It doesn’t take long these days to climb the seniority ladder in college coaching.
And after four firings in the Pac-12 this year — the only four expected — Steve Sarkisian is indeed moving on up, now tied for fourth in longeviety in the conference with Chip Kelly, behind only Jeff Tedford, Mike Riley and Kyle Whittingham.
Here’s a look at each Pac-12 coach and how long he has been at his school, and record at that school:
Cal — Jeff Tedford, 10 years (first year in 2002), 79-47.
Oregon State — Mike Riley, 11 years overall, but started his current stint in 2003, 72-63 (including both stints)
Utah — Kyle Whittingham, 7 years, 64-25
Oregon — Chip Kelly, 3 years, 32-6
Washington — Steve Sarkisian, 3 years, 19-18
USC — Lane Kiffin, 2 years, 18-7
Stanford — David Shaw, 1 year, 11-1
Colorado — Jon Embree, 1 year, 3-9
Washington State, UCLA, Arizona State all looking for a coach. Arizona has hired Rich Rodriguez to replace the fired Mike Stoops.
After the carnage of this year, next season looks to be a little light on the hot-seat-o-meter. Some might wonder about Riley and Tedford if either were to stumble again. Tedford, though, could easily win eight games this year and has been recruiting well and has built up a lot of equity at Cal (you’d think, anyway). Riley is coming off two straight bowl-less seasons, but the Beavers are a young team and a bounceback to the post-season next year wouldn’t be a surprise. Everybody else would seem safe.