The college football regular season may be over, but the fun away from the field is just starting. Let’s catch up on everything that has happened since the last snap on Saturday.
In a move nobody saw coming, Washington head coach Chris Petersen announced Monday that he’ll step down after his team’s bowl game. Petersen said in his statement that: “now is the right time for me to step away from my head coaching duties and recharge.” A source close to Petersen noted that there is no pressing matter forcing his hand. Instead, he is simply run down from the season. He will move into a “leadership advisory role” within the Washington athletic department, allowing him to work with both coaches and players. Petersen spent six seasons with the Huskies after an epic 8-year run with Boise State. Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will take over as Washington’s new head coach. Lake has coached under Petersen since 2012 when the two were at Boise State.
Boston College has fired head coach Steve Addazio after seven years at the helm. Addazio was 44-44 in those seven years and was remarkably consistent, winning seven games in five of his first six seasons with a chance to win seven games again with a bowl win this year. However, Boston College is shooting for something better than a 7-6 season, so they will go in another direction. Wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell will be the interim coach in B.C.’s bowl game while the school searches for a permanent replacement.
Ole Miss fired head coach Matt Luke on Monday. Luke is a former Ole Miss player and served as co-offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2016 before serving as interim head coach in 2017 and full-time head coach the last two seasons. He led the school through a difficult time after Hugh Freeze was fired right before the start of the 2017 season, on top of bowl bans for both 2017 and 2018. However, the Rebels failed to qualify for a bowl this year, finishing 4-8. Luke ends his three-year stint with a 15-21 record, including a 6-18 record in SEC play.
Charlie Strong has also been added to the list of coaches to get fired after the season. Strong was 21-16 during his three seasons at South Florida. However, after going 10-2 in 2017 and starting 7-0 in 2018, Strong was 4-14 in his last 18 games, prompting USF to let him go.
Out of Here
Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks won’t be with the Gators in 2020. Franks suffered a season-ending ankle injury in September and has seen Kyle Trask excel in his absence. The redshirt junior is set to graduate with one year of eligibility left. He will explore the option of going to the NFL but has also entered the transfer portal and could land at another school for his final year of eligibility.
It will be a similar case with South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley, who suffered a season-ending injury in the season opener. Bentley will graduate late this month and has entered his name into the transfer portal. He has over two years of starting experience under his belt, even with the injury this season. Freshman Ryan Hilinski took over for Bentley and appears to be South Carolina’s quarterback of the future.