Oregon filled its position from within by promoting co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal on December 8, just 3 days after handing him the interim tag.The Arizona job became vacant when Rich Rodriguez was fired on January 2.Arizona hired Kevin Sumlin on Sunday (January 14) as head coach to complete a domino effect of changes that began on November 26 when he was fired by Texas A&M.
Louisiana-Lafayette hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as its new head coach on December 15, replacing Mark Hudspeth.
Sonny Dykes was introduced as the new head coach at SMU on December 12, replacing Chad Morris.
Dykes began his tenure with the Mustangs by losing 51-10 to one of the two teams that he previously led as head coach, Louisiana Tech, in the Frisco Bowl.
Tony Levine was Houston's head coach in the Ticket City Bowl win over Penn State, and Jeff Banks served as interim head coach for the Aggies' in a 55-52 loss to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl.
Five days after Sumlin as fired from A&M, Fisher resigned from FSU and was immediately announced as the head coach of the Aggies.