Nov 26, 2021; Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA; UNLV Rebels head coach Marcus Arroyo looks on in the third quarter against the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

UNLV fires head coach Marcus Arroyo

UNLV fired head coach Marcus Arroyo after the Rebels went 5-7 in 2022 despite a 4-1 start.

Arroyo was 7-23 in three seasons with the Rebels, but just 5-17 in Mountain West games. The 42-year-old had two years left on the contract he signed in December 2019.

“We thank Marcus Arroyo for his unwavering efforts leading our student-athletes on and off the field for these three seasons,” UNLV athletic director Erick Harper said in a news release. “His program represented this institution in the community and classroom in a manner that is to be commended. However, with our increased expectations at UNLV we felt a change was in order at this time. We all wish Marcus and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

The Rebels finished 0-6 during the pandemic-shortened season of 2020, went 2-10 in 2021 and then started the ’22 season with four wins and a tight loss — 20-14 — to Cal.

The season turned for UNLV in a 40-7 loss to San Jose State on Oct. 7, followed by a 42-7 loss to Air Force and another lopsided defeat (44-21) at Notre Dame.

With a chance to become eligible for a bowl game, all three November losses for UNLV were one-possession games: San Diego State (14-10), Fresno State (37-30) and Hawaii (31-25).

The Rebels have played in just one bowl since their win in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2000.

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Sep 17, 2022; Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA; Western Michigan Broncos head coach Tim Lester (middle) and defensive coordinator Lou Esposito (left) watch pregame warm ups against Pittsburgh Panthers at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kimberly Moss-USA TODAY Sports

Western Michigan fires coach Tim Lester

Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester was fired after posting a 5-7 record in his sixth season with the Broncos.

Lester, a former quarterback at WMU, was 37-32 since being hired and had five winning seasons before his first with a losing record in 2022.

Lester signed a contract extension in January, which includes a buyout of $500,000.

“First, I am disappointed that I won’t get to lead the Western Michigan football program and these players in the future,” Lester said in a press release. “I want to thank Al Molde and his staff for recruiting me here in 1995. I want to thank Bill Cubit for hiring me as an assistant in 2005. And finally, I would like to thank Kathy Beauregard and President John Dunn for giving me the opportunity to lead this program six years ago.”

Western Michigan went 13-0 in the regular season in 2016 under P.J. Fleck, who left to become head coach at Minnesota following the Cotton Bowl. WMU lost to Wisconsin, 24-16, and rose to No. 15 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

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Sep 17, 2022; Gainesville, Florida, USA;South Florida Bulls head coach Jeff Scott prior to the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

South Florida fires coach Jeff Scott

South Florida, in the midst of a 1-8 season, fired head football coach Jeff Scott on Sunday.

Special teams coordinator Daniel Da Prato was named interim head coach for the rest of the season.

“When Jeff came to Tampa in December of 2019, we had high expectations for where he could take our football program,” athletic director Michael Kelly said in a statement. “While he did so many things right, including rebuilding our culture, pushing forward our Indoor Performance Facility, and engaging our community, the on-the-field results fell well below our standards. He is a tremendous person and class individual and we wish him, Sara, Savannah and Hunter all the best in the future.”

The Bulls lost their seventh straight game Saturday when host Temple pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 54-28 win. South Florida is 0-5 against American Athletic Conference opponents and won its only game against Howard, an FCS opponent.

Scott was hired ahead of the 2020 season after serving as Clemson’s wide receivers coach, run game coordinator and co-offensive coordinator between 2008 and 2019. He originally signed a five-year deal and also inked a two-year extension following the 2021 season.

But South Florida went just 4-26 under Scott, including a paltry 1-19 in conference.

“I would like to thank our players, coaches and staff members for all their hard work during my time as the head coach at USF,” Scott said in a statement. “I especially want to thank USF President Rhea Law and Vice President/Director of Athletics Michael Kelly for giving me the incredible opportunity to lead the football program the last three years. I will miss this team and will do anything in my power to help them in the future. I am disappointed that our hard work didn’t translate to more success on the field, but I am confident that we have set a new foundation. I know the future of USF football is bright and my family and I will always remember our time at USF as a very special chapter in our lives.”

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Sep 24, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Charlotte 49ers head coach Will Healy directs his team against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Charlotte fires football coach Will Healy

Charlotte fired coach Will Healy on Sunday amid a 1-7 start to the season, multiple outlets reported.

Healy, 37, was in his fourth season at the helm of the 49ers and had a 15-24 overall record. He led the 49ers to a 7-6 record and an appearance in the Bahamas Bowl in 2019 — the only season the team reached the .500 mark in Healy’s tenure.

This season, the team ranks last in FBS in scoring defense, giving up an average of 44.57 points per game.

Offensive line coach Pete Rossomando will serve as interim head coach. He has prior head coaching experience at Central Connecticut State and New Haven.

Charlotte lost 34-15 to FIU at home on Saturday to fall to 0-4 in Conference USA play. The 49ers turned the ball over five times and FIU jumped to a 27-0 halftime lead.

“It was really disappointing to have another performance at home where we didn’t play well and couldn’t find a way to get the win,” Healy said postgame. “I thought it was important to get on them early, and we did the complete opposite of that.”

Charlotte has lost 12 of the past 14 games as it prepares to move to the American Athletic Conference.

The Charlotte Observer said candidates to replace Healy include Pep Hamilton, a Charlotte native who is the Houston Texans offensive coordinator; Campbell coach Mike Minter; and Josh Gattis, the offensive coordinator at Miami.

Charlotte will play next Saturday at Rice.

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Quarterback, Noah Vedral, head coach Greg Schiano with offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson as Rutgers football players participate in their first day of training camp to start the 2022 season at their practice facility in Piscataway, NJ on August 3, 2022.

Rutgers Football Players Participate In Their First Day Of Training Camp To Start The 2022 Season At Their Practice Facility In Piscataway Nj On August 3 2022

Rutgers fires offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson

Rutgers fired offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson on Sunday amid a three-game losing streak.

Tight ends coach Nunzio Campanile will serve as the interim offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“This was a difficult decision, but I believe it is in the best interest of our program to make a change,” head coach Greg Schiano said in a statement. “I want to thank Sean for his hard work and wish he and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”

The Scarlet Knights (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten) are coming off a 14-13 home loss Friday night against Nebraska.

Rutgers has scored a total of 33 points during its three-game skid against Iowa, Ohio State and the Cornhuskers.

Rutgers ranks 109th in the country in total offense with 334.0 yards per game.

Gleeson joined the Scarlet Knights’ coaching staff in 2020 after working as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State (2019) and Princeton (2017-18).

Campanile has been at Rutgers since 2018. He was 1-7 as the interim head coach in 2019 after Chris Ash was fired.

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Jul 26, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA;  Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost talks to the media during Big 10 football media days at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska fires Scott Frost after 1-2 start

Nebraska fired coach Scott Frost on Sunday amid a 1-2 start to the season and one day after a stunning loss to Georgia Southern.

“Earlier today I met with Coach Frost and informed him we were making a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately,” athletic director Trev Alberts said in a school-released statement. “Scott has poured his heart and soul into the Nebraska football program both as a quarterback and head coach, and I appreciate his work and dedication.

“After the disappointing start to our season, I decided the best path forward for our program was to make a change in our head coaching position. Associate Head Coach Mickey Joseph will serve as our interim head coach for the remainder of the 2022 season.”

Frost, 47, was on the hot seat throughout much of his first four seasons — all with sub-.500 finishes — at Nebraska, but in November, Alberts brought him back on a restructured contract after the coach laid out a blueprint for the program.

Alberts apparently wasn’t willing to wait for improvement. Neither were fans, who chanted “Fire Frost” at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Saturday during Georgia Southern’s 45-42 win.

Nebraska also lost its high-profile season opener to Northwestern, played in Ireland, 31-28 after squandering a 28–17 lead with about nine minutes left in the third quarter due to what critics termed questionable coaching decisions.

The Huskers’ only win on the season came Sept. 3 over FCS program North Dakota.

Frost signed a seven-year, $35 million contract when he arrived at Nebraska in December 2017, fresh off an undefeated season at UCF. He was given a two-year extension in 2019 that pushed the contract through 2026.

He reportedly has a $15 million buyout that would have dropped to $7.5 million had he been fired after Oct. 1.

Nebraska faithful had high hopes when Frost, a Nebraska native, returned to his alma mater. He was the quarterback of the 1997 team that finished 13-0 and earned a share of the national championship.

The Frost era ends, however, with a record of 16-31 (10-26 Big Ten) and no bowl appearances.

Joseph, 54, joined the Nebraska staff this season after five years as an assistant at LSU. He becomes the first Black head coach of the Nebraska football team.

A former Cornhuskers quarterback, Joseph was the head coach at Oklahoma’s Langston University from 2011-12. He compiled a 13-7 record at the NAIA program.

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Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio looks on in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos fire head coach Vic Fangio

The Denver Broncos fired Vic Fangio on Sunday morning after his three seasons as the team’s head coach.

The decision came one day after the Broncos dropped a 28-24 decision to the Kansas City Chiefs in their regular-season finale. Denver finished the season with a 7-10 record, marking its second straight last-place finish in the AFC West.

Fangio sidestepped addressing his future as the team’s coach on Saturday. When asked if he thought this was his last chance as the Broncos’ coach, he said “the whole focus was on our players and this team.”

Fangio, 63, posted a 19-30 record with the Broncos. He had never been a head coach until the Broncos hired him.

Fangio was named the 17th head coach in franchise history on January 2019 after accumulating 32 years of NFL coaching experience, including 18 years as a defensive coordinator.

General manager George Paton addressed the team’s plans going forward.

“Our search to find the next head coach of the Broncos will be a comprehensive, collaborative process,” Paton said. “We’re approaching it with an open mind and look forward to spending time with some outstanding candidates.

“With the foundation in place, the progress that’s been made and the resources we have to get better, I’m excited about the future of our team. We will find an outstanding leader and head coach for the Broncos and our fans.”

Team president and CEO Joe Ellis said Paton will drive the search.

“For the last three seasons, Vic put his heart and soul into coaching the Broncos,” Ellis said. “I want to thank Coach Fangio for giving his maximum effort to our organization day he was hired.

“George will have full authority to select the next head coach of the Broncos. This is his decision and his program. I have complete confidence in George’s ability to lead an exhaustive and successful head coaching search.

“We will give George every available resource and fully support him in hiring the very best head coach to lead the Broncos.”

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Nov 20, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen on the sidelines against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Florida fires coach Dan Mullen amid 5-6 season

Florida fired head coach Dan Mullen on Sunday, a day after the Gators lost their fourth straight Southeastern Conference game.

Greg Knox, the special teams coordinator and running backs coach, will serve as the interim coach for the Gators’ season-ending game on Saturday against Florida State.

Mullen, 49, leaves Florida with a 5-6 (2-6 SEC) record this season and a 34-15 overall mark, including 21 SEC wins in four seasons. The Gators appeared in three New Year’s Six bowl games, winning two, and in the SEC championship game during his tenure.

He coached Mississippi State to a 69-46 record over nine seasons before taking the job at Florida.

The hot seat had grown for Mullen since a 20-13 loss to Kentucky on Oct. 2 moved the Gators to 3-2 on the season. Florida was No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 entering the game, fell to No. 20 and then cratered out of the poll.

The Gators lost 24-23 in overtime to Missouri on Saturday, their ninth loss to a Power 5 opponent in their past 11 games. Their wins this season have come against Florida Atlantic, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Samford.

Calls for Mullen’s firing intensified after the Samford game, when the Gators scored 70 but gave up 52 to an FCS school that just three weeks earlier had lost 55-13 to fellow Southern Conference school Chattanooga.

The Mullen Era ends with the Gators winning just one of four games against bitter rival Georgia and going 0-2 against Alabama.

Florida becomes the third major program to fire its coach in-season this year, joining Southern California and LSU.

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Nov 6, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake signals for his players to go to the locker room following a 26-16 loss against the Oregon Ducks at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Washington fires coach Jimmy Lake

Washington fired head coach Jimmy Lake before the end of his second season at the football program’s helm, Yahoo Sports and The Athletic reported Sunday.

Lake was suspended for one game after a sideline altercation with one of his players, Ruperake Fuavai, on Nov. 6. That game, a 26-16 loss to then-No. 4 Oregon, turned out to be Lake’s last game in charge of the program.

Reports said Lake was terminated without cause and Washington therefore owes him a $9.9 million buyout.

Lake appeared to strike Fuavai in his facemask as a scrum between Washington and Oregon players was subsiding. Lake also was seen on the national television broadcast pushing Fuavai.

“I didn’t strike him. I separated him,” Lake said after the game, but he later posted an apology to social media.

Washington athletic director Jen Cohen said the university investigated the incident and determined that Lake’s actions weren’t “intentional or deliberate,” but still thought his conduct required a suspension.

Lake was a defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator for six seasons at Washington before being elevated to head coach before the 2020 season. The Huskies went 7-6 under Lake, including 4-5 this season (not counting Saturday’s loss to Arizona State, when Lake was suspended).

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Nov 16, 2019; Evanston, IL, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen head coach Walt Bell looks on in the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

UMass fires Walt Bell after 2-23 mark at school

UMass fired football coach Walt Bell on Sunday, a day after the Minutemen lost their homecoming game to FCS program Rhode Island.

Defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo also was fired and offensive line coach Alex Miller, a 2007 UMass alum and a former All-American offensive lineman, will serve as interim head coach.

The school said a national search for a new head coach would begin immediately.

Bell leaves the program after compiling a 2-23 record since he took over as head coach before the 2019 season

The only win for UMass this season came Oct. 9 against UConn, which also is 1-8 on the season.

Miller previously was on the coaching staffs at Oregon and New Hampshire.

Bell, now 37, was hired in December 2018 following one season as the offensive coordinator at Florida State. He also previously coached at Arkansas State, Maryland, Florida State, North Carolina, Southern Miss, Oklahoma State and Memphis.

His only other win with UMass came Sept. 28, 2019, over Akron.

UMass has three games remaining on the season: Nov. 13 vs. Maine, Nov. 20 at Army and Nov. 27 at New Mexico State.

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