College Football Coaching Carousel – How Matt Rhule Fits In, Ranking Open Jobs, Latest Hot Spot Buzz

For the first time since Labor Day weekend, no college head coach lost their jobs this week. But the first major change in the NFL coaching ranks could have a significant impact at the college level.

Matt Rhule is out with the Carolina Panthers after a 1-4 start and an 11-27 overall record with the team. Suddenly, one of the most successful and available college coaching candidates is back on the market.

There’s no guarantee that Rhule wants to return to training immediately, but if he does, he should have good opportunities with five Power 5 jobs available and more to come. Although he interviewed for NFL head coaching jobs for three straight years before landing the Carolina gig in January 2020, Rhule has spent most of his career in college football. As a college head coach, he won 10 games in each of his last two seasons at Temple before surprisingly taking the job at Baylor, which followed sexual assault lawsuits that led to changes radicals. After going 1-11 in his freshman season, Rhule led Baylor to the Big 12 Championship Game in 2019 and a Sugar Bowl appearance before heading to Carolina.

Many successful college coaches have struggled in the NFL, including Nick Saban, but also Pete Carroll in his first round. Rhule is a New Yorker who played at Penn State, but he has a lot of geographic diversity in his profile. He would be a strong contender in Nebraska, Arizona State and possibly Wisconsin, although interim coach Jim Leonhard has the inside lane there.

Bottom line: Any major college program would be foolish not to consider Rhule, especially with him on the market right now, meaning he could be in place before the transfer portal opens and early signing period in December .

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Ranking of open FBS jobs

While the 2021 coaching carousel ended up being defined by far-reaching movement and overall volume, this year’s cycle will likely be remembered for its active start, as five Power 5 jobs were open within days of the switchover. calendar in October.

Each vacancy presents exciting opportunities for candidates, but also clear challenges. There are no USC-LSU-Notre Dame type jobs open yet, but all five jobs have had some national relevance in the past.

Here’s the breakdown and ranking of the five open jobs, from worst to best.