been aggressive, both at unleashing his quarterback and getting after the other team's quarterback. Caragher prepped in San Jose, so he has a familiarity with the region and local high school coaches.
His Top Priority Will Be To … not mess things up. MacIntyre did a brilliant job with the Spartans before accepting an offer to coach Colorado. Caragher would be wise not to micromanage a collection of returners that will be very good again in 2013. More than a dozen All-WAC performers figure to be back next fall, including David Fales, a quarterback who could have an NFL future.
Out With the Old … Skip Holtz
In With the New … Willie Taggart
He Got the Job Because … he's young, upwardly-mobile and has already proven that he can imbue life into a struggling program. Taggart earned a promotion and a pay raise based on his work at Western Kentucky. After getting his feet wet in 2010, he delivered back-to-back 7-5 seasons, which is akin to going 10-2 at most other schools. South Florida needs a builder after Holtz proved to be a big disappointment.
His Top Priority Will Be To … maximize the surroundings. Holtz had access to great facilities, a fertile recruiting base and a manageable league, yet blew the chance to elevate the Bulls. Taggart has the same luxuries and the same opportunity to grow alongside USF. His first recruits will be the current players in Tampa, who've been demoralized by the last two seasons of futility.