The days of college football coaches staying at one university for 10 years or more are numbered.
In a list compiled by FootballScoop.com, Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is college football’s longest tenured head coach. Beamer has been at Tech for 29 seasons, and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops is second on the list with 17 years in Norman, tied with Kirk Ferentz at Iowa.
Fourteen years is considered archaic, and both Gary Pinkel and Mark Richt have both been at their universities for 14 years. Just four of the SEC’s 14 head coaches have been at their institution for 10 years or more. Richt and Pinkel are tied for the fourth longest tenure in the country.
Here’s a look at the conference’s head coaches and their tenures:
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- Gary Pinkel, Missouri, 14 years
- Mark Richt, Georgia, 14 years
- Steve Spurrier, South Carolina, 10 years
- Les Miles, LSU, 10 years
- Nick Saban, Alabama, 8 years
- Dan Mullen, Mississippi State, 6 years
- Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss, 3 years
- Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M, 3 years
- Mark Stoops, Kentucky, 2 years
- Butch Jones, Tennessee, 2 years
- Bret Bielema, Arkansas, 2 years
- Gus Malzahn, Auburn, 2 years
- Derek Mason, Vanderbilt, 1 year
- Jim McElwain, Florida, 2 months