Pac-12: Southern Miss

New coaches make mark

January, 7, 2013
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There were 28 new coaches this season, including four from the Pac-12. A lot of those new coaches made an immediate positive impact. Some didn't.

There were 12 coaches whose teams improved from 2011 to 2012, including three from the Pac-12. There were seven coaches who did worse, including Washington State's Mike Leach. And there were eight who did about the same (we didn't count Charley Molnar at Massachusetts whose team stepped up from FCS to FBS this year).

Who made the most notable positive jumps? Urban Meyer at Ohio State (12-0 from 6-7), Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin (11-2 from 7-6), Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter (10-4 from 4-9) and Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze (7-6 from 2-10).

The crash-and-burn list, of course, is topped by Ellis Johnson, who was fired after one season when Southern Miss declined from 12-2 to 0-12. Other notable regressions: Houston (5-7 from 13-1),Arkansas (4-8 from 11-2) and Illinois (2-10 from 7-6).

Here's the complete list (2011 record):
Urban Meyer, Ohio State: 12-0 (6-7)

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: 11-2 (7-6)

Gus Malzahn, Arkansas State: 10-3 (10-3)

Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State: 9-4 (4-9)

Matt Campbell, Toledo: 9-4 (9-4)

Kyle Flood, Rutgers: 9-4 (9-4)

Jim Mora, UCLA: 9-5 (6-8)

Bill O'Brien, Penn State: 8-4 (9-4)

Larry Fedora, North Carolina: 8-4 (7-6)

Rich Rodriguez, Arizona: 8-5 (4-8)

Todd Graham, Arizona State: 8-5 (6-7)

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss: 7-6 (2-10)

Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh: 6-7 (6-7)

Tony Levine, Houston: 5-7 (13-1)

Jim McElwain, Colorado State: 4-8 (3-9)

John L. Smith, Arkansas: 4-8 (11-2)

Justin Fuente, Memphis: 4-8 (2-10)

Bob Davie, New Mexico: 4-9 (1-11)

Carl Pelini, Florida Atlantic: 3-9 (1-11)

Garrick McGee, UAB: 3-9 (3-9)

Norm Chow, Hawaii: 3-9 (6-7)

Mike Leach, Washington State: 3-9 (4-8)

Curtis Johnson, Tulane: 2-10 (2-11)

Tim Beckman, Illinois: 2-10 (7-6)

Charley Molnar, Massachusetts: 1-11 (NA)

Terry Bowden, Akron: 1-11 (1-11)

Charlie Weis, Kansas: 1-11 (2-10)

Ellis Johnson, Southern Miss: 0-12 (12-2)

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