In this day and age of fairly instant gratification, this is a noteworthy set of facts:
In Mark Richt’s 14 seasons at Georgia, 12 other SEC teams have made more than four dozen coaching changes. Listed below are the 50 men who have coached at least one SEC game during Richt’s tenure. Special attention is given to Gary Pinkel, who has coached at Missouri for 14 seasons (three in the SEC) and Florida’s Jim McElwain, who was recently hired to lead the Gators.
Florida: Steve Spurrier (1990-2001), Ron Zook (2002-04), Charlie Strong (2004), Urban Meyer (2005-10), Will Muschamp (2011-14), D.J. Durkin (2014) Jim McElwain (2015) (7)
Texas A&M: R.C. Slocum (1989-2002), Dennis Franchione (2003-07), Gary Darnell (2007), Mike Sherman (2008-11), Tim DeRuyter (2011), Kevin Sumlin (2012-present) (6)
Arkansas: Houston Nutt (1998-2007), Reggie Herring (2007), Bobby Petrino (2008-11), John L. Smith (2012), Brent Bielema (2013-present) (5)
Tennessee: Phillip Fulmer (1992-2008), Lane Kiffin (2009), Derek Dooley (2010-12), Jim Chaney (2012), Butch Jones (2013-present) (5)
Vanderbilt: Woody Widenhofer (1997-2001), Bobby Johnson (2002-2009), Robbie Caldwell (2010), James Franklin (2011-13), Derek Mason (2014-present) (5)
Alabama: Dennis Franchione (2001-02), Mike Price (2003), Mike Shula (2003-06), Joe Kines (2006), Nick Saban (2007-present) (4)
Ole Miss: David Cutcliffe (1998-2004), Ed Orgeron (2005-07), Houston Nutt (2008-11), Hugh Freeze (2012-present) (4)
Kentucky: Guy Morriss (2001-02), Rich Brooks (2003-09), Joker Phillips (2010-12), Mark Stoops (2013-present) (4)
Auburn: Tommy Tuberville (1998-2007), Gene Chizik (2008-12), Gus Malzahn (2013- present) (3)
Mississippi State: Jackie Sherrill (1991-2003), Sylvester Croom (2004-08), Dan Mullen (2009-present) (3)
Missouri: Gary Pinkel (2001-present) (1)
LSU: Nick Saban (2000-04), Les Miles (2005-present) (2)
South Carolina: Lou Holtz (1999-2004), Steve Spurrier (2005-present) (2)
Talk about your ups and downs. And one in particular.
When it comes to installing a revolving door in the head coach’s office, however, the SEC’s grand-prize winner is Florida, which with the recent hire of Jim McElwain brings the number of men who have been the Gators’ head coach — including two interims to cover for coaches fired in-season — to seven.
It’s true that since 2001 Florida has won two national championships and had Urban Meyer on the sidelines for six years, but as a whole, the other eight seasons clearly have not been pretty.
And Jeremy Foley is considered to be one of the more astute ADs in the business (not to mention McGarity’s mentor).
Peaks and valleys ain’t the Georgia Way. Which isn’t to say it couldn’t happen. But a couple of things about that list are pretty clear. One, even at powerhouse programs, long-term coaching stability is more a myth than a reality. Two, constant turnover gets expensive after a while. You may be ready for that kind of approach to running a football program, but that’s not the relevant perspective here. Is B-M ready for it?