2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2010 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams 120
Duration September 2 – December 11
Preseason AP #1 Alabama Crimson Tide
Post-season
Duration December 18, 2010 – February 5, 2011
Bowl games 38 (35 team-competitive and 3 all-star)
Heisman Trophy Cam Newton, Auburn, QB
Championship bowl game
2011 BCS Championship Game
Site University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Arizona
Winner Auburn Tigers
Division I FBS football seasons
← 2009
2011 →

The 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season, or the college football season, began on Thursday, September 2, 2010. The season progressed through the regular season and bowl season, and (aside from all-star exhibition games that follow the bowl games) concluded with the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game on Monday, January 10, 2011.

Rule changes for 2010[edit]

Conference realignment[edit]

During the first half of 2010, and especially starting in May of that year, several conferences were widely speculated to be considering expansion, and a number of schools were believed to be seriously considering conference moves. Due to conference notice requirements, no changes announced in 2010 will take effect until at least 2011.

The first change to be officially announced came on June 10, when the Pacific-10 Conference announced that Colorado had accepted that conference's invitation to join. At the time, it was not yet known whether Colorado would officially join the Pac-10 in 2011 or 2012; in September 2010, it was confirmed for 2011.

The following day saw two schools change conferences:

In the following days, it was widely speculated that the five public schools in the Big 12 South Division (Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State) would leave as a unit for the Pac-10. A&M was also reported to be flirting with the SEC. However, a last-minute deal announced on June 14 saw Texas cast its lot with a truncated Big 12, with the remaining schools also pledging their support for the conference. Rebuffed by the Big 12 schools, the Pac-10 shifted its focus to the Mountain West, extending an invitation to Utah on June 16 to join effective in 2011. Utah officially accepted the next day. When Utah and Colorado join, the Pac-10 will officially become the Pac-12.

Two months later, reports surfaced indicating that Brigham Young would leave the Mountain West Conference to become an independent in football, with its other sports rejoining the school's former conference, the WAC. On August 31, BYU pulled a surprise, indeed becoming an independent football team, but instead joining the West Coast Conference for the 2011-12 season. The MWC responded on August 18 by inviting current WAC members Fresno State, Nevada, and Utah State. Utah State declined the MWC offer, but the other two accepted later that day. After threats of legal action by the WAC and the Fresno State-Nevada pairing, the two schools agreed to stay in the WAC through the 2011-12 season in exchange for a greatly reduced exit fee.

Realignment activity then shifted to Division I FCS for several weeks, although rumors continued to swirl regarding potential movement in several conferences. The Big East Conference also announced that it had extended an invitation to Villanova, a founding non-football member, to upgrade its football program to FBS level and join in that sport. On November 11, the WAC announced that Texas State, currently a member of the FCS Southland Conference, and UTSA, which planned to launch an FCS program in that conference in 2011, would upgrade their football programs to FBS level, join the WAC in 2012, and become full FBS members in 2013. On November 29, the next major domino fell when TCU announced it would join the Big East in 2012 (less than a year later, on October 10, 2011, TCU announced that it would not join the Big East and would join the Big 12 in 2012 instead).[3] The MWC replaced TCU for football only with Hawaiʻi on December 10; Hawaiʻi's other sports will join the Big West Conference.

Records[edit]

  • Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno, in his 45th season, has achieved a feat that no coach in major college football history has ever reached: the 400-win mark. Paterno already held records for the most wins in major college football history as well as the most bowl wins (24) in college football history. However, the NCAA later vacated all of Paterno's wins from 2010 (and every other season between 1998 and his firing in 2011) as a result of the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
  • Kyle Brotzman of Boise State set a new Division I record for most career points by a kicker. His 439 career points surpassed the former record of 433 by Art Carmody of Louisville.
  • Miami (Ohio) became the first team in FBS history to win 10 or more games after losing 10 or more games in the previous season.

New and expanded stadiums[edit]

No new stadiums opened in the 2010 season. However, expansion projects at several stadiums were completed in time for the season:

Notes[edit]

  • This was an unranked season for USC in USA Today's football coaches' poll because the school is under major NCAA sanctions and prohibited from playing in a bowl.[4]
  • The University of Texas reached an agreement with ESPN to distribute the Longhorn Network on cable systems in the fall of 2011. The deal is for 10 years and guarantees Texas $12 million annually on top of the TV revenue UT would receive as part of the Big 12's current television contracts with ABC/ESPN and Fox. The Longhorn Network would be the first sports-centric network for a university and would have third-tier programming, but UT men's AD DeLoss Dodds has asked the Big 12 to be allowed to air one football game, and a smattering of men's basketball games.[1]
  • November 26, 2010 – The CBS telecast of the Iron Bowl (Alabama vs. Auburn) earned a 7.5 rating, the highest for any game of the 2010 college football season through week 13.[7]

Ten most watched regular season games in 2010[edit]

  • 1. November 26 - Iron Bowl/The Cam-Back - CBS - 2 Auburn vs 9 Alabama - 12.5 Million viewers
  • 2. December 4 - 2010 SEC Championship - CBS - 1 Auburn vs 19 South Carolina - 10.1 Million viewers
  • 3. September 6 - ESPN - 3 Boise State vs. 5 Virginia Tech - 9.9 Million viewers
  • 4. December 4 - 2010 Big 12 Championship - ESPN on ABC - 13 Nebraska vs 10 Oklahoma - 8.98 Million viewers
  • 5. October 2 - CBS - 7 Florida vs 1 Alabama - 8.6 Million viewers
  • 6. November 13 - Deep South's Oldest Rivalry - CBS - Georgia vs 2 Auburn - 8.3 Million viewers
  • 7. September 25 - CBS - 1 Alabama vs 10 Arkansas - 8.2 Million viewers
  • 8. November 26 - ESPN - 21 Arizona vs 1 Oregon - 7.8 Million viewers
  • 9. October 9 - CBS - 1 Alabama vs 19 South Carolina - 7.7 Million viewers
  • 10. September 11 - ESPN - 18 Penn State vs 1 Alabama -7.2 Million viewers

7 of 10 games involved with SEC teams - All seven involved a team from the State of Alabama

Conference standings[edit]

2010 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#17 Florida State x   7 2         10 4  
#23 Maryland   5 3         9 4  
#25 NC State   5 3         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Clemson   4 4         6 7  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Coastal
#16 Virginia Tech x   8 0         11 3  
Miami   5 3         7 6  
North Carolina   4 4         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         6 7  
Virginia   1 7         4 8  
Duke   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Virginia Tech 44, Florida State 33
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll
2010 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#20 Nebraska xy   6 2         10 4  
#18 Missouri x   6 2         10 3  
Kansas State   3 5         7 6  
Iowa State   3 5         5 7  
Colorado   2 6         5 7  
Kansas   1 7         3 9  
South
#6 Oklahoma xy   6 2         12 2  
#13 Oklahoma State x   6 2         11 2  
#19 Texas A&M x   6 2         9 4  
Baylor   4 4         7 6  
Texas Tech   3 5         8 5  
Texas   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 20
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2010 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Connecticut §   5 2         8 5  
West Virginia §   5 2         9 4  
Pittsburgh §   5 2         8 5  
Syracuse   4 3         8 5  
South Florida   3 4         8 5  
Louisville   3 4         7 6  
Cincinnati   2 5         4 8  
Rutgers   1 6         4 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
§ – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll
2010 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Wisconsin §   7 1         11 2  
#5 Ohio State   0* 1         0* 1  
#14 Michigan State §   7 1         11 2  
Iowa   4 4         8 5  
Illinois   4 4         7 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 6  
Michigan   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         7 6  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         5 7  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
  • *All wins for Ohio State (12-1, 7-1) and Penn State (7-6, 4-4) in the 2010 season are vacated
    As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll[8][9]
2010 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#21 UCF x   7 1         11 3  
East Carolina   5 3         6 7  
Southern Miss   5 3         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         5 7  
UAB   3 5         4 8  
Memphis   0 8         1 11  
West
SMU xy   6 2         7 7  
#24 Tulsa x   6 2         10 3  
Houston   4 4         5 7  
UTEP   3 5         6 7  
Rice   3 5         4 8  
Tulane   2 6         4 8  
Championship: UCF 17, SMU 7
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll
2010 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Navy               9 4  
Notre Dame               8 5  
Army               7 6  
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll
2010 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Miami x   7 1         10 4  
Ohio   6 2         8 5  
Temple   5 3         8 4  
Kent State   4 4         5 7  
Bowling Green   1 7         2 10  
Buffalo   1 7         2 10  
Akron   1 7         1 11  
West
Northern Illinois x   8 0         11 3  
Toledo   7 1         8 5  
Western Michigan   5 3         6 6  
Ball State   3 5         4 8  
Central Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Eastern Michigan   2 6         2 10  
Championship: Miami 26, Northern Illinois 21
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2010 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 TCU   8 0         13 0  
Utah   7 1         10 3  
Air Force   5 3         9 4  
San Diego State   5 3         9 4  
BYU   5 3         7 6  
Colorado State   2 6         3 9  
UNLV   2 6         2 11  
Wyoming   1 7         3 9  
New Mexico   1 7         1 11  
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll
2010 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Oregon   9 0         12 1  
#4 Stanford   8 1         12 1  
USC*   5 4         8 5  
Washington   5 4         7 6  
Arizona   4 5         7 6  
Arizona State   4 5         6 6  
Oregon State   4 5         5 7  
California   3 6         5 7  
UCLA   2 7         4 8  
Washington State   1 8         2 10  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
  • USC ineligible for championship and post-season due to NCAA sanctions
    As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll[10]
2010 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#22 South Carolina x   5 3         9 5  
Florida   4 4         8 5  
Georgia   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   3 5         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         6 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Auburn x   8 0         14 0  
#12 Arkansas   6 2         10 3  
#8 LSU   6 2         11 2  
#10 Alabama   5 3         10 3  
#15 Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Ole Miss   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Auburn 56, South Carolina 17
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2010 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
FIU §   6 2         7 6  
Troy §   6 2         8 5  
Middle Tennessee   5 3         6 7  
Arkansas State   4 4         4 8  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 4         5 7  
Florida Atlantic   3 5         4 8  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 5         3 9  
North Texas   3 5         3 9  
WKU   2 6         2 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll
2010 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Nevada §   7 1         13 1  
#9 Boise State §   7 1         12 1  
Hawaii §   7 1         10 4  
Fresno State   5 3         8 5  
Louisiana Tech   4 4         5 7  
Idaho   3 5         6 7  
Utah State   2 6         4 8  
New Mexico State   1 7         2 10  
San Jose State   0 8         1 11  
§ – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Championship games[edit]

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
ACC Virginia TechBCS Florida State 44–33 Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech[11] Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson[11] Ralph Friedgen, Maryland[12]
Big 12 OklahomaBCS Nebraska 23–20 Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State[13] Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska[13] Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State[13]
C-USA UCF SMU 17–7 Dwayne Harris, WR/KR, East Carolina (MVP)[14]
G.J. Kinne, QB, Tulsa[14]
Bruce Miller, DE, UCF[14] George O'Leary, UCF[15]
MAC Miami (OH) Northern Illinois 26–21 Chad Spann, RB, Northern Illinois[16] Roosevelt Nix, DT, Kent State[16] Mike Haywood, Miami[16]
SEC AuburnBCS South Carolina 56–17 Cam Newton, QB, Auburn[17] Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU[17] Steve Spurrier, South Carolina[17]

Other conference winners[edit]

Conference Champion Record Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
Big East ConnecticutBCS
West Virginia
Pittsburgh
8–4
9–3
7–5
Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut[18] Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh[18] Randy Edsall, Connecticut and Charlie Strong, Louisville[18]
Big Ten Michigan State
Ohio StateBCS (vacated)
WisconsinBCS
11–1
11–1
11–1
Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan[19] Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue[19] Mark Dantonio, Michigan State[19]
MWC TCUBCS 12–0 Andy Dalton, QB, TCU[20] Tank Carder, LB, TCU[20] Brady Hoke, San Diego State[20]
Pac-10 OregonBCS 12–0 Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford[21] Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State[21] Chip Kelly, Oregon[21]
Sun Belt Florida International
Troy
6–6
7–5
T. Y. Hilton, WR/KR, FIU (Player of the Year)[22]
Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky (Offensive POY)[22]
Jamari Lattimore, DE, Middle Tennessee[22] Mario Cristobal, FIU[22]
WAC Nevada
Boise State
Hawaiʻi
12–1
11–1
10–3
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State and Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada[23] Chris Carter, DE, Fresno State[23] Chris Ault, Nevada[23]

Final BCS rankings[edit]

BCS School Record BCS Bowl Game
1 Auburn 13–0 Natl Championship
2 Oregon 12–0 Natl Championship
3 TCU 12–0 Rose
4 Stanford 11–1 Orange
5 Wisconsin 11–1 Rose
6 Ohio State 0–1(11 wins vacated) Sugar
7 Oklahoma 11–2 Fiesta
8 Arkansas 10–2 Sugar
9 Michigan State 11–1
10 Boise State 11–1
11 LSU 10–2
12 Missouri 10–2
13 Virginia Tech 11–2 Orange
14 Oklahoma State 10–2
15 Nevada 12–1
16 Alabama 9–3
17 Texas A&M 9–3
18 Nebraska 10–3
19 Utah 10–2
20 South Carolina 9–4
21 Mississippi State 8–4
22 West Virginia 9–3
23 Florida State 9–4
24 Hawaiʻi 10–3
25 UCF 10–3

Bowl games[edit]

Non-BCS Contests
Date Game Site Television Participants and Results
Dec. 18 New Mexico Bowl University Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
2:00 pm
ESPN Brigham Young (6-6) 52
UTEP (6-6) 24
uDrove Humanitarian Bowl Bronco Stadium
Boise State University
Boise, ID
5:30 pm
Northern Illinois (10-3) 40
Fresno State (8-4) 17
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, LA
9:00 pm
Troy (7-5) 48
Ohio (8-4) 21
Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
8:00 pm
Southern Mississippi (8-4) 28
Louisville (6-6) 31
Dec. 22 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Whitney, NV
8:00 pm
#19 Utah (10-2) 3
#10 Boise State (11-1) 26
Dec. 23 SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
8:00 pm
Navy (9-3) 14
San Diego State (8-4) 35
Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
8:00 pm
#24 Hawaiʻi (10-3) 35
Tulsa (9-3) 62
Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Ford Field
Detroit, MI
8:30 pm
Florida International (6-6) 34
Toledo (8-4) 32
Dec. 27 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
5:00 pm
ESPN2 Air Force (8-4) 14
Georgia Tech (6-6) 7
Dec. 28 Champs Sports Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
6:30 pm
ESPN #22 West Virginia (9-3) 7
North Carolina State (9-3) 23
Insight Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
10:00 pm
#12 Missouri (10-2) 24
Iowa (7-5) 27
Dec. 29 Military Bowl Pres. By Northrop Grumman RFK Stadium
Washington D.C.
2:30 pm
East Carolina (6-6) 20
Maryland (8-4) 51
Texas Bowl Reliant Stadium
Houston, TX
6:00 pm
Illinois (6-6) 38
Baylor (7-5) 14
Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio, TX
9:15 pm
#14 Oklahoma State (10-2) 36
Arizona (7-5) 10
Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Southern Methodist University
University Park, TX
12:00 pm
Army (6-6) 16
Southern Methodist (7-6) 14
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium
The Bronx, New York, NY
3:20 pm
Kansas State (7-5) 34
Syracuse (7-5) 36
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl LP Field
Nashville, TN
6:40 pm
North Carolina (7-5) 30
Tennessee (6-6) 27 (2OT)
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
10:00 pm
#18 Nebraska (10-3) 7
Washington (6-6) 19
Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
12:00 pm
South Florida (7-5) 31
Clemson (6-6) 26
Hyundai Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas El Paso
El Paso, TX
2:00 pm
CBS Notre Dame (7-5) 33
Miami (FL) (7-5) 17
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl
Memphis, TN
3:30 pm
ESPN Georgia (6-6) 6
#25 Central Florida (10-3) 10
Chick-fil-A Bowl Georgia Dome
Atlanta, GA
7:30 pm
#20 South Carolina (9-4) 17
#23 Florida State (9-4) 26
Jan. 1 TicketCity Bowl Cotton Bowl
Fair Park, Dallas, TX
12:00 pm
ESPNU Northwestern (7-5) 38
Texas Tech (7-5) 45
Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
1:00 pm
ABC Florida (8-4) 37
Penn State (7-5) 24
Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
1:00 pm
ESPN #16 Alabama (9-3) 49
#9 Michigan State (11-1) 7
Progressive Gator Bowl EverBank Field
Jacksonville, FL
1:30 pm
ESPN2 #21 Mississippi State (8-4) 52
Michigan (7-5) 14
Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl Ladd Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
8:00 pm
ESPN Middle Tennessee (6-6) 21
Miami (OH) (9-4) 35
Jan. 7 AT&T Cotton Bowl Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, TX
8:00 pm
Fox #11 LSU (10-2) 41
#17 Texas A&M (9-3) 24
Jan. 8 BBVA Compass Bowl Legion Field
Birmingham, AL
12:00 pm
ESPN Pittsburgh (7-5) 27
Kentucky (6-6) 10
Jan. 9 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA
9:00 pm
#15 Nevada (12-1) 20
Boston College (7-5) 13
Bowl Championship Series 2011 Schedule
Date Game Site Television Participants and Results
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
4:30 pm
ESPN #5 Wisconsin (11-1) 19
#3 TCU (12-0) 21
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, AZ
8:30 pm
Connecticut (8-4) 20
#7 Oklahoma (11-2) 48
Jan. 3 Discover Orange Bowl Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
8:30 pm
#4 Stanford (11-1) 40
#13 Virginia Tech (11-2) 12
Jan. 4 Allstate Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, LA
8:30 pm
#6 Ohio State (11-1) 31
#8 Arkansas (10-2) 26
Jan. 10 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, AZ
8:30 pm
#2 Oregon (12-0) 19
#1 Auburn (13-0) 22

Heisman Trophy voting[edit]

The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.

Player School Position 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Cam Newton Auburn QB 729 24 28 2263
Andrew Luck Stanford QB 78 309 227 1079
LaMichael James Oregon RB 22 313 224 916
Kellen Moore Boise State QB 40 165 122 635[24]

Awards and honors[edit]

Overall[edit]

Niche

Offense[edit]

Quarterback

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Tight End

Lineman

Defense[edit]

Defensive Line

Linebacker

Defensive Back

Special teams[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Assistant

All-Americans[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Preseason and in-season[edit]

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2010. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2010, see 2009 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Vanderbilt Bobby Johnson July 14 Retired Robbie Caldwell[25]
Minnesota Tim Brewster October 17 Fired after 1–6 start Jeff Horton (interim)[26]
North Texas Todd Dodge October 20 Fired after 1–6 start Mike Canales (interim)[27]
Colorado Dan Hawkins November 9 Fired after 3–6 start Brian Cabral (interim)[28]

End of season[edit]

Note:

  • All dates in November and December are in 2010; all January dates are in 2011.
  • The "resigned/fired" listing indicates that a coach technically resigned, but at least one media report has stated that he was effectively fired.
School Outgoing coach Date of departure Reason Replacement Date of replacement
Kent State Doug Martin November 21 (effective November 27)[29] Resigned Darrell Hazell December 20
Ball State Stan Parrish November 22[30] Fired Pete Lembo[31] December 20
Vanderbilt Robbie Caldwell November 27[32] Resigned James Franklin[33] December 17
Miami (FL) Randy Shannon November 27[34] Fired Al Golden[35] December 12
Indiana Bill Lynch November 28[36] Fired Kevin Wilson[37] December 7
Arkansas State Steve Roberts November 29[38] Resigned/fired[39] Hugh Freeze[39] December 2
Louisiana-Lafayette Rickey Bustle November 29[40] Fired Mark Hudspeth[41] December 13
North Texas Mike Canales (interim) November 30[42] Permanent replacement Dan McCarney[42] November 30
Minnesota Jeff Horton (interim) December 5[43] Permanent replacement Jerry Kill[43] December 5
Northern Illinois Jerry Kill December 5[43] Hired by Minnesota[43] Tom Matukewicz (interim)[44] December 9
Dave Doeren (permanent)[45] December 13 (effective January 2)
Colorado Brian Cabral (interim) December 6[46] Permanent replacement Jon Embree December 6
Florida Urban Meyer December 8 (effective January 2)[47] Resigned Will Muschamp[48] December 11 (effective January 2)
Pittsburgh Dave Wannstedt December 7[49] Resigned/fired Mike Haywood[50] December 16 (fired on Jan. 1)
Temple Al Golden December 12 Hired by Miami (FL)[35] Steve Addazio[51] December 22 (effective date TBA)
Miami (OH) Mike Haywood December 16 Hired by Pittsburgh[50] Lance Guidry (interim)[52] December 16
Don Treadwell (permanent)[53] December 31 (effective January 10)
Maryland Ralph Friedgen December 20 Fired Randy Edsall[54] January 2
Pittsburgh Mike Haywood January 1 Fired[55] Phil Bennett (interim) January 3
Todd Graham (permanent)[56] January 10
Connecticut Randy Edsall January 2 Hired by Maryland[54] Paul Pasqualoni[57] January 13
Michigan Rich Rodriguez January 5 Fired[58] Brady Hoke[59] January 11
Stanford Jim Harbaugh January 7 Hired by San Francisco 49ers[60] David Shaw[61] January 13
Tulsa Todd Graham January 10 Hired by Pittsburgh[56] Bill Blankenship[62] January 14
San Diego State Brady Hoke January 11 Hired by Michigan[59] Rocky Long[63] January 12

See also[edit]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Eye black messages, wedge blocks out
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