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College Football: Head Coaches Facing Their Former School Right Away

Posted by Andrew McKillop on September 23, 2011

In just his fourth game as Michigan’s head coach, Brady Hoke will be facing San Diego State; the school he was hired away from last January.  This will be the sixteenth matchup in the last 25 years, where a FBS head coach faces their most recent former school, in just their first season at their new school.  It’s a short post, but I thought it was an interesting topic to delve into quickly.

Head Coaches Facing Their Most Recent Former School…

Year Head Coach New School Old School Score
2011 Brady Hoke Michigan San Diego St ?
2010 Mike London Virginia Richmond W 34-13
2008 Houston Nutt Mississippi at Arkansas W 23-21
2007 Todd Graham Tulsa at Rice W 48-43
2007 Tom O’Brien NC St at Boston College L 17-37
2005 Ty Willingham Washington Notre Dame L 17-36
2002 Bobby Johnson Vanderbilt Furman W 49-18
2002 Ty Willingham Notre Dame Stanford W 31-7
1999 Rick Neuheisel Washington Colorado W 31-24
1999 Tommy Tuberville Auburn Mississippi L 17-24
1999 Randy Walker Northwestern Miami OH L 3-28
1993 Terry Bowden Auburn Samford W 35-7
1992 Bruce Snyder Arizona St California W 28-12
1987 Dennis Erickson Washington St Wyoming W 43-28
1987 David McWilliams Texas Texas Tech W 41-27
1987 Larry Smith USC Arizona W 12-10


Since 1987, head coaches have an 11-4 record when facing their most recent former school, in their first season at their new job.


Reference: James Howell’s College Football Scores, College Football Data Warehouse, College Football at



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