SEC coordinators potentially on the move
The SEC has already seen seven coordinators leave or lose their jobs since the end of the regular season. More could come over the next month.
Some coordinators could leave for a head coaching opportunity while others could be shown the door.
Here are eight coordinators that could possibly be on the move by season’s end.
Head Coaching Candidates
Lane Kiffin, Alabama offensive coordinator: The Crimson Tide has scored 36.8 points per game with Kiffin as offensive coordinator. In each of the last two seasons, Alabama has averaged more than 200 rushing yards per game.
Despite his past head coaching failures, Kiffin could interview for some openings, but ultimately, he may be back in Tuscaloosa.
Matt Luke, Ole Miss offensive coordinator: The Rebels offense took a huge step forward in 2015. Ole Miss finished 11th in total offense with 515 yards per game and 13th in points with 40.3 per game.
After three years under coach Huge Freeze, it might be time for Luke to run his own program.
John Jancek, Tennessee defensive coordinator: Since taking a big step forward last season, the Volunteers defense was worse in 2015, which was Jancek’s third season.
It’s not time to pull the plug on him just yet, though — Tennessee was 25th in the country in points allowed.
John Chavis, Texas A&M defensive coordinator: What is happening in College Station?
Although two Texas A&M quarterbacks transferring isn’t Chavis’ fault, if Kevin Sumlin gets canned, his defensive coordinator may go with him. Give it one more year, but the seats are warm for the Aggies coaching staff.
Andy Ludwig, Vanderbilt offensive coordinator: He doesn’t have much to work with, so Ludwig will get another year, but moving up from 125th to 117th in total offense just doesn’t cut it.
Robb Smith, Arkansas defensive coordinator: Like Tennessee, Arkansas was worse on defense in 2015, particularly at defending the pass.
The Razorbacks were ranked 57th in pass defense last season. They were 121st this season. Arkansas allowed 284.5 passing yards per game, worst in the SEC. Smith will have to improve that secondary in 2016 to keep his job beyond next year.
One Foot Out the Door
Cam Cameron, LSU offensive coordinator: Outside of RB Leonard Fournette, the LSU offense stunk.
The Tigers finished 111th in the FBS with 173.1 passing yards per game. Only Vanderbilt and Missouri were worse in the SEC. Look for Cameron to be done at LSU after the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.
Jake Spavital, Texas A&M offensive coordinator: As already mentioned, all of a sudden Texas A&M is the center of controversy. With two quarterbacks leaving College Station, Spavital should be next.
Rhett Lashlee, Auburn offensive coordinator: Lashlee could also fall under the head coaching candidates category. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has endorsed Lashlee as a great potential head coach.
But he could also be fired. Auburn’s offense regressed significantly in Lashlee’s third season. The Tigers rank 79th in scoring (27.2 points per game) and 97th in offense (367.3 yards per game). Fired or not, Lashlee won’t be at Auburn next season.