Jamey Chadwell served as interim head coach as the Chanticleers went 3-9 in their inaugural season in the FBS and the Sun Belt conference.Louisiana-Lafayette hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as its new head coach on December 15, replacing Mark Hudspeth.Taggart is now with his 3rd different team as head coach in just under a year.On December 10, 2016, he was the head coach at USF.The former Western Kentucky quarterback, and later WKU head coach, has quickly built a reputation as a man with great recruiting strengths and the ability to rebuild programs in a hurry.While his 47-50 overall record isn't scintillating, his final year at each of the three schools he's coached have produced winning seasons and a combined mark of 24-12.Haynes was fired the day before Thanksgiving (November 23) following a 2-10 season and a 14-45 mark over 5 years at the school.
Five days after Sumlin as fired from A&M, Fisher resigned from FSU and was immediately announced as the head coach of the Aggies.
Arizona hired Kevin Sumlin on Sunday (January 14) as head coach to complete a domino effect of changes that began on November 26 when he was fired by Texas A&M.
The Aggies subsequently plucked Jimbo Fisher from Florida State on December 1, leading the 'Noles to hire Willie Taggart away from Oregon on December 5 after just one season with the Ducks.
Nonetheless, the school said it was "in the best interest of the University of Arizona and our athletics department to go in a new direction".
Arizona completed a 7-6 season with a loss to Purdue in the Foster Farms Bowl.