Washington Steals Boise State's Petersen
|Coaching Changes For 2014 Season|
|Boise State||Chris Petersen||Bob Gregory (i)|
|Connecticut||Paul Pasqualoni (0-4)||T.J. Weist (i) (2-5)|
|Eastern Michigan||Ron English (1-8)||Stan Parrish (i) (1-2)|
|FAU||Carl Pelini (2-6)||Brian Wright (i) (4-0)|
|Miami (Ohio)||Don Treadwell (0-5)
Mike Bath (i) (0-7)
|Chuck Martin (2014)|
|Wake Forest||Jim Grobe||?|
|USC||Lane Kiffin (3-2)||Ed Orgeron (i) (6-2)
Clay Hilton (i) (bowl game)
Steve Sarkisian (2014)
|Washington||Steve Sarkisian||Chris Petersen|
|(i) - Interim head coach regular season|
Sarkisian, a former BYU quarterback, was 34-29 in 5 seasons at Washington. He was 24-21 in PAC-12 games with 5-4 records in each of his last four seasons and 4 bowl trips. The school did not immediately name an interim head coach for its bowl game.
Sarkisian was an assistant for 7 years at USC under Pete Carroll and coached alongside Lane Kiffin for 2 years as co-offensive coordinator.
Kiffin was the first head coach to be let go during the 2013 season. He was unceremoniously canned in the early morning hours of September 29 upon arriving back in L.A. after a 62-41 loss at Arizona dropped USC to 0-2 in the PAC-12 and 3-2 overall. It was the Trojan's 7th loss in their last 11 games. The one promising unit this season had been the defense, but the 62 points they surrendered to the Sun Devils tied for the most points allowed in the history of the program, equaling the mark reached by Oregon last year.
Kiffin's overall record at USC was 28-15, including a 17-12 conference mark. The 2011 team would have played for the PAC-12 title were it not for probation tied to the Pete Carroll-led Reggie Bush years. But the 2012 squad - one which was widely expected to contend for the national title - finished 7-6 after losing 5-of-6 down the stretch. USC was 1-5 in its last 6 conference games under Lane.
Orgeron was Kiffin's associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach. Orgeron's 3-year stint as head coach at Ole Miss produced a 10–25 record and a dismal 3–21 SEC mark from 2005-2007.
Jim Grobe announced his resignation on Monday (December 2) after 13 seasons at Wake Forest. He was 77-82 and led his team to the 2006 ACC title with a 9-6 win over Georgia Tech, followed by the school's first and only appearance in a major bowl game where the Demon Deacons lost 24-13 to Louisville in the Orange Bowl. He leaves tied with Peahead Walker (77-51-6 from 1937-1950) as the school's all-time wins leader.
Dave Christensen was let go by Wyoming on Sunday (December 1) after a 5-year tenure that produced a 27-34 overall record, along with a 16-22 Mountain West mark (Pete Kaligis was interim head coach in the 2012 loss to Boise State while Christensen served a one-game suspension for a profanity-laced tirade after a loss to Air Force). The 2013 season started off on a promising note with a 3-point loss at Nebraska, followed by victories in 4 of the next 5 games. But the Cowboys' schedule was more difficult in the latter half and Wyoming's only victory in its last six games was a 59-56 overtime affair versus then-winless Hawaii.
Eastern Michigan dumped 5-year head coach Ron English on Friday (November 8), the day before its home game with Western Michigan. English had spent nearly 5 full seasons in Ypsilanti where he guided the Eagles to only 11 wins in 57 games (11-46) and was 1-8 this year. EMU appointed offensive coordinator Stan Parrish as interim head coach. Parrish has served as head coach for short stints at Kansas State and Ball State at the FBS level, and Marshall when the Herd was 1-AA program in the mid-80's. Parrish's FBS career record is 8-49-1, including 6-19 at Ball State from 2009-2010 and the 2008 GMAC Bowl.
FAU head football coach Carl Pelini was fired on Wednesday (October 30) after it was discovered he and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis had smoked marijuana at a recent social event. Rekstis was also fired. Offensive Coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim head coach.
Pelini did not speak publicly but Director of Athletics Pat Chun issued a statement on his behalf which read, "I apologize for exercising poor judgment. My greatest concerns at this time are for my family, the dedicated FAU players and my staff. I am confident that Pat Chun and the University administration will continue to move the program forward."
A month later, Pelini sought to undo his resignation and get his job back, so FAU withdrew his letter of resignation and officially fired him with no further mention or allegation of drug use.
FAU was 2-6 overall, 1-4 in CUSA play, at the time of his firing. After the 2012 season, the school moved from the Sun Belt where the Owls were 3-9 overall and 2-6 in under Pelini.
UConn's Paul Pasqualoni was fired September 30, one day after USC canned Kiffin, following a 41-12 loss at Buffalo. That embarrassing defeat came just a week after Connecticut nearly upset Michigan at home, blowing a 21-7 3rd quarter lead to fall 24-21. Associate head coach George DeLeone was also let go and offensive coordinator T.J. Weist was named interim head coach. Weist had overseen an offense that ranked last in the bowl subdivision in rushing, and 119th out of 123 teams in total offense.
Pasqualoni was 10-18 in a little more than 2 seasons with the Huskies.
31 schools began the 2013 season with new head coaches.