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Charlie Strong
Texas
2013 Record: 12-1 (Louisville)
Strong’s move from Louisville to Texas marked the most high-profile coaching change this offseason. He is replacing Texas legend Mack Brown, who retired after a 16-year stint with the Longhorns. He is also making history at Texas, becoming the first African-American head coach of any men’s sport in the school’s history. Strong inherits a team that went 8-5  in 2013. He recently made headlines this past week for having coaches and players stay together in the same dorm building throughout the duration of training camp.

 

 

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Bobby Petrino
Louisville
2013 Record: 8-4 (Western Kentucky)
Petrino came home to Louisville after being a part of other coaching carousels.  He was with the Cardinals from 2003-06 and then bounced from Arkansas to the NFL and eventually landed at Western Kentucky where he posted an 8-4 record this past season. This is also Louisville's first season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Petrino brings with him new defensive and offensive coordinators. Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee worked with Petrino at Arkansas and former Baylor head coach Kevin Steele will run the defense.

 

 

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Chris Petersen
Washington
2013 Record: 8-5 (Boise State)
Chris Petersen was able to resist the constant lure of other job offers during his eight seasons at Boise State until now. When Steve Sarkisian took the job at USC, Peterson could not decline the call from Washington athletic director Scott Woodward.  Petersen helped put Boise State on the map in the past decade and became as much of a football icon as the blue turf in Bronco Stadium.  The offensive-minded Peterson has made a career out of turning programs into conference contenders winning four WAC championships with Boise State.

 

 

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Steve Sarkisian
Southern California
2013 Record: 9-4 (Washington)
When Lane Kiffin was fired immediately after a blowout loss against Arizona State in September, the USC coaching search party was formed and it took until the end of the season for the Trojans to pull the trigger on Steve Sarkisian.  When Sarkisian took over in Washington in 2009, the Huskies were coming off an 0-12 season, but Sarkisian revived the program, posting a 34-29 record during his five seasons.  Sarkisian’s spent seven seasons as an assistant during the Pete Carroll era at USC coaching Heisman winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.

 

 

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Craig Bohl
Wyoming
2013 Record: 15-0 (North Dakota State)
Craig Bohl’s feat of three consecutive FCS championships with North Dakota State brought him fame in Fargo and fortune in Laramie.  Bohl left the FCS powerhouse to run a similar brand of hard-nosed Midwest football at the University of Wyoming.  Bohl spent 11 seasons at NDSU, posting a 101-32 and losing only one of his 14 FCS playoff games.  The Cowboys posted a 5-7 record this past season with a top-25 passing attack.  Although he is no stranger to taking down a highly-touted opponent, Wyoming has two road games in September against Oregon and Michigan State.