How fast the coaching dominoes can fall: Dino Babers was named the new head coach at Syracuse less than 24 hours after leading Bowling Green to a 34-14 victory over Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship Game.
The next day, Bowling Green athletic director Chris Kingston and his staff were in Lubbock, Texas, talking with Texas Tech assistant Mike Jinks. On Dec. 9, Jinks was named the ninth head coach in Bowling Green history.
You’ve heard of overnight successes after 20 years? That’s Jinks, who wasn’t even considering coaching as a career in 1995, when a group of high school coaches ordered beers from him at the restaurant he worked at.
Now a head coach for the first time, Jinks is one of the coaching faces in new places.
COACHING CHANGES TO WATCH IN 2016
|Ball State||MAC||Pete Lembo (Maryland)||Mike Neu|
|Bowling Green||MAC||Dino Babers (Syracuse)||Mike Jinks|
|North Texas||Conference USA||Dan McCarney, Mike Canales||Seth Littrell|
|Southern Miss||Conference USA||Todd Monken (NFL*)||Jay Hopson|
|Toledo||MAC||Matt Campbell (Iowa State)||Jason Candle|
|UTSA||Conference USA||Larry Coker||Frank Wilson|
*—Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator
|Austin Peay||Ohio Valley||Kirby Cannon||Will Healy|
|Eastern Kentucky||Ohio Valley||Dean Hood||Mark Elder|
|Fordham||Patriot League||Joe Moorhead (Penn State)||Andrew Breiner|
|James Madison||CAA Football||Everett Withers (Texas State)||Mike Houston|
|Maine||CAA Football||Jack Cosgrove||Joe Harasymiak|
|McNeese State||Southland||Matt Viator (Louisiana-Monroe)||Lance Guidry|
|Tennessee Tech||Ohio Valley||Watson Brown||Marcus Satterfield|
|The Citadel||Southern||Mike Houston (James Madison)||Brent Thompson|