There is without a doubt going to be some turnover in the SEC coaching ranks in 2018. But exactly how many openings will there be this offseason?
Outkick the Coverage analyst Clay Travis appeared on WJOX 94.5 FM on Tuesday to discuss the status of several SEC coaches. And when asked to predict the over/under of 5 1/2 coaching changes, Travis picked the over.
“Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee I would say are definite, I think there’s no way Butch Jones gets back next year,” Travis said. “I think [Texas] A&M is going to happen so I think that gets to four. I think Arkansas happens so I think that gets to five. … I actually think there’s a pretty good chance that, for instance, Tennessee would hire Dan Mullen, which would then open up Mississippi State. I would probably go over, honestly.”
Travis also said earlier in the show that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn could have an uncertain status if the Tigers have poor showings against both Alabama and Georgia in the weeks to come.
Florida and Ole Miss both have interim coaches, so it’s easy to see why Travis believes those jobs will change hands. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has been under criticism, especially after his team nearly lost to Coastal Carolina this past weekend. And Texas A&M is just 5-4 under coach Kevin Sumlin this season, with a pair of road SEC games still remaining.
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