Sunday has all the indications of being a coaching free for all. There are currently eight openings now that the first has been filled with Charlotte hiring Michigan assistant Biff Poggi, but more changes are ahead.
Though pink slips have been limited over the last few weeks, teams looking to make changes are likely waiting until the regular season concludes. That means a handful firings are likely ahead this Sunday — and there may even be some programs ready to make hires now that their top candidates have moved on to postseason play.
Our final Hot Seat Rankings update earlier this month covered many of the jobs that could still come open this cycle. As such, it's time to take one last look at some of those programs before asking who might fill the positions already vacant.
Potential future openings
- West Virginia: In Year 4, Neal Brown is headed for his worst season with the Mountaineers — 4-8 if they lose to Oklahoma State. Does the administration even wait to hire a new athletic director?
- Navy: It will seemingly be Ken Niumatalolo's call after 16 seasons. The Midshipmen haven't had a winning campaign since 2019.
- New Mexico: Danny Gonzales is in the middle of his worst season with the Lobos (2-9, 7-23 overall).
- Texas State: Jake Spavital, Johnny Manziel's former offensive coordinator, is 13-34 in Year 4.
- Texas A&M: No, not Jimbo Fisher. But he'll most likely be convinced to hire a play-calling offensive coordinator.
Last year, there was record 31 job changes. It won't be anywhere near that this carousel. Maybe ADs are becoming more patient. Maybe there aren't that many jobs to fill. Going into this season, there had been 72 job changes across the last three years.
What we're hearing
Lane Kiffin is going to get paid either by Auburn as its No. 1 target or by Ole Miss in a retention play. Kiffin has won 18 games and counting in two seasons, two shy of the school record (20). Given his agent (Jimmy Sexton) and the current market, Kiffin might as well look for a total package in the high eight figures over 10 seasons. He's already the 11th-highest paid coach at $7.25 million per year. Sexton will leverage Ole Miss and Auburn against one another to ensure Kiffin gets paid, and reports that Kiffin has shot down already are only helping to that end.