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20 years of hiring coaches

What direction do most Southeastern Conference schools go when hiring new head football coaches? Regardless of the prominence of the program, there is no set path to success.

Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik

We examined the hiring decisions of the six original members of the Southeastern Conference West Division since the league split into divisions in 1992.

Here is a look at the coaches who have been hired, when they were hired and the circumstances of their departures:

AUBURN

TERRY BOWDEN, 1993

Previous job: Head coach, Samford

Departed: 1998. Resigned at midseason with an overall record of 45-23-1. Went 11-0 in 1993 and became first coach to win his first 20 games at a Division I-A school. SEC Championship Game in 1997.

TOMMY TUBERVILLE, 1999

Previous job: Head coach, Ole Miss

Former Alabama coach Mike DuBose

Departed: 2008. Resigned with an overall record of 85-40. Had 13-0 season and won SEC championship in 2004. Went 11-2 in 2006. SEC Championship Game in 2000, 2004. Had six-game winning streak against Alabama.

GENE CHIZIK, 2009

Previous job: Head coach Iowa State

Departed: 2012. Resigned after a 3-9 season with a overall record of 33-19. Went 14-0 and won the BCS national championship in 2010. Won three bowl games.

ALABAMA

MIKE DUBOSE, 1997

Previous job: Defensive line coach, Alabama.

Departed: 2000. Resigned after a 3-8 season with an overall record of 24-23. Won SEC championship in 1999.

Nick Saban has won championships at LSU and Alabama

DENNIS FRANCHIONE, 2001

Previous job: Head coach, Texas Christian.

Departed: 2002. Resigned with an overall record of 17-8 to become head coach at Texas A&M.

MIKE PRICE, 2003

Previous job: Head coach, Washington State.

Departed: 2002. Coached through spring practice but resigned without coaching a game after a scandal involving a strip club in Pensacola.

MIKE SHULA, 2003

Previous job: QB coach, Miami Dolphins.

Sylvester Croom became the first African-American head football coach in the SEC

Departed: 2006. Resigned after a 6-6 season with an overall record of 26-23. Went 10-2 in 2005 after winning the first 10 games and rising to No. 2 in the polls.

NICK SABAN, 2007

Previous job: Head coach, Miami Dolphins.

Current status: Has an overall record of 67-13 in his sixth season. Has won two BCS championships and will play for a third this season.

LSU

GERRY DINARDO, 1995

Previous job: Head coach, Vanderbilt.

Departed: 1999. After going 2-7 overall and 0-7 in the SEC, was fired with one game remaining in the 1999 season with an overall record of 32-24-1.

Houston Nutt coached at Arkansas and Ole Miss

NICK SABAN, 2000

Previous job: Head coach, Michigan State.

Departed: 2004. Resigned to become head coach for the Miami Dolphins. Won the SEC championship in 2001 and the BCS national championship in 2003.

LES MILES, 2005

Previous job: Oklahoma State.

Current status: Is 85-20 overall. Won the national championship in 2007. Won SEC championships in 2007 and 2011.

ARKANSAS

DANNY FORD, 1993

Tommy Tuberville coached at Auburn and Ole Miss

Previous job: Was a consultant at Arkansas after leaving Clemson in 1989.

Departed: 1997. Fired after a 4-7 season with an overall record of 26-30-1. SEC Championship Game in 1995.

HOUSTON NUTT, 1998

Previous job: Head coach, Boise State.

Departed: 2007. Resigned after going 8-4 in 2007 with an overall record of 75-48. Two SEC Championship Games.

BOBBY PETRINO, 2008

Previous job: Head coach, Louisville.

Departed: 2012. Fired with an overall record of 34-17. Went 21-5 his last two seasons.

Mississippi State

SYLVESTER CROOM, 2004

Previous job: Offensive coordinator, Detroit Lions

Departed: 2008, The first African-American head football coach in the SEC, resigned with an overall record of 21-38.

DAN MULLEN, 2008

Previous job: Offensive coordinator, Florida.

Current status: Has an overall record of 29-21. Best finish has been fourth in the SEC West.

Ole Miss

TOMMY TUBERVILLE, 1995

Previous job: Defensive coordinator, Texas A&M

Departed: 1998. Resigned to become head coach at Auburn. Had a record of 25-20 amid inherited NCAA sanctions.

DAVID CUTCLIFFE, 1998

Previous job: Offensive coordinator, Tennessee.

Departed: 2004. Fired after a 4-7 season with an overall record of 44-29.

ED ORGERON, 1999

Previous job: Defensive line coach, Southern California

Departed: 2008. Resigned after going 3-8 with an overall record of 10-25.

HOUSTON NUTT, 2000

Previous job: Head coach, Arkansas

Departed: 2011. Fired with an overall record of 24-26 after losing 14 consecutive SEC games.

HUGH FREEZE, 2012

Previous job: Head coach, Arkansas State

Current status: Is 6-6 in his first season.

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