SEC coaching staffs finally seem set

Hold your breath, but it looks as if we’ve finally reached the end of the coaching comings and goings in the SEC.

With Karl Dunbar officially on at Alabama and Matt House at Kentucky, we may have seen the last of the personnel moves.

So now feels like a good time to look back at all the new hires since the end of last season, starting with the teams with the fewest changes:

Ole Miss

New faces: N/A

The Skinny: The word “stability” doesn’t come to mind when you talk about the Rebs these days, but the staff has remained completely intact, giving Hugh Freeze a consistency few head coaches ever enjoy.


New faces: Torrian Gray (secondary)

The Skinny: Coordinators Doug Nussmeier and Geoff Collins were candidates for head-coaching jobs, but ultimately remained at Florida where Jim McElwain’s staff in Year 2 is plenty familiar.


New faces: Bob Shoop (defensive coordinator), Larry Scott (tight ends)

The Skinny: Butch Jones wasn’t compelled to make a move on defense, but he didn’t feel like he could pass on bringing in Shoop, who has a solid reputation as a defensive tactician.


New faces: Kurt Anderson (offensive line), Reggie Mitchell (running backs), Paul Rhoads (secondary)

The Skinny: Bret Bielema built his program on winning the line of scrimmage and running the football, and now he’ll have two new assistants leading those areas of the team.

Texas A&M

New faces: Noel Mazzone (offensive coordinator), Jim Turner (offensive line), David Turner (defensive tackles)

The Skinny: The writing was on the wall that Jake Spavital was on his way out, and Kevin Sumlin found a fine replacement in Mazzone, who spent the past six seasons at UCLA and Arizona State.


New faces: Jeremy Pruitt (defensive coordinator), Karl Dunbar (defensive line), Derrick Ansley (secondary), Brent Key (offensive line)

The Skinny: There’s familiarity in the staff changes at Alabama with Pruitt returning to Tuscaloosa where he began his career and former offensive line coach Mario Cristobal sliding over to coach offensive tackles and tight ends.


New faces: Dave Aranda (defensive coordinator), Dameyune Craig (wide receivers), Jabbar Juluke (running backs)

The Skinny: The addition of Aranda has LSU fans hopeful on defense, but it’s what isn’t new that’s most curious as the offensive staff remains intact after a disappointing season last year.

Mississippi State

New faces: Peter Sirmon (defensive coordinator), Brian Baker (defensive line), Terrell Buckley (secondary/recruiting coordinator), Maurice Linguist (safeties)

The Skinny: From the assistant coaches all the way down to the graduate assistants, Dan Mullen’s defense got a complete overhaul.


New faces: Kevin Steele (defensive coordinator), Kody Burns (wide receivers), Wesley McGriff (secondary), Herb Hand (offensive line), Travis Williams (linebackers)

The Skinny: Ellis Johnson was maybe too reserved and Will Muschamp maybe too bombastic. The man who replaces Auburn’s last two defensive coordinators, Steele, might be somewhere in the middle.


New faces: C.J. Ah You (defensive line), Jeff Genyk (running backs/special teams), Osia Lewis (outside linebackers), Chris Marve (inside linebackers), Cameron Norcross (offensive line)

The Skinny: For the second straight season Derek Mason is forgoing hiring a defensive coordinator, keeping the duties for himself. While it’s an unusual move, it worked out fairly well last year.


New faces: Eddie Gran (offensive coordinator), Darin Hinshaw (quarterbacks), Lamar Thomas (wide receivers), Steve Clinkscale (secondary), Matt House (inside linebackers)

The Skinny: While the formations aren’t likely to change, the additions of Gran and Hinshaw represent a move back to a more traditional offense for coach Mark Stoops.


New faces: Kirby Smart (head coach), Mel Tucker (defensive coordinator), Jim Chaney (offensive coordinator), Sam Pittman (offensive line), James Coley (wide receivers), Dell McGee (running backs), Shane Beamer (tight ends/special teams), Greg Schumann (inside linebackers)

The Skinny: Smart did well to retained defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and outside linebacker coach Kevin Sherrer, but his most impressive assistant coach hire might have been that of Pittman, who helped make Arkansas’ O-line one of the best in the conference.


New faces: Barry Odom (head coach), DeMontie Cross (defensive coordinator), Josh Heupel (offensive coordinator), Jackie Shipp (defensive line), Joe Jon Finley (tight ends), Glen Elarbee (offensive line), Greg Brown (secondary), Ryan Walters (safeties),

The Skinny: The transition for Odom seemed to go smoothly, with the notable exception of the Philadelphia Eagles snatching away defensive line coach Chris Wilson before he ever coached a snap at Missouri.

South Carolina

New faces: Will Muschamp (head coach), Travaris Robinson (defensive coordinator), Kurt Roper (offensive coordinator), Lance Thompson (defensive line), Bobby Bentley (running backs), Pat Washington (tight ends), Mike Peterson (outside linebackers), Bryan McClendon (wide receivers), Coleman Hutzler (linebackers/special teams)

The Skinny: Muschamp assembled a strong group of recruiters, but what remains to be seen is how his staff develops a depleted roster at South Carolina.