As is typically the case, the final weekend of the college football regular season has been eventful. Virginia Tech has been ahead of everybody in this coaching search season and proved it Sunday by officially naming Memphis head coach Justin Fuente as Frank Beamer's replacement. The Hokies will retain defensive coordinator Bud Foster, which is a huge development for them.
Elsewhere in the ACC, we already know the Syracuse and Miami jobs are open, and Virginia opened up on Sunday when the school made Mike London's departure official. (Have to wonder, when they look back, if they regret not doing this last year considering the other jobs available right now.)
Penn State fired its offensive coordinator. Purdue opted to keep head coach Darrell Hazell but fired both coordinators. (That will work out great!) Toledo head coach Matt Campbell accepted the head job at Iowa State.
Carousel status check! Open jobs:
Now up to 15: Georgia, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Mizzou, North Texas, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Toledo, Tulane, UCF, ULM, USC, UVA— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 29, 2015
Maryland is apparently targeting Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin. Georgia is apparently after Alabama DC Kirby Smart. If those moves happen, then there may be fewer big dominoes falling than anticipated. Syracuse is going to have to go mid-major head coach or high-major coordinator. Ditto Rutgers, I would think. Right now that leaves South Carolina, Missouri, Miami, Virginia, and USC as the programs that can (theoretically) shake things up and create additional movement by luring a solid coach from another solid power-five program.