Recapping the Big 12's offseason coaching carousel

Matt Rhule brought many colleagues with him from Temple when he took over at Baylor. Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald via AP

The annual offseason coaching carousel has almost come to a stop. Here’s a closer look at who’s gone and who’s new in the Big 12 heading into 2017. Only two coaching staffs in the conference -- Oklahoma and Iowa State -- are set to bring all their assistants back. A rundown of all the changes thus far:


Out: Jim Grobe, Kendal Briles (Florida Atlantic), Phil Bennett (Arizona State), Jeff Lebby, Tate Wallis, Randy Clements, Chris Achuff, Jim Gush, Cris Dishman, Carlton Buckels

In: Hired Matt Rhule (HC), Matt Lubick (co-OC/WRs), Jeff Nixon (co-OC/RBs), Phil Snow (DC), Glenn Thomas (QBs), Joey McGuire (TEs), George DeLeone (OL), Elijah Robinson (DL), Mike Siravo (LBs), Francis Brown (DBs)

Six of Rhule’s assistant coaches followed him from Temple to Waco, Texas; staff roles weren't due to be made official until Thursday. Snow coordinated defenses that gave up an average of 18.7 points per game over the past three seasons, best in the American Athletic Conference. Rhule took an intriguing approach with his offensive-coordinator vacancy, putting a former Oregon OC in Lubick and an ex-NFL assistant in Nixon in charge of designing the Bears’ new brand of offense. Hiring McGuire and former Baylor quarterback Shawn Bell straight from the Texas high school ranks was crucial for getting the Bears’ recruiting back on track.


Out: Rob Likens (Arizona State), Michael Slater (Arizona State), Jason Phillips (Oregon State)

In: Hired Doug Meacham (OC/WRs), promoted Garrett Riley (QBs)

After putting himself in charge of Kansas’ offensive playcalling in 2016, head coach David Beaty could not have found a better assistant to deliver on his Air Raid vision. Meacham leaving TCU for Kansas was a surprising coup for this program that should deliver instant improvement. Riley, the 27-year-old younger brother of Oklahoma OC Lincoln Riley, is now in charge of KU’s quarterbacks after serving as an offensive analyst last season. The Jayhawks still need to hire a defensive-line coach after Slater’s contract was not renewed.

Kansas State

Out: Del Miller (retired)

In: Hired Collin Klein (QBs)

Kansas State hired a new assistant for the first time since 2013 when Klein rejoined the program after one year at Northern Iowa to replace his mentor Miller, who’s retiring after 45 years of coaching and 20 as a Wildcat. Head coach Bill Snyder has said Miller will stick around this spring to help out, which should make this transition go smoothly. This is a terrific opportunity for Klein, the 27-year-old who was a Heisman finalist at K-State, and his experience operating the offense will be an asset for Jesse Ertz and his fellow quarterbacks.

Oklahoma State

Out: Marcus Arroyo (Oregon), Greg Adkins

In: Hired Josh Henson (OL), John Wozniak (RBs)

Arroyo, the Ducks’ new co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was an energetic coach and recruiter for the Cowboys and will be tough to replace. Wozniak, a former Oklahoma State grad assistant with a lot of experience working for ex-OC Todd Monken, looks like a good fit. Henson served as an analyst on Mike Gundy’s staff for the past year after his stint at offensive coordinator at Missouri. He knows the personnel well and should give the Pokes’ offensive-line recruiting a boost.


Out: Charlie Strong (USF), Sterlin Gilbert (USF), Matt Mattox (USF), Brian Jean-Mary (USF), Charlie Williams (USF), Jeff Trayor (SMU), Brick Haley (Missouri), Clay Jennings (Houston), Vance Bedford, Anthony Johnson

In: Hired Tom Herman (HC), Tim Beck (OC/QBs), Stan Drayton (RBs), Drew Mehringer (WRs), Corby Meekins (TEs), Derek Warehime (OL), Todd Orlando (DC), Oscar Giles (DL), Jason Washington (DBs), Craig Naivar (STs/DBs)

Herman put together a staff full of guys he knows and trusts. Bringing over Orlando was essential, and he’s one of seven new Texas assistants who worked for Herman at Houston. Drayton worked with him at Ohio State and has an impressive résumé of developing running backs. When Major Applewhite got the UH job, Herman turned to Beck -- the man who replaced him at Ohio State -- as his No. 1 choice for offensive coordinator. Beck has six years of experience coaching in the Big 12 at Nebraska and Kansas.


Out: Meacham (Kansas)

In: Hired Chris Thomsen (OL), promoted Curtis Luper (co-OC)

The departure of Meacham is pretty much a promotion for Sonny Cumbie, and a well-deserved one. Cumbie is taking over full playcalling duties for the first time in his coaching career, and Luper gets a nice title bump, too. Thomsen, a TCU grad, comes over from Arizona State to upgrade the Frogs’ offensive-line play. He has a ton of experience coaching in Texas and worked with Cumbie at Texas Tech in 2012. Another savvy move by Gary Patterson: hiring former Cal coach Sonny Dykes as an offensive analyst/consultant.

Texas Tech

Out: DeShaun Foster (UCLA), Kevin Patrick (N.C. State), Lee Hays

In: Hired Brandon Jones (OL), Jabbar Juluke (RBs)

Kliff Kingsbury hired Juluke a year ago, but he bailed after one month for a job at LSU. When Ed Orgeron demoted Juluke the day after signing day, Texas Tech once again had an opening and he came back to Lubbock. His extensive experience coaching high school ball in Louisiana makes Juluke a serious asset in recruiting. Jones, a former Texas Tech lineman, was a natural choice to come home and take over the offensive line. The Red Raiders are still seeking a defensive-line coach following Patrick’s one-year stint.

West Virginia

Out: Ron Crook (Cincinnati), JaJuan Seider (Florida), Blue Adams (USF)

In: Hired Jake Spavital (OC/QBs), Tony Dews (RBs), Doug Belk (CBs)

Dana Holgorsen is handing over playcalling duties to Spavital, his protégé who returns to Morgantown after OC stints at Texas A&M and Cal. Seider and Adams did a great job and aren’t easy to replace. Dews was a longtime Rich Rodriguez assistant who’d previously coached at WVU in 2007. Belk is definitely an intriguing hire. He spent the past three years as a GA at Alabama learning how to coach defensive backs under Nick Saban, Kirby Smart and Jeremy Pruitt. It’s probably safe to say he has a bright future.