Coaching Carousel Starts Spinning – November 28


The annual football coaching carousel started to spin already, especially in the NFL where Carolina fired head coach Frank Reich after just 11 games. The Panthers were just 1-10 and will play at NFC South Division rival Tampa Bay on Sunday. Carolina struggled mightily in their first 11 games. The offense, Reich’s specialty, has been especially bad averaging just 15.7 points per game.

Reich’s firing starts the annual coaching carousel, which will continue through the rest of the regular season and on Black Monday, the first day after the final day of the regular season. Last year, five NFL head coaches were fired. Three of those were fired during the season. One of those was Reich, who was let go in Indianapolis. It’s the first time in the Super Bowl era that an NFL coach has been fired in consecutive seasons by different teams.

College Coaching Carousel Moving Too

The coaching carousel isn’t limited to the NFL. The college coaching carousel has begun its annual spin. The biggest move of the season started when Texas A&M fired Jimbo Fisher. Fisher, of course, had the highest contract buyout in the history of the game. The Aggies sucked it up and will pay it. The university hired former Fisher assistant and Duke head coach Mike Elko to be the program’s next head coach.

Coaching Carousel Starts Spinning - November 28
A number of CFB jobs will need to be filled

Early in the 2023 season, Michigan State’s Mel Tucker was fired due to sexual misconduct allegations. Harlon Barnett served as the interim head coach. On Saturday, the Spartans announced that they were hiring Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith. Mississippi State also just announced the hiring of Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby. And the coaching carousel will continue as we head into bowl season.

Reservations for SportsHub Cappers at Top of the Leaderboard

It’s official. Reservations for Sports Hub expert handicappers have been confirmed. Yesterday, the top spot on the leaderboard went to our own Diego Garcia, who has been a consistent, long-term profitable handicapper. He was one of six Sports Hub cappers in the top-7 yesterday. I know I sound like a broken record, but the mad skills of our cappers are absolutely the best in the business. 

There may be a little bit of our version of the coaching carousel at the very top of the board, but our guys are consistently near the top. Robert Jones, Gino Russo, Patrick Doyle, Logan Wilson, Tonny Ricci…these are all names that you should recognize. That’s because they are consistently being mentioned in my Daily Report. They are the reason why you and every other sports bettor should have a Sports Hub account.

Now, let’s take a look at yesterday’s leaderboard.

Coaching Carousel Starts Spinning - November 28
Diego Garcia is atop our leaderboard
  • Where in the world is Diego Garcia: That’s easy. He’s at the top of the leaderboard! Diego hit two CBB picks and nailed the Under on last night’s Monday night football game. With a 3-0 record, he earned $300 to lead yesterday’s charge.
  • I’m No. 2: Here’s another name you’ll recognize – Knup Sports. Our friends put in 11 picks (NHL and NBA) yesterday and went 7-4. They earned $260, which gives Knup Sports $1375 over the last seven days. Wouldn’t you like to earn over $1300 in a week? 
  • The Four Horsemen: Patrick Doyle, Logan Wilson, Robert Jones, and Gino Russo all went 2-0 and won $200. As mentioned earlier, all of these guys are Sports Hub experts. Gino is up $1065 over the last 30 days. To gain access to all of the handicappers in our database, register for a free Sports Hub account. Click JOIN at the top of the page to get started.
  • Tonny Ricci: Tonny was the final Sports Hub guy in the top-7 yesterday. He’s been here before and yesterday he went 3-1, all on basketball picks. Tonny took home $190.

NFL Coaching Carousel Begins to Move

Yes, the NFL coaching carousel is starting to move. When one coach is fired, it sets off a chain reaction that typically ends up with numerous coaches, both head and assistants, moving from team to team. Hence, the name…coaching carousel.

The big news yesterday was the firing of Reich by the Panthers. He was the second NFL head coach to be fired already. The Raiders let Josh McDaniels go a few weeks ago. Now, there are two teams looking for head coaches heading into 2024. The coaching carousel will continue to heat up as three more head coaches are directly on the hot seat. 

Let’s take a look below.

  • You’re fired: Frank Reich kept the coaching carousel spinning when he was fired after a 1-10 start with the Panthers this season. It was reported that Reich wanted to draft C.J. Stroud instead of Bryce Young. Hmmm.
  • You’re hired: Elko turned Duke around pretty quickly, going 16-9 in two seasons at a school where it is hard to win. He’s a defensive guy who will assemble a solid staff, but he’ll have to prove he can win quickly. Otherwise, he’ll be back on the coaching carousel in a few years.
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Elko is the new head coach at Texas A&M
  • Coaching carousel: In the NFL, more heads could spin as three guys are firmly on the hot seat over the final stretch of the regular season. Ron Rivera in Washington has been on a hot seat pretty much the whole time he’s been the Commanders head coach. Washington is 4-8 and has lost its last three straight. Next up…the Dolphins.
  • Keep spinning: The coaching carousel keeps going round and round and it may include the Chargers Brandon Staley. The Bolts are 4-7 and have lost their last three in a row. It seems like LA continually underachieves. Another couple of losses – LA plays the Broncos twice, the Bills and the Chiefs before season’s end – and Staley could be packing up his office.
  • Could it happen: He is a legend…but he’s also 2-9 this year. Bill Belichick might not be fired, but he may be asked to resign. His Patriots are terrible. They are 31st in scoring (13.5 ppg) and the defense is nothing special. The Pats have lost their last four in a row. Belichick out in New England would really spice up the coaching carousel. Who would replace him?

Today’s Schedule Full of Hoops

For the first Tuesday in a long time, there is no college football. Tonight, we get treated to a night full of basketball. The NBA has its TNT doubleheader and there are a ton of good college basketball games on tap. Anything will be better than last night’s Bears-Vikings fiasco. That was not a pretty game to watch…unless you were on the Under like our expert Diego Garcia!

Here’s a look at today’s sports schedule.

  1. 10 games on NHL schedule: The NHL coaching carousel started already and another head coach was fired just yesterday. The Minnesota Wild let Dean Eveson go after a 5-10-4 start. The Wild have a current seven-game winless streak. They play at home against St. Louis tonight. Carolina is at Philadelphia in the game being broadcast on Hulu. 
  2. NBA TNT doubleheader: As mentioned, the TNT doubleheader is tonight. It should be a battle as Milwaukee heads to South Beach to face Miami in the first game. Later, Golden State will take on the Kings in Sacramento. These are two of the eight games on the schedule tonight. It’s the final night of the NBA’s in-season tournament group play. Check the database for today’s NBA picks.
  1. Full college basketball schedule: The men’s college basketball schedule is a full one tonight and several ranked teams are in action. New No. 1 Purdue is at home against Texas Southern. We have an early season matchup of ranked teams tonight. No. 8 Miami plays at No. 12 Kentucky. 
  2. World soccer: The UEFA Champions League tops the world soccer schedule today with eight matches. The FIFA U-17 World Cup continues and there are several lower-tier professional leagues with matches today.
  3. Tennis: The first round of the Next Gen ATP Finals presented by NEOM begins today. On the women’s tour, first round action in the Argentina and Creand-Andorra Opens continues today.

If you’re a hoops fan, there is plenty of action on the hardwood today. See how our Sports Hub experts are betting on tonight’s NBA and college basketball games by visiting our database. With the NFL coaching carousel starting to move faster, keep tabs on trending news surrounding coaches on the hot seat. Soon enough, it will be Thursday and we’ll start up Week 13 in the NFL season. Until then, keep it tuned to Sports Hub for all the best content, betting tips, and, of course, picks. See you tomorrow after a successful Tuesday.