The 2019-20 college football coaching carousel turned up a few surprises, and a few more should be in store through the offseason cycle.
Chris Petersen’s resignation at Washington and Greg Schiano’s return to Rutgers are the biggest storylines so far, but more are sure to follow with the 10 openings that need to be filled across the FBS. Keep in mind there are three open SEC jobs to fill.
A total of 12 coaching jobs have opened so far, which would be the fewest in the last five years. Sporting News will track the new coaches here as that carousel continues to spin.
New FBS coaches for 2020 season
Rutgers: Greg Schiano
Hired (Dec. 1): Rutgers went back to Schiano, who had a 68-67 record with the school from 2001-11 before taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job in the NFL. Schiano gained a better understanding about what it takes to win in the Big Ten East from a three-year stint as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator from 2016-18, and he should be able to elevate the recruiting from the Scarlet Knights. This is a massive renovation project, but Rutgers can’t complain. Since Schiano left, the Scarlet Knights are 36-63 the last eight seasons.
Washington: Jimmy Lake
Hired (Dec. 2): Petersen’s resignation came as a surprise to many, but the program maintained continuity with the immediate hire of Lake. Lake, 42, is a first-time head coach who served as the defensive coordinator the last four seasons under Petersen. Lake spent six seasons in the NFL as a defensive backs coach before joining Petersen at Boise State, and he should offer a fresh take on a system that has proven to work in the Pac-12 North.
2020 FBS coaching changes
|SCHOOL||FORMER COACH||NEW COACH|
|Rutgers||Chris Ash||Greg Schiano|
|Florida State||Willie Taggart||TBD|
|Boston College||Steve Addazio||TBD|
|Ole Miss||Matt Luke||TBD|
|Old Dominion||Bobby Wilder||TBD|
|Washington||Chris Petersen||Jimmy Lake|
|Colorado State||Mike Bobo||TBD|