Recapping SEC coaching changes for 2014


The only head-coaching change in the SEC following this past season was at Vanderbilt, where Derek Mason took over for James Franklin.

That's down from four head-coaching changes the previous year. In fact, Mason will be the 38th different head coach to coach in a game for one of the current SEC schools since the start of the 2004 season.

Even in the volatile world of the SEC, that's a ton. But change is a part of this league's fabric. With 11 of the 14 head coaches making $3 million or more per year, there is no such thing as a five-year plan anymore. Some would argue there's not even a four-year plan.

Since the end of last season, we've also seen several changes in the assistant-coaching ranks in the SEC. The five coaching staffs that will return intact next season are Auburn, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.

One assistant, Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, left for a head-coaching gig at Florida Atlantic. His former colleague with the Hogs, Chris Ash, left his post as co-defensive coordinator for the same job at Ohio State.

Georgia's entire defensive staff has a new look, triggered largely by Todd Grantham's move to Louisville as defensive coordinator. Former Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt replaces Grantham along with three other new defensive assistants.

Alabama coach Nick Saban has his fourth different offensive coordinator since coming to Tuscaloosa in 2007. Lane Kiffin, who's no stranger to the SEC after his turbulent 14 months as Tennessee's head coach in 2009, will call the Tide's plays in 2014.

One of the most critical hires was at Florida, where offensive coordinator Kurt Roper comes over from Duke with the mission of resurrecting the Gators' offense.

Here's a rundown of the coaching changes (head coaches and position coaches only; number of new coaches in parentheses):


Who's in?

Lane Kiffin, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Bo Davis, defensive line

Who's out?

Doug Nussmeier, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Chris Rumph, defensive line coach

Greg Brown, secondary

Other moves

  • Kevin Steele moves onto the field as inside linebackers coach and will serve as special assistant to the head coach. He was the Tide's player personnel director last season.

  • Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will coach the secondary after coaching linebackers last season.


Who’s in?

Robb Smith, defensive coordinator/secondary

Clay Jennings, secondary

Rory Segrest, defensive line/specialists

Who's out?

Chris Ash, defensive coordinator

Charlie Partridge, defensive line

Taver Johnson, secondary

Other moves

  • Randy Shannon was promoted to senior associate head coach.


Who’s in?

Kurt Roper, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Mike Summers, offensive line

Coleman Hutzler, special teams coordinator

Who’s out?

Brent Pease, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Tim Davis, offensive line

Jeff Choate, special teams/outside linebackers


Who’s in?

Jeremy Pruitt, defensive coordinator/secondary

Tracy Rocker, defensive line/weak-side linebackers

Mike Ekeler, inside linebackers/special teams

Kevin Sherrer, strong-side linebackers/nickel backs

Who’s out?

Todd Grantham, defensive coordinator

Chris Wilson, defensive line

Kirk Olivadotti, inside linebackers

Scott Lakatos, secondary


Who’s in?

Craig Naivar, special teams/safeties

Who’s out?

Bradley Dale Peveto, special teams/safeties

LSU (2)

Who’s in?

Jeff Grimes, offensive line/running game coordinator

Bradley Dale Peveto, special teams coordinator

Who’s out?

Greg Studrawa, offensive line

Thomas McGaughey, special teams coordinator


Who’s in?

Brian Johnson, quarterbacks

Who’s out?

Les Koenning, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks


Who's in?

Terry Joseph, secondary

Who's out?

Marcel Yates, co-defensive coordinator/secondary

Other moves

  • Jake Spavital will call plays in 2014 as offensive coordinator. He was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season.

  • Clarence McKinney moves back to running backs after calling the plays last season as offensive coordinator.


Who’s in?

Derek Mason, head coach

Karl Dorrell, offensive line/quarterbacks

David Kotulski, defensive coordinator/inside linebackers

Marc Lubick, receivers

Keven Lightner, offensive line

Gerry Gdowski, tight ends

Brett Maxie, secondary

Kenwick Thompson, outside linebackers

Frank Maile, defensive line

Who’s out?

James Franklin, head coach

John Donovan, offensive coordinator/running backs

Bob Shoop, defensive coordinator/safeties

Ricky Rahne, quarterbacks

Herb Hand, offensive line

Josh Gattis, receivers

Brent Pry, co-defensive coordinator/linebackers

Sean Spencer, defensive line

George Barlow, secondary