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College football coaching news, hirings, firings, potential openings

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Seven Power 5 head coaches have been fired (Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State, Matt Luke at Ole Miss, Steve Addazio at Boston College, Barry Odom at Missouri, Chad Morris at Arkansas, Willie Taggart at FSU and Chris Ash at Rutgers).

We share which coaches could be on the move, and which jobs are the right fit for those coaches.

So, what's next in the college football coaching carousel? This will be your home for all coaching news, intel and insights throughout the season, along with the latest updates on the hot seat.

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Coaches staying put | Arkansas | Hot seat 

Washington State names Rolovich coach

Washington State has named Hawai'i's Nick Rolovich as its head coach, the school announced Tuesday.

He is expected to sign a five-year deal worth approximately $3 million annually, a source told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

Rolovich guided the Rainbow Warriors to a 10-win season in 2019 and compiled a 28-27 record during his four-year stint as the program's coach. 

Rolovich, 40, will replace Mike Leach, who was named coach at Mississippi State. Leach went 55-47 in his eight seasons in Pullman and took the Cougars to a school-record five consecutive bowl games over the past five seasons. 

  • News: Washington State names Hawai'i's Rolovich coach

Matt Rhule leaves Baylor for Carolina Panthers, Dave Aranda hired from LSU

The Baylor Bears are expected to hire LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as their next head coach, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

Aranda replaces Matt Rhule, who last week left to become head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Rhule spent three seasons at Baylor and this past season guided the Bears to 11 wins, a spot in the Big 12 championship game and a Sugar Bowl appearance.

  • News: Sources: Baylor's Matt Rhule to be Panthers' next coach

  • News: Baylor expected to hire LSU's Dave Aranda

Mississippi State hires Mike Leach

Washington State coach Mike Leach will be the new head coach at Mississippi State, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

Leach replaces Joe Moorhead, who had a 14-12 record with the Bulldogs, culminating with a 38-28 loss to Louisville in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

  • News: Sources: Mike Leach leaves Washington State for Mississippi State

  • News: Mississippi State fires Moorhead

Ole Miss names Lane Kiffin new head coach

Lane Kiffin will be the next head football coach at Ole Miss, the school announced Saturday.

Kiffin, whose Florida Atlantic team won the Conference USA title 49-6 over UAB, replaces Matt Luke, who was dismissed after three seasons.

The 44-year-old Kiffin was Florida Atlantic's head coach for the past three seasons. Prior to that, he was Alabama's offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2016.

"Our staff and I will work tirelessly to recruit and develop successful players for this program, and I look forward to producing many exciting memories to add to Ole Miss' storied football legacy," Kiffin said in a press release. "I am excited to get to Oxford and begin the groundwork of building a championship program that Mississippi's flagship university deserves, and I'm thrilled to be back in the greatest athletics' conference in the nation."

Ole Miss dismissed Luke on Dec. 1 after he had gone 15-21 in three seasons at the helm.

  • News: Ole Miss fires Luke

  • News: Ole Miss apologizes after dog urination celebration

  • Feature: All-access with Lane Kiffin

Mike Norvell agrees to deal with Florida State

After Florida State fired head coach Willie Taggart in November after just 21 games at the helm, the Seminoles may have found their next coach in Memphis' Mike Norvell.

Norvell agreed to a deal with the Seminoles after leading Memphis to an American Athletic Conference championship victory over Cincinnati on Saturday, sources told ESPN's Chris Low.

Norvell, 38, led Memphis to a 12-1 record and likely a New Year's Six berth after his Tigers beat Cincinnati 29-24 in the AAC title game.

He will replace Taggart, who went 9-12 in one and a half seasons for the Seminoles. Florida State said in a statement that it would introduce its next coach at a news conference on Sunday at noon ET.

  • News: Florida State fires Taggart after less than 2 years

  • News: FSU AD says there was no advantage in waiting to fire Taggart

Chris Petersen steps down at Washington

Washington coach Chris Petersen will step down after the Huskies' bowl game and be replaced by defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake, the school announced Monday.

As part of the shocking announcement, the school said Petersen will transition into a "leadership advisory role" within the athletic department.

"It has been a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution," Petersen said in a statement. "I will forever be grateful, honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to coach our fine young men on Montlake for these past six seasons."

Petersen, 55, arrived at Washington prior to the 2014 season and led the Huskies to a pair of Pac-12 titles and a berth in the College Football Playoff in 2016. His career record of 146-38 includes eight seasons as Boise State, where he famously led the Broncos to a pair of Fiesta Bowl victories and four top-10 finishes in the AP poll.

Lake has been on Petersen's staff since 2012 at Boise State, was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2016 and has been the Huskies' sole defensive coordinator the last two seasons.

  • News: Petersen steps down at Washington

  • News: Jimmy Lake dismisses OC Hamdan as staff shake-up begins

Boston College fires coach Addazio, hires Hafley

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley will be Boston College's next coach, the school announced Saturday.

In a statement, BC athletic director Martin Jarmond said Hafley was "someone we targeted from the outset."

Hafley, 40, is in his first season at Ohio State but has helped the defense dramatically improve. The New Jersey native spent the previous seven seasons with three NFL teams, including the past three as San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach.

Hafley replaces Steve Addazio, who was fired on Dec. 1, a day after the team finished the regular season at 6-6. Addazio, who went 44-44 in seven seasons at Boston College, on Thursday was introduced as Colorado State's head coach.

  • News: BC fires Addazio after seven seasons

  • News: BC names Ohio State assistant Jeff Hafley new coach

Rutgers fires Chris Ash, eventually rehires Greg Schiano

Rutgers was the first coaching domino to fall this season, when it fired head coach Chris Ash on Sept. 29 following a 1-3 start. Ash went 8-32 in three-plus seasons at the school. Nunzio Campanile, who had been the tight ends coach before the change, is the interim coach and is now also serving as offensive coordinator.

  • News: Rutgers fires Ash after 8 wins in 3-plus seasons

  • News: Source: Rutgers-Schiano reunion talks fall apart

  • News: Just kidding! Rutgers hires Schiano after all

Missouri fires coach Odom, hires Drinkwitz

After a 1-5 finish to the year and Barry Odom accruing an overall record of 25-25 (13-19 in SEC play), the Tigers fired Odom on Nov. 30.

"As a program, we had tremendous momentum coming into the 2019 season with the opening of the new south end zone facility as well as other strategic investments in our football program," Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement. "However, we lost a great deal of that energy during the last half of the season. This decision was difficult to make but was necessary."

On Dec. 8, sources told ESPN that Eli Drinkwitz has reached an agreement to become Missouri's next head football coach and a deal is being finalized.

  • News: Missouri finalizing deal to hire Drinkwitz

  • News: Mizzou fires Odom after four seasons

Vanderbilt retains Mason; PSU's Franklin gets new contract; Helton to return to USC

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason will return for a seventh season in 2020, athletic director Malcolm Turner announced Tuesday.

The Commodores are just 2-8 this fall, leading to speculation about a possible coaching change. But Turner said Mason has his "full support" as the school tries to enhance facilities and other support areas for the program.

Other coaches staying put

  • News: Penn State rewards James Franklin with new contract

  • News: Clay Helton will return for fifth season as USC coach

Arkansas fires Chad Morris, hires Sam Pittman

Arkansas fired Chad Morris after he was just 4-18 overall since replacing Bret Bielema in December 2017 and winless in 14 SEC games. On Dec. 8, the Razorbacks hired Sam Pittman as their new head coach.

  • News: Arkansas hires Pittman

  • News: Arkansas fires Morris after 4-18 start

Hot seat intel, updates

Which big names could be on the move? We track potential openings, firings and transactions.

  • ESPN+: Coaching carousel hypotheticals

  • ESPN+: Defensive coordinators on the rise

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