The college football coaching carousel was completely insane last winter and it heavily involved the SEC.

Florida fired Dan Mullen and LSU fired Ed Orgeron, leaving two of the biggest jobs in the conference open.

Billy Napier was hired to replace Mullen while Brian Kelly left Notre Dame to replace Orgeron in Baton Rouge.

Those coaching moves were in addition to Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma for USC and Brent Venables finally leaving Dabo Swinney’s side at Clemson to replace Riley as the Sooners’ head coach.

There was also Mario Cristobal leaving Oregon for Miami, which led to Dan Lanning leaving Georgia to take over for Cristobal in Eugene.

It’s hard to imagine another offseason as wild as what we saw after the 2021 season, but I think the SEC, specifically, could get very crazy later this year.

In fact, I think there are four SEC jobs that could come open by the end of the year.

Here are the jobs I think come open and who gets hired at those jobs.

1. Bryan Harsin leaves Auburn for a new job; Tigers hire Lane Kiffin away from Ole Miss

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Oct 9, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffen prior to the game against Arkansas Razorbacks at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

I’d be extremely surprised if Bryan Harsin is at Auburn after the 2022 season. I think he’ll do fine this season and lead the Tigers to an 8-5 season or somewhere in that neighborhood. I think he’ll then parlay a decent season into a job out west, where I think he’d be more comfortable.

To replace Harsin, I think Auburn will go all-in on Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin. It will be tough to get Kiffin to leave Oxford, where I think he’s genuinely happy. But the allure of winning a national title at Auburn — something that doesn’t seem to be possible at Ole Miss — will be too strong for Kiffin to turn down.

2. Ole Miss hires Dan Lanning to replace Lane Kiffin

If Dan Lanning has a fairly decent first season at Oregon, I think you’ll see several programs pursue him. And I think Lanning would be eager to return to the SEC.

Lanning has spent time as an assistant coach under Nick Saban at Alabama and Kirby Smart at Georgia. He most recently helped lead the Bulldogs to a national championship while serving as Smart’s defensive coordinator. Lanning also spent two years at Memphis, so he should have some solid recruiting connections in the Memphis/Oxford area. It would be tough for him to leave Oregon after just one season, but it’s hard to pass up an SEC job.

3. Clark Lea gets fired from Vanderbilt; Commodores hire Jeff Lebby

If Clark Lea has another two-win season, I think Vanderbilt will quickly move on from him — even though he’s a Nashville native and former Vandy fullback.

The Commodores haven’t had much luck with defensive coaches in recent years. Derek Mason failed to get the job done and Lea didn’t look too great during his first season leading the Commodores.

Vanderbilt’s next hire needs to be an offensive-minded coach. That’s why I think going hard after Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby would be a great move. If Lebby can just put a great offensive product on the field in Nashville, he could turn the Vanderbilt job into an even bigger opportunity (just like James Franklin did at Vandy a decade ago).

Being the head coach at Vandy isn’t easy, but Franklin proved that it’s a job that can lead to bigger and better things. And it would certainly be tough for Lebby to turn down an SEC head coaching job.

4. Mark Stoops leaves Kentucky for Florida State, Wildcats hire Hugh Freeze

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Dec 18, 2021; Mobile, Alabama, USA; Liberty Flames head coach Hugh Freeze watches his defense on the field in the first quarter during the 2021 LendingTree Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert McDuffie-USA TODAY Sports

How much longer can Mark Stoops stay at Kentucky? He’s a great coach, but winning more than 10 games at Kentucky is seemingly impossible. If Florida State fires Mike Norvell, they could look to reunite with Stoops (he was the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator from 2010 to 2012).

If that happens, then Kentucky should immediately call up Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze and offer him the job. There’s no doubt that the former Ole Miss head coach wants to be back in the SEC. And his offensive approach is proven in the SEC. I don’t think Freeze could win a natty or anything like that at Kentucky, but he could certainly make the Wildcats a dangerous team.

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