- 6 Slides
College football coach carousel: Every FBS coaching change in 2020
The FBS coaching carousel is starting to turn, even in a season affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have been more than 20 head-coaching changes in FBS every season since 2015. That number might decrease in 2020 — but there have been six changes so far.
Arkansas State is the sixth school that will have a new coach in 2021. Blake Anderson, who spent the past seven seasons with the Red Wolves, took the vacant job at Utah State.
Sporting News will monitor the coaches who resign, retire or are fired heading into next season.
Jay Hopson, Southern Miss
Resigned (Sept. 7): Hopson resigned after a season-opening loss to South Alabama. Scotty Walden was the interim coach for four games, and now Tim Billings is the coach for the remainder of the season. Hopson had a 28-23 record through five seasons with the Golden Eagles.
Gary Andersen, Utah State
Fired (Nov. 7): Utah State parted ways with Andersen after opening the 2020 season with three consecutive losses. It was Andersen’s second stint with the Aggies. He had a 7-23 record at Oregon State from 2015-17 after a 19-7 mark at Wisconsin from 2013-14.
Hired (Dec. 10): The Aggies hired Blake Anderson, who spent the last seven season at Arkansas State, as their next head coach. Anderson, 51, had a 51-37 record with the Red Wolves.
Will Muschamp, South Carolina
Fired (Nov. 16): South Carolina fired Muschamp after the Gamecocks allowed 48 points or more in three consecutive losses. South Carolina had a 28-30 record under Muschamp, but that included a 17-22 record in SEC play. The former Florida coach could not get the Gamecocks past the nine-win mark in five seasons.
Hired (Dec. 5): Oklahoma assistant Shane Beamer will take over for Muschamp, according to multiple reports. Beamer, the son of former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, served as an assistant under Steve Spurrier at South Carolina from 2007-10. He also was the Gamecocks’ recruiting coordinator for part of his tenure in Columbia. He later worked at Virginia Tech and Georgia before moving to Oklahoma. At Oklahoma, he was assistant head coach for offense, tight ends and H-backs under Lincoln Riley.
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
Fired (Nov. 29): Mason was fired one day after a 41-0 loss to Missouri. Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will serve as the interim coach. The Commodores were 0-8 in Mason’s seventh season. Vanderbilt has one just one win in SEC play the last two seasons. Mason finished with a 27-55 record.
Matt Viator, UL-Monroe
Fired (Dec. 7):Louisiana-Monroe fired Matt Viator after five seasons. The Warhawks slipped to 0-10 in 2020. UL-Monroe allowed 30 points or more in every game. Viator led the Warhawks to a 6-6 record in 2018, but the team could never pass the .500 mark.
Blake Anderson, Arkansas State
Resigned (Dec. 10): Anderson resigned from Arkansas State and accepted the head coaching job at Utah State. Anderson had a 51-37 record with the Red Wolves the last seven seasons, and he led Arkansas State to six bowl appearances and two Sun Belt championships.