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Offseason Meme: Head Coach Longevity

Frank Beamer's 26 seasons at Virginia Tech make the longest current tenure for any head coach at his school.  Only ten schools have coaches with current tenures in the double digits.
Frank Beamer's 26 seasons at Virginia Tech make the longest current tenure for any head coach at his school. Only ten schools have coaches with current tenures in the double digits.

Although I don't consider the offseason really to get started until spring ball is complete, it's time to begin perusal of those perennial back-burner issues that we make time for only when real football isn't an option. Today's beat: head coach longevity.

Not lifespan, mind you (although that would make an interesting study). No, job lifespan. Is there a worse American industry for job security?

Here's the list, assuming the current head coaches can stay on the job until the start of the season. (Those ten schools that haven't fired their top man in over ten whole years are listed here. The 113 others are listed below the jump.)

Virginia Tech Beamer, Frank 26 years
Troy Blakeney, Larry 22
Texas Brown, Mack 15
Iowa Ferentz, Kirk 14
Oklahoma Stoops, Bob 14
Wake Forest Grobe, Jim 12
TCU Patterson, Gary 12
Missouri Pinkel, Gary 12
Georgia Richt, Mark 12
California Tedford, Jeff


Your coach, on average, has held the corner office between four and five years. Of course, that number took a little hit when JoePa retired; but the head men tumbling out of Fresno State, Arizona State, Southern Miss, and Rutgers brought the number down, too.

I don't have these figures for other years, so I can't do a statistically meaningful comparison. But I cannot imagine that 4-5 year average has ever been lower.

UCF O'Leary, George 9
UTEP Price, Mike 9
Nevada Ault, Chris 9
Oklahoma St. Gundy, Mike 8
BYU Mendenhall, Bronco 8
Ohio Solich, Frank 8
Western Mich. Cubit, Bill 8
Oregon St. Riley, Mike 8
Utah Whittingham, Kyle 8
LSU Miles, Les 8
South Carolina Spurrier, Steve 8
Northwestern Fitzgerald, Pat 7
Wisconsin Bielema, Bret 7
Boise State Petersen, Chris 7
Mid. Tenn. St. Stockstill, Rick 7
NC State O'Brien, Tom 6
Michigan St. Dantonio, Mark 6
Rice Bailiff, David 6
Air Force Calhoun, Troy 6
Alabama Saban, Nick 6
FIU Cristobal, Mario 6
Idaho Akey, Robb 6
Clemson Swinney, Dabo 5
Duke Cutcliffe, David 5
Georgia Tech Johnson, Paul 5
Nebraska Pelini, Bo 5
Baylor Briles, Art 5
SMU Jones, June 5
Navy Niumatalolo, Ken 5
Arkansas Petrino, Bobby 5
Boston College Spaziani, Frank 4
Purdue Hope, Danny 4
Iowa St. Rhoads, Paul 4
Kansas St. Snyder, Bill 4
Syracuse Marrone, Doug 4
Army Ellerson, Rich 4
Bowling Green Clawson, Dave 4
Eastern Mich. English, Ron 4
Wyoming Christensen, Dave 4
Oregon Kelly, Chip 4
Washington Sarkisian, Steve 4
Auburn Chizik, Gene 4
Miss St. Mullen, Dan 4
New Mexico St. Walker, DeWayne 4
Utah State Andersen, Gary 4
Florida St. Fisher, Jimbo 3
Virginia London, Mike 3
Texas Tech Tuberville, Tommy 3
Cincinnati Jones, Butch 3
Louisville Strong, Charlie 3
South Florida Holtz, Skip 3
East Carolina McNeill, Ruffin 3
Marshall Holliday, Doc 3
Notre Dame Kelly, Brian 3
Buffalo Quinn, Jeff 3
Central Mich. Enos, Dan 3
UNLV Hauck, Bobby 3
Southern Cal Kiffin, Lane 3
Kentucky Phillips, Joker 3
Tennessee Dooley, Derek 3
Louisiana Monroe Berry, Todd 3
Western Ky. Taggart, Willie 3
Louisiana Tech Dykes, Sonny 3
San Jose State MacIntyre, Mike 3
Maryland Edsall, Randy 2
Miami Golden, Al 2
Indiana Wilson, Kevin 2
Michigan Hoke, Brady 2
Minnesota Kill, Jerry 2
West Virginia Dana Holgerson 2
Connecticut Pasqualoni, Paul 2
Tulsa Blankenship, Bill 2
Ball State Pembo, Pete 2
Kent State Hazell, Darrell 2
Miami, OH Treadwell, Don 2
Northern Ill. Doeren, Dave 2
Temple Addazio, Steve 2
San Diego State Long, Rocky 2
Colorado Embree, Jon 2
Stanford Shaw, David 2
Florida Muschamp, Will 2
Vanderbilt Franklin, James 2
Lousiana Hudspeth, Mark 2
North Texas McCarney, Dan 2
Texas St. Dennis Franchione 2
UTSA Larry Coker 2
North Carolina Larry Fedora 1
Illinois Tim Beckman 1
Ohio State Urban Meyer 1
Penn State Bill O'Brien 1
Kansas Charlie Weis 1
Pittsburgh Paul Cryst 1
Rutgers Kyle Flood 1
Houston Tony Levine 1
Memphis Justin Fuente 1
Southern Miss Ellis Johnson 1
Tulane Curtis Johnson 1
UAB Garrick McGee 1
Akron Terry Bowden 1
Toledo Matt Campbell 1
Massachusetts Charlie Molnar 1
Colorado State Jim McElwain 1
New Mexico Bob Davie 1
Fresno State Tim DeRuyter 1
Hawaii Norm Chow 1
Arizona Rich Rodriguez 1
Arizona State Todd Graham 1
UCLA Jim Mora 1
Washington St. Mike Leach 1
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin 1
Ole Miss Hugh Freeze 1
Arkansas St. Gus Malzahn 1
Florida Atl. Carl Pelini 1