Joker Phillips got the ax at Kentucky. Gene Chizik was pink-slipped at Auburn. Derek Dooley got the ziggy at Tennessee. John L. Smith was asked to leave at Arkansas. So a reader asked when was the last time the SEC had so many coaching changes in the season.
The answer is 2004. After that season, Florida fired Ron Zook, Ole Miss fired David Cutcliffe, South Carolina’s Lou Holtz retired and LSU’s Nick Saban left for the NFL. In 2005, Urban Meyer was the new head coach at Florida, Ed Orgeron was at Ole Miss, Steve Spurrier at South Carolina and Les Miles at LSU. Just two of those four coaches are still at those schools.
Here’s a look at SEC coaching exits since the league expanded in 1992.