A&M fires JImbo Fisher

Texas A&M fired coach Jimbo Fisher today. He’ll be paid a $76M buyout, double the largest previous buyout, because he had signed a 10 year contract in 2021 to keep him from going to LSU.

Boise State has fired its coach

Penn State fired its OC.

Mississippi State has fired its coach.

Brady Hoke (San Diego State) is retiring at the end of the season.

Perhaps the Gophers should hire him!
Roger Lohr

Which ‘him’? And can he row the boat?

There has to be more that I don’t see. Why are, and have been for a few years, teams firing their HC, and others, with two games left? I can see that if it is for cause but if a team has come two games from the end why not just let them finish the season? It doesn’t affect me one way or the other. I have just wondered.

John Papenhagen

At many schools, especially public ones, there are procedural hurdles that have to be dealt with before a vacancy can be declared and an official hiring process begun, including advertising the opening. At Nebraska I believe they have to get it approved as a ‘hiring emergency’ or the process could take two months or longer to open the position, especially when there are hiring freezes in place, as there often are in these budget-limited days. (I’ve heard of vacancies at UNL in roles most people would consider critical that took over a year before they could start interviewing candidates.)

Now, that doesn’t mean schools can’t be preparing short lists of candidates, or possibly even making behind-the-scenes contacts via third parties ahead of then.

Wasn’t it Bill Moos who said that every AD has a list in his desk drawer of the coaches he’d like to be able to hire if he could?

By waiting until after the regular season ends, usually on Thanksgiving weekend, that shortens the time between when the firing is announced and when the early signing period begins. Schools may feel that having an extra two weeks for the remaining staff to contact the recruits and convince them that even with a new coach (or possibly a whole new coaching staff) there are still a lot of plusses at the school might help keep the defections down, or at least give time for players to think before they react.

But who knows if last year’s Colorado upheaval has reset that process?

And as Shakespeare wrote: “If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly;” (Macbeth) He was referring to an assassination of the king, which at some schools is tantamount to firing the football coach. :slight_smile:

Syracuse fired its coach today after 8 seasons and a 41-55 record. How long and how fast will the coaching carousel spin this year? Can any teams grab the brass ring?

It sure doesn’t seem like Nebraska did last year…

I think I’d rather have had the season Nebraska is having than the one Colorado wound up with. Except for Michigan every game had winning chances.

Rhule has won 5 games, I think the over/under was 5.5 wins. Injuries certainly hurt, but every team gets those.

I’m cautiously optimistic about next year, even though the schedule is harder than this year’s (and that’ll be the case every year in the new Big 10+8.) Roster upgrades will tell the tale.

I’ll be more optimistic if Rhule gets rid of Satterfield and replaces him with a quality OC.

BTW, the Huskers just scored in the 14th minute and lead Cal-Irvine 1-0.

Greg Zimmerman, UNL '75
Overland Park, Kansas

Seems like no chance of that ahead of 2024, but Rhule has been willing to make changes to his coaching roster and assignments in the past, both in the off-season and mid-season.

30th minute, Huskers lead 2-0. GBR!

Greg Zimmerman, UNL '75
Overland Park, Kansas

40th minute, Huskers lead 3-0. Looking good. But then the Huskers were looking good yesterday with a 14-0 lead. :slight_smile:

Greg Zimmerman, UNL '75
Overland Park, Kansas

Yeah, but it’s a lot easier to score 14 points in football than 3 points in soccer.

Quite true. You don’t often see a 3-0 lead evaporate in soccer. Let’s hope that holds. 2nd half underway on ESPN+

Greg Zimmerman, UNL '75
Overland Park, Kansas

Eleanor Dale with her 28th goal in the 87th minute on a set piece. Huskers lead 4-0.

Greg Zimmerman, UNL '75
Overland Park, Kansas

Final score Bugeaters 4, Anteaters 0.

Greg Zimmerman, UNL '75
Overland Park, Kansas

East Tennessee fires its coach.

Arkansas decides not to fire its coach.