The 2023-24 college football coaching carousel saw 30 coaching changes, including Nick Saban's unexpected retirement, leading to the most FBS changes since 2011-12. Stewart Mandel grades the hires for power conferences and Group of 5 programs, praising successful coaches like Kalen DeBoer at Alabama and Curt Cignetti at Indiana, with some unexpected choices and questionable promotions. The carousel reflects the ongoing pursuit of talent to lead football programs amid high expectations and challenging transitions.

By the Numbers
  • 30 coaching changes in the 2023-24 college football carousel
  • 5 head coach losses due to Nick Saban's retirement
  • 31 coaching changes in the 2011-12 cycle, the most in the FBS
State of Play
  • Many successful coaching hires at power conference and Group of 5 programs
  • Continued pursuit of talent to lead football programs amid high expectations and challenging transitions
Bottom Line

The 2023-24 college football coaching carousel reflects the ongoing pursuit of talent to lead football programs amid high expectations and challenging transitions, with successful hires and unexpected choices shaping the landscape for the upcoming seasons.