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Coaching Tracker

November 25, 2018

Just to be 100% clear as you open this, Mario Cristobal is 100% safe and solid. Oregon is not in the coaching market. 

If any assistants change we’ll update that separately but for now this is merely a way to track some of the major CFB moves around the country and any potential impact it could have on Oregon.

11.28.18 Update - Noon

USC has a number of vacant openings after firing roughly a half dozen of its staff members. There is concern they would poach the Oregon staff but I wrote about that here. 

There is a lot of smoke regarding USC trying to hire former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury. 

For starters, USC announced Sunday morning they will keep Clay Helton at USC. The obvious impact there is recruiting-related. I’m going to wager Helton will make some assistant changes in the coming weeks but we’ll tackle that when, and if, we get to it.

USC QB coach Byran Ellis will reportedly take the OC position at Western Kentucky.

Secondly Texas Tech has fired Kliff Kingsbury. That one isn’t a huge surprise and has virtually no impact on Oregon. Except for this, FootballScoop has mentioned (once again) Jim Leavitt for the position. Only this time they do cite a previous relationship with AD Kirby Holcutt as the primary reason.

North Carolina has also not retained Larry Fedora. Again, at this point, there is virtually no Oregon-related impact. (Update: NC has reportedly hired Mack Brown in his place.)

Western Kentucky has announced the firing of Mike Samford. The only reason I mention this move is Samford coached at Stanford and Boise State and has strong West coast ties. (Update: WKU has reportedly hired Tyson Helton.)

Colorado remains open after the announcement to fire Mike McIntyre early last week. 

With so much recent turnover in the Pac-12 conference, I don’t imagine a ton of other moves will be made at the head coaching position this season. Mike Leach is rumored to be hoping to get out of Pullman but nothing substantial has been produced thus far.

USC is keeping Helton, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona and ASU are all bringing back first year head coaches next season.

For future reference, we will not track every single move made, just the major moves and those somewhat related to Oregon. 

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