Coaching carousel winners and losers: Grades for every college football hire ahead of 2020

It has seldom been riskier to be a head coach. Just ask Willie Taggart (Florida State), Joe Moorhead (Mississippi State) or Chad Morris (Arkansas), all of whom failed to make it to Year 3. Washington's Chris Petersen blamed burn out when he decided to step down in the midst of a hall of fame career.

It's so risky that we had to grade the 2020 hires again. Five more schools changed coaches since we thought the coaching carousel had stopped spinning on Dec. 20, 2019.

It's so risky that there were 22 coaching changes in the latest silly season, which we can only hope is now completed. That makes 71 coaching changes in the last three seasons. (Arkansas, Florida State and Mississippi State each changed twice.) That's more than half of FBS since the end of the 2016 season.

The money has never been better. The security? Well, that's another thing.

The rapid turnover perhaps means less available experience. Only five of the 22 new coaches this cycle have Power Five head coaching experience: Mike Leach (Mississippi State), Todd Graham (Hawaii), Brady Hoke (San Diego State), Lane Kiffin (Ole Miss) and Steve Addazio (Colorado State). Only Leach was in a Power Five job when hired.



CBS Sports Senior Writer

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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