College Football Coaches Fired in 2021

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Which College Football coaches were fired in 2021? This list of College Football coaches fired in 2021 shows that managing a professional sports team is never easy. College Football coaches face many challenges week in, week out, whether its' injuries, bad beats, and supernatural performances from opposing teams. However, at a point, the buck must stop somewhere, and that somewhere is the head coach. Not every College Football coach is an All-Timer, and some of the coaches on this list might actually be among the worst College Football coaches of all time. But, who are the best College Football head coaches fired this year? Which College Football coach got the axe too soon? Who deserves another spin around the College Football coaching carousel? 

Many would consider LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron to be the best College Football coach fired in 2021, having won a National Championship only two years ago. Then there's Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen who didn't quite live up to expectations. Other College Football coaches fired in 2021 include Gary Patterson at TCU, Clay Helton at USC, and Justin Fuente at Virginia Tech, who all were ousted despite winning records.

Vote up the College Football coaches who deserve another shot on the sidelines, or the College Football coaches you'd love to see your team hire.


  • Bronco Mendenhall
    Photo: ClemsonTigerNet / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    FIRED DECEMBER 2, 2021

    Record: 36-38 over six seasons

    Marc Bronco Clay Mendenhall (born February 21, 1966) is the former head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers football team at the University of Virginia. Previously he was a highly successful head coach of the BYU Cougars football team, leaving with the second-most wins in school history, eleven consecutive bowl invitations, five 10-win seasons, and regular national Top 25 rankings. He won a total of 99 games in his eleven years there.
    • Teams Managed: Virginia Cavaliers
    • Birthplace: Alpine, Utah
  • Doug Martin
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    Doug Martin

    FIRED NOVEMBER 23, 2021

    Record: 24–74 over nine seasons

    Douglas Franklin Martin (born February 4, 1963) American football coach and former quarterback, who is the former head football coach of the New Mexico State Aggies. He played college football at Kentucky for coach Fran Curci and Jerry Claiborne from 1981 to 1984. He then served as the head coach of the Kent State Golden Flashes (2004–2010).
    • Teams Managed: New Mexico State Aggies football
    • Birthplace: Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Gary Patterson
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain


    Record: 181–79 over twenty two seasons

    Gary Allen Patterson (born February 13, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He was the former head football coach at Texas Christian University and the winningest coach in Horned Frogs' history. Patterson has led the TCU Horned Frogs to six conference championships—one Conference USA title in 2002; four Mountain West Conference titles in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011; —and nine bowl game victories—including victories in the 2011 Rose Bowl and 2014 Peach Bowl. His 2010 squad finished the season undefeated at 13–0 after a 21–19 Rose Bowl victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on New Year's Day 2011, and ranked second in the final tallying of both major polls.
    • Teams Managed: TCU Horned Frogs
    • Birthplace: Rozel, Kansas
  • Randy Edsall
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    Randy Edsall


    Record: 6-32 over four seasons

    Randy Douglas Edsall (born August 27, 1958) is a retired American football coach, formerly the head football coach at the University of Connecticut from 1997–2010 and again from 2017 until his abrupt retirement in 2021. He also served as the head coach at the University of Maryland from 2011 to 2015 and as director of football research-special projects for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) in 2016. During his first stint at UConn, he oversaw the program's promotion from the NCAA Division I-AA level to Division I-A. He is the program's all-time leader in wins and games coached.
    • Teams Managed: UConn Huskies
    • Birthplace: Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
  • David Cutcliffe
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    FIRED NOVEMBER 28, 2021

    Record: 77-97 over fourteen seasons

    David Nelson Cutcliffe (born September 16, 1954) is the former head football coach of the Duke University Blue Devils. Under Cutcliffe, in 2012 the Blue Devils ended an 18-year bowl drought and also brought the Victory Bell back to Duke after beating arch-rival University of North Carolina. The following season, Cutcliffe led the team to a second straight bowl appearance, another win over North Carolina, an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championship and the first 10-win season in school history. He also earned multiple college football coach of the year awards from the Walter Camp Football Foundation,[2] the Maxwell Football Club, and the Bobby Dodd Foundation.
    • Teams Managed: Duke Blue Devils football
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Walt Bell
    Photo: UMass / Twitter

    Walt Bell

    FIRED NOVEMBER 8, 2021

    Record: 2–23 over three seasons

    • Teams Managed: UMass Minutemen
    • Birthplace: Dickson, Tennessee