The 2018 FBS head-coaching carousel ended, not surprisingly, on a quiet note Friday as Akron hired Chattanooga's Tom Arth as its coach, filling the last remaining vacancy.
Nothing against Arth, who holds the distinct achievement of playing quarterback in the NFL, CFL, Arena league and NFL Europa, but he's not a name that resonates outside his native northeast Ohio. There are resonating names among this year's batch of new coaches, but mainly because of who they once were, rather than who they are now. The returns of Les Miles and Mack Brown to Kansas and North Carolina, respectively, combined with no change at USC and Ohio State promoting Ryan Day to succeed Urban Meyer, made this year's carousel decidedly tamer than last year's, when many brand-name programs and recognizable coaches were involved. Like last year, 21 FBS schools made changes, but it felt decidedly different.