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13 coaching vacancies to fill in college football

Ohio State formally introduced Urban Meyer as their head coach on Monday and took an early lead in this year's college football coaching carousel when it comes to winners and losers. Now there are 13 holes to fill in college football's off-season, for the time being at least.

Ohio State introduced Urban Meyer as the new head coach on Monday.
Ohio State introduced Urban Meyer as the new head coach on Monday.
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Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday for the first time as Ohio State's football coach.
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Here is an updated look at where things stand in the coaching circle.

Akron: Fired Rob Ianello in a disgraceful way if reports are true that Ianello was informed of the news while heading to the funeral for his mother over the weekend. There were some mild rumblings that Akron was interested in former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel but that appears to be a long shot at best.

Arizona: Hired Rich Rodriguez, former head coach at Michigan and West Virginia. Spent the last year as an analyst for CBS Sports.

Arizona State: Fired Dennis Erickson on Monday. Erickson will coach any bowl game Arizona State competes in. Sun Devils failed to capture Pac 12 South division crown in a year when USC was on probation (Sun Devils beat USC), allowing 6-6 UCLA to play for Pac-12 championship. Houston's Kevin Sumlin is a popular name.

Florida Atlantic: Howard Schnellenberger announced before the start of the season that he would be retiring at the conclusion of this season. No new coach had been named and a search for a new coach is underway, with no real favorites at this time.

Illinois: Fired Ron Zook after seven years. Illinois started the season 6-0 and then lost their final six games of the season. One potential name that has been mentioned is Temple head coch Steve Addazio.

Kansas: Fired Turner Gill. Gill was brought to Kansas after a successful stint at Buffalo but was never able to get Kansas to turn a corner in a short time span.

Memphis: Fired Larry Porter. Porter never had much to work with but something needs to to be done to turn around a bumbling program.

Mississippi: Fired Houston Nutt. Although Houston Nutt has a surprisingly good overall record in the SEC as a head coach, at Ole Miss he was not able to turn the Rebels in to a contender. It can be tough competing in the SEC West with programs like LSU, Alabama and Arkansas among the best this season, and Auburn winning a BCS championship last year. The bar is set very high in the SEC West, and Nutt just could not clear it. Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora is a trendy name for this vacancy.

New Mexico: Fired Mike Locksley early in the year (first coach to be fired) amid controversy and a struggling program. Hired former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie after years as a television analyst for ESPN.

North Carolina: Everett Withers served as interim head coach after Butch Davis was forced out with the program under NCAA investigation. Withers was never expected to hold the job on a permanent basis and North Carolina will continue a national search. Look for the Tar Heels to find a top assistant coach to take the job.

Ohio State: Hired Urban Meyer, who will retain interim head coach Luek Fickell as a part of his new coaching staff. Fickell took over his dream job after Jim Tressel was forced out with the program under NCAA investigation. Meyer is the perfect fit for Ohio State as big name programs need a big name coach. They do not get much larger than Meyer, with two BCS championship rings (including one against Ohio State).

Penn State: Fired Joe Paterno following a grand jury investigation that brought shame on the entire university. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley finished the season as interim head coach but is not expected to keep the position. With some of the more common names, including Al Golden and Greg Schiano, shying away from the job, the Penn State position may be the most watched this off-season after Ohio State signing Meyer. Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has become the hot name right now.

Tulane: Fired Bob Toledo and interim head coach Mark Hutson is not expected to keep the job. Tulane should be a program capable of turning things around but a coach dedicated to doing so will be the key.

UAB: Fired Neil Callaway after UAB lost to Florida Atlantic (FAU's only win of the season). Competing in the same state as Alabama and Auburn is not easy on anybody that takes the UAB job.

UCLA: Firing Rick Neuheisel after this weekend's Pac 12 championship game, and will use an interim coach for the Rose Bowl or any other game UCLA may be able to play in after filing a waiver with the NCAA to compete in a bowl with a 6-7 record. The hiring of Neuheisel was supposed to close the gap in Los Angeles with USC but despite the Trojans being on two year probation the Bruins never took advantage. The UCLA job should be a decent one on the market and there should be plenty of potential if the right resources are made available.

Washington State: Paul Wulff likely on his way out. Reports as of Tuesday morning are still unconfirmed by it is expected that an announcement on Wulff's status with the program will be finalized Tuesday. Right now, it looks as though Wulff is on his way out because Washington State cannot afford to keep a coach who has won nine games in four years in a season in which UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State have replaced their coaches with much more impressive performances than the Cougars.

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