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What hiring Lincoln Riley means for USC (1:11)

Adam Rittenberg breaks down what Lincoln Riley's move to USC means for the Trojans and the Oklahoma Sooners. (1:11)

Industry insiders warned us in 2020. Despite a higher-than-expected number of college football coaching changes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming carousel had a chance to be historically active.

The predictions are coming true.

Beginning with USC after two games and LSU after seven, schools are making coaching changes fast and furiously. Clay Helton, fired at USC, landed a new job at Georgia Southern by early November. In the span of a week, Florida moved on from Dan Mullen and replaced him with Louisiana's Billy Napier.

And hours after he quashed rumors that he would be going to LSU, Lincoln Riley is leaving Oklahoma and is headed to USC (and taking defensive coordinator Alex Grinch with him).

The early signing period for recruiting is fueling athletic directors this year, as they hope to finalize hires in time to salvage or bolster classes. There will be a flurry of activity from now until mid-December. Additionally, schools will look to lock up their coaches with contract extensions, as Penn State did with a new 10-year deal for James Franklin and Michigan State did with Mel Tucker.

We've got you covered. Here we'll provide the latest intel from Adam Rittenberg, Chris Low, Mark Schlabach and others on the biggest coaching searches, the jobs that could come open soon and the candidates to fill the vacancies. It will be updated throughout the carousel.


Latest buzz at:
Oklahoma | LSU | Virginia Tech | Duke

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Fickell staying put? | Getting warm in Miami? | More moves in Pac-12? | Other vacancies | Filled jobs


The latest chatter

• Fresno State coach Kalen DeBoer is set to become the new coach at Washington, sources told ESPN. He will head to Seattle after spending just two seasons at Fresno State, where he compiled a 12-6, including a 9-3 mark this season. Prior to becoming the head coach at Fresno State, DeBoer spent the 2019 season as the offensive coordinator at Indiana, which followed a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator under Jeff Tedford at Fresno State. -- Kyle Bonagura and Adam Rittenberg

Brent Pry, Penn State's veteran defensive coordinator, is a name to watch in the Virginia Tech head-coaching search. Pry has worked under James Franklin at both Penn State and Vanderbilt and is in his 30th year in coaching. Early in his career, Pry was a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech in the mid-1990s. Pry's defenses have finished in the top 25 nationally in total defense in eight of his past 12 seasons.

Virginia Tech was interested in Dave Clawson, but Wake Forest locked up Clawson with a multiyear contract.

Two other head-coaching jobs that make sense for Pry are Louisiana and Louisiana Tech. Pry was an assistant coach at Louisiana from 2002-06.