Georgia offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is one of 13 new coordinators in the SEC — including South Carolina co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke — hired during an offseason of change for the conference.
Twelve of the SEC’s 14 teams hired at least one coordinator, with only Alabama (Kirby Smart and Lane Kiffin) and Ole Miss retaining their top assistants.
Here’s the rundown.
- Arkansas: Dan Enos (offensive)
- Auburn: Will Muschamp (defensive)
- Florida: Doug Nussmeier (offensive), Geoff Collins (defensive)
- Georgia: Brian Schottenheimer (offensive)
- Kentucky: Shannon Dawson (offensive)
- LSU: Kevin Steele (defensive)
- Mississippi State: Manny Diaz (defensive)
- Missouri: Barry Odom (defensive)
- South Carolina: Jon Hoke (co-defensive)
- Tennessee: Mike DeBord (offensive)
- Texas A&M: John Chavis (defensive)
- Vanderbilt: Andy Ludwig (offensive)
Look back at that list and see which one has the toughest job this year.
Schottenheimer will have to work with a new quarterback and steps into a position that has stunningly high expectations every year.
Muschamp is expected to transform Auburn’s defense and earn his lofty $1.6 million salary.
The same goes for Chavis at Texas A&M. He worked wonders at LSU, which had some of the best defensive talent in the country every year.
Steele takes his Alabama pedigree to replace Chavis at LSU.
Most attention likely will be focused on Schottenheimer, Muschamp and Steele, and possibly the two guys at Florida, but since they’re coming with an entire staff change, it might take away for them to straighten out that program.
Who has the toughest job in 2015? What do you think?