This week in college, Florida and Nebraska have a few new faces around campus:

Nebraska has hired Mike Riley out of Oregon State to be the head of the Huskers starting with this season’s bowl game. Riley has a 93-80 over coaching record at Oregon State. The Beavers have never won their conference under Riley, nor have they finished in the top 15, and never played in a BCS bowl game under Riley.  During Riley’s 14 seasons tenure, the Beavers have had four seasons with at least 9 wins. Riley’s record in the PAC-10/PAC-12 is only 58-63. This seems like a step down from Bo Pelini’s 67-27 overall record, and 39-17 conference record. Despite the difference in win-loss record, someone in the Nebraska Athletic Department believes that Mike Riley’s pro style offense will put Nebraska’s program over the top.

 

The Florida Gators have fired Will Muschamp and replaced him with Jim McElwain from Colorado State. Jim McElwain has been a coach on the rise, winning 4 games, 8 games and 10 games in his brief 3 year career as head coach. This year, his Rams tied for second place in the Mountain West Conference. McElwain has won the only bowl game he coached. This contrast’s with Muschamp’s career, included 3 seasons which his Gators won 7 games or less. Muschamp’s worst season was in 2013 when he only won 4 games. After winning 6 division championships, 3 conference championships, and 2 national championships since 2000, Florida fans have been disappointed in Will Muschamp’s efforts and is hoping McElwain’s success in the Mountain West will transfer to the SEC.