Interim Head Coaches in College Football Bowl Games

Date | AuthorAdam Burke

Last Updated: 2018-12-07

From the looks of it, the coaching carousel is going to be pretty quiet this offseason. We don’t have any major scandals (yet) and a lot of jobs seem to be filled by qualified candidates. We’re more likely to see teams lose coordinators than head coaches, but we still have a little under two weeks before the first bowl games are played at time of writing, so a lot of things can change.

For right now, it seems that we’re only going to have two interim head coaches, the fewest that we’ve had since the 2008 bowl season. The four interim head coaches we had last bowl season were the fewest since the 2010-11 season. There are a handful of jobs available, so coordinators and Group of Five head coaches could go.

If any others are added, and they very well could be, we’ll update this article.

As things currently stand, the only teams heading into a bowl game with an interim head coach are Utah State and Appalachian State. Matt Wells was hired by Texas Tech and Scott Satterfield was hired by Appalachian State. The interim doesn’t have much of a shot at either job, so this is one of the weaker years for this betting angle.

Utah State – The Aggies will head into the New Mexico Bowl with interim head coach Frank Maile. The Aggies are going to be without head coach Matt Wells, OC Dave Yost, and DC Keith Patterson. The hire has gone over like a lead balloon in some circles, but it does seem like Kirby Hocutt made a good call with Chris Beard, so we’ll have to see how this one goes. In any event, Maile is a Utah State grad that graduated in 2009. He also coaches the defensive line. Wells will be part of the gameplanning and will apparently be on the sidelines for the game, but won’t be calling any plays. It’s a weird situation for the players, but they are still a big favorite and should be more comfortable in Albuquerque with the altitude and the potential weather factors.

Appalachian State – Scott Satterfield has done a remarkable job in Boone, North Carolina with the Mountaineers and it is good to see him getting a chance at Louisville. He was also 3-0 straight up and 2-1 ATS in bowl games with App State, who transitioned to FBS just five seasons ago. Matt Ivey, the assistant head coach and defensive line coach will be the interim. He has no chance at the job…I wouldn’t think.

Temple – Let’s add another one to the list here, as Geoff Collins has been hired at Georgia Tech. That means that Temple will go with an interim and that will be Ed Foley. Foley was Temple’s interim head coach for the Military Bowl a couple years ago and it didn’t go well. At least he’s more experienced for it this time? He also won’t get the head coach gig, so Temple will be getting another new coach after Matt Rhule left for Baylor and now Collins for Tech. Duke now has an enormous coaching advantage with David Cutcliffe against the interim.

For now, here are the game-by-game results dating back to the 2003-04 season with interim head coaches:


Bo Pelini (Nebraska): W 17-3 (-3, u49.5)



Charlie Strong (Florida): L 3-17 (+4, u55)

Kent Baer (Notre Dame): L 21-38 (+4, o51.5)



Mike Hankwitz (Colorado): W 10-19 (+10.5, u48)



Joe Kines (Alabama): L 31-34 (+1.5, o49)

Frank Spaziani (BC): L 25-24 (-8, o48)

Brian Kelly (Cincy): L 27-24 (-7, o41.5)

Jeff Quinn (CMU): W 31-14 (-8, u51)



Gary Darnel (Texas A&M):  L 17-24 (+5, u52)

Reggie Herring (Arkansas): L 7-38 (+3, u67.5)

Bill Stewart (WVU): W 48-28 (+8, o61)

Joe Tenuta (Georgia Tech): L 28-40 (-6, o54)

Dewayne Walker (UCLA): W 16-17 (+6.5, u46.5)

Chris Thurmond (Houston): L 13-20 (+6, u57.5)

Ken Niumatalolo (Navy): W 32-35 (+8, o63.5)



Dabo Swinney (Clemson): L 21-26 (-2.5, u55)

Stan Parrish (Ball State): L 13-45 (+2.5, u70.5)



Ruffin McNeill (Texas Tech): W 41-31 (-7.5, o59.5)

Jeff Quinn (Cincy): L 23-51 (+12.5, o59.5)

Rick Minter (Marshall): W 21-17 (+3, u49.5)

Steve Stripling (CMU): P 44-41 (-3, o63.5)



Jeff Stoutland (Miami-FL): L 17-33 (-2.5, o48)

Phil Bennett (Pitt): W 27-10 (-4.5, u51.5)

Tom Matukewicz (NIU): W 40-17 (-1.5, o56.5)

Lance Guidry (Miami-OH): W 35-21 (+2, o48.5)



Tim DeRuyter (Texas A&M): W 33-22 (-9, u68.5)

Tom Bradley (Penn State): L 14-30 (+7, u55.5)

Vic Koenning (Illinois): W 20-14 (-3, u44.5)

Keith Patterson (Pitt): L 6-28 (-3.5, u48.5)

Mike Johnson (UCLA): L 14-20 (+3, u44.5)

Tony Levine (Houston): W 30-14 (-7, u55.5)

Matt Campbell (Toledo): L 42-41 (-3.5, o69)



Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin): L 14-20 (+2, u46)

Patrick Higgins (Purdue): L 14-58 (+17, o68)

Chris Thomsen (Texas Tech): L 34-31 (-13, o55)

Dana Bible (NC State): L 24-38 (+7.5, o52.5)

Steve Stripling (Cincy): W 48-34 (-9, o62)

Kent Baer (San Jose St): W 29-20 (-7.5, o46)

Rod Carey (NIU): L 10-31 (+13.5, u58)

Lance Guidry (WKU): L 21-24 (-6, u55.5)

John Thompson (Arkansas State): W 17-13 (-3.5, u64)



Clay Helton (USC): W 45-20 (-6, p65)

Marques Tuiasosopo (Washington): W 31-16 (-3.5, u65)

Bob Gregory (Boise State): L 23-38 (+3, u66.5)

Adam Scheer (Bowling Green): L 27-30 (-6.5, o49.5)

John Thompson (Arkansas State): W 23-20 (+7, u65)



DJ Durkin (Florida): W 28-20 (-7, u53.5)

Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin): W 34-31 (+6.5, p65)

Barry Cotton (Nebraska): W 42-45 (+7, o63)

Joe Rudolph (Pitt): L 34-35 (-3.5, o54)

David Gibbs (Houston): W 35-34 (+3.5, o54)

Dave Baldwin (Colorado State): L 10-45 (+2.5, u57)



Brian McClendon (UGA) W 24-17 (-6, u44)

Larry Scott (Miami) L 13-20 (+3, u62)

Darrell Dickey (Memphis) L 10-31, (+3, u64.5)

Jason Candle (Toledo) W 23-17 (+2, u49.5)

Brian Ward (Bowling Green) L 27-58 (-7, o63)

Dell McGee (Georgia Southern) W 58-27 (+7, o63)



Major Applewhite (Houston) L 10-34 (-4.5, u51)

Tom Allen (Indiana) W 24-26 (+3.5, u54)

TJ Weist (South Florida) L 46-39 (-10.5, o58.5)

Ed Foley (Temple) L 26-34 (-10.5, o41.5)

Nick Holt (WKU) W 51-31 (-6.5, o79)



Odell Haggins (Florida State) W 42-13 (-12, o48.5)

Greg Knox (Mississippi State) W 31-27 (+7, u63)

Jeff Banks (Texas A&M) W 52-55 (+3.5, o62.5)

Jedd Fisch (UCLA) L 17-35 (+6, u60)



Frank Maile (Utah State) vs. North Texas – New Mexico Bowl

Matt Ivey (Appalachian State) vs. Middle Tennessee – New Orleans Bowl

Ed Foley (Temple) vs. Duke – Independence Bowl



SU: 33-34

ATS: 32-34-1 (47.37%)

TOTAL: 30-35-2

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