Thanksgiving week is upon us, and with it, one of the biggest weeks of the season for college football coaches and their agents. When the 2017 regular season concludes Sunday, the football coaching carousel, which has already been active with firings at Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee, among other places, will spin into overdrive.
Coaches will be fired or "mutually agree" to leave. Rumors will swirl. Search firms will make contacts behind the scenes. And sometime in January, the final FBS coaching vacancy will be filled (or so we hope). Every athletic director believes they've hit a "home run" with their hires, but the rate of turnover among head coaches suggests otherwise.
Who should a program seeking a new direction hire? We took a good look here. We examined nine high-profile jobs that have opened or could open very soon and determined the ideal hire for each program, taking into factors like coaching style, ties to the job and personality. Here's a look at the ideal candidates for college programs most likely to be changing coaches.