April 17th, 2014 01:15 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Basketball John Brady, Georgia, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt
The University of Tennessee is currently searching for it’s third new basketball coach since 2005. The Vols have also had to hire three new football coaches in that span. We believe such turnover suggests to outsiders that there’s some serious dysfunction that exists inside the walls at Tennessee. And we stated yesterday that Vol AD Dave Hart will likely have to answer questions about all of UT’s changes when discussing his hoops job with candidates.
Our observations didn’t sit too well with a few folks who let us know about it via email. The general gist was this: Every SEC school has turnover.
We decided to take a look and see just how much turnover should be considered normal.
We tallied the number of football coaches, basketball coaches and athletic directors for each athletic department from 2005 to now. While we list them below, we did not count interim hires as changes (because a full-time hire could have been made instead). We also did not count retirees who were allowed to walk away after lengthy careers (though they are listed below, as well). We were simply looking for changes necessitated by firings, force-outs and unexpected departures.
Below is our look at stability in the power positions across the SEC:
Football: Mike Shula, Nick Saban
Basketball: Mark Gottfried, Anthony Grant
AD: Mal Moore (died), Bill Battle
Total: 3 changes… We count this as 2 changes as Moore left office due to illness shortly before his death.
Football: Houston Nutt, Bobby Petrino, John L. Smith (Interim), Bret Bielema
Basketball: Stan Heath, John Pelphrey, Mike Anderson
AD: Frank Broyles (retired), Jeff Long
Total: 6 changes… We count this as 4 as Broyles retired and Smith was hired purely as an interim.
Football: Tommy Tuberville, Gene Chizik, Gus Malzahn
Basketball: Jeff Lebo, Tony Barbee, Bruce Pearl
AD: Jay Jacobs
Total: 4 changes
Football: Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp
Basketball: Billy Donovan
AD: Jeremy Foley
Total: 1 change
Football: Mark Richt
Basketball: Dennis Felton, Mark Fox
AD: Damon Evans, Greg McGarity
Total: 2 changes
Football: Rich Brooks (retired), Joker Phillips, Mark Stoops
Basketball: Tubby Smith, Billy Gillispie, John Calipari
AD: Mitch Barnhart
Total: 4 changes… We count 3 as Rich Brooks actually retired from coaching.
Football: Les Miles
Basketball: John Brady, Trent Johnson, Johnny Jones
AD: Skip Bertman, Joe Alleva
Total: 3 changes
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