When the Sun Belt holds its football media days Monday and Tuesday, three coaches will be making their first appearance.
Two others will be making their second, as the nine-team conference has seen five coaching changes in the last two seasons.
It's no surprise that the four teams that have not changed coaches have won or shared the Sun Belt title in the last four seasons, while the five that have had been out of contention.
Schnellenberger is in the last year of his current contract, and FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos said he will not discuss Schnellenberger's until after the season.
Here's the Sun Belt coaching breakdown, starting with the newest faces:
Arkansas State Hugh Freeze (first year)
Freeze was promoted to head coach after serving one season as the Red Wolves offensive coordinator. But it was quite a season, as ASU offense set nine records: Total plays (856), first downs (262), pass attempts (438), pass completions (266), completion percentage (.607), passing yards (3,057), passing yards per game (254.8) and passing touchdowns (23).
Freeze's offense uses a no-huddle, quick-snap scheme that minimizes the time between plays to maximize the number of plays. Under Freeze, the ASU offensive averaged 403.4 yards per game.
This is Freeze's second head coaching job. He spent two years at Lumbuth University (2008-09), an NAIA school, and had a 20-5 record.
Freeze replaces Steve Roberts, who never had a winning season in his eight years at ASU. The highlight of his tenure was 2005, when ASU went 5-2 in the Sun Belt to share the title and went to the New Orleans Bowl.
North Texas Dan McCarney (first year)
McCarney is getting his second chance as head coach. His first stint was a long one, as he spent 11 seasons at Iowa State, where he went 56-85 from 1995 to 2006.
McCarney was then an assistant at South Florida for one season before becoming defensive line coach at Florida from 2008 to 2010 under Urban Meyer.
McCarney inherits a North Texas program in disarray after a rocky three-plus seasons under Todd Dodge. The Mean Green went 6-37 under Dodge, who had been a successful high school coach in nearby Southlake Carroll before coming to North Texas.
North Texas is opening a new stadium this fall, and there is pressure to get back to where they were from 2001 to 2004, which was Sun Belt champions.
Louisiana-Lafayette Mark Hudspeth (first year)
Like McCarney, Hudspeth is also getting another chance as head coach, as he takes over the Ragin' Cajuns. Hudspeth, 42, was 66-21 in seven seasons at Division II power North Alabama (2002-08). He was an assistant at Mississippi State for two years before taking the job at ULL.
McCarney replaces Rickey Bustle, who lasted eight seasons at ULL but could never get the Cajuns into a bowl game. The Cajuns went 6-6 in 2008 and 2009 but fell to 3-9 last season, which cost Bustle his job. Bustle (38-56) never had a winning season.
Louisiana-Monroe Todd Berry (second season, 5-7)
Berry is another coach who is getting another chance in the Sun Belt. ULM is Berry's third head coaching job, and he is off to a solid start.
Berry guided a very young Warhawks team to a surprising 5-7 season last year, and ULM is expected to finish in the upper half of the standings this season.
Berry's first head coaching job was at Illinois State, where he went 24-24 in four seasons. The Redbirds were 11-3 in 1999 and advanced to the I-A semifinals. That earned him the head coaching job at Army, where he was 5-36 in four years.
Berry then had short stints at ULM, Miami and UNLV between 2004 and 2009, before taking over at ULM for the 2010 season.
Western Kentucky -- Willie Taggart (second season, 2-10)
Taggart took over a team that had real problems making the transition from I-AA to I-A. The 2002 I-AA national champions, the Hilltoppers decided to move to I-A, and began the two-year transition in 2007. They went 0-12 in 2009, their first full year as a member of the Sun Belt, and that cost David Elson his job.
WKU went with a known quantity when they hired Taggart, who played quarterback for the Hilltoppers. He was good enough to have his number retired. Taggart went right into coaching, serving as an assistant from 1999 to 2006 at his alma mater.
He then went to Stanford, where he was an assistant under Jim Harbaugh for three seasons before WKU brought him back, this time as head coach.
Taggart has two solid recruiting classes and the Hilltoppers are expected to be more competitive this season.
Florida International -- Mario Cristobal (fifth season, 16-33)
The Golden Panthers have made steady progress under Cristobal, from going 1-11 in his first year to having their first winning season in 2010, taking a share of the Sun Belt title and going to the program's first bowl game.
Cristobal's recruiting has been key to his success, as he has been able to keep local talent from going elsewhere.
Cristobal was an offensive lineman for the University of Miami, and was a graduate assistant there for two years before becoming an assistant at Rutgers from 2001-03. He returned to Miami as an assistant before being hired by FIU in 2007.
He took over a program that was in shambles and dealing with NCAA sanctions and academic penalties.
Middle Tennessee Rick Stockstill (sixth season, 33-30)
Stockstill paid his dues, spending 24 years as an assistant coach before behind hired by the Blue Raiders, and he has made the most of his opportunity.
MTSU won the Sun Belt title in Stockstill's first season and has been to three bowl games in his first five years.
Stockstill has strong ties to Florida. He was quarterback at Florida State (1977-81) and was an assistant at Bethune-Cookman and Central Florida. He also had stops at Clemson, East Carolina and South Carolina before getting his chance to be head coach at MTSU.
Stockstill's recruiting has kept the Blue Raiders from rebuilding, and they are expected to be in the hunt for another title and bowl trip this season.
Florida Atlantic Howard Schnellenberger (11th season, 57-63)
Schnellenberger, 77, created FAU's program and has been the team's only coach. The Owls had early success, making it to the I-AA semifinals in its third season in 2004, and winning the Sun Belt in 2007, its second season as a full member of the Sun Belt and I-A.
They also went to a bowl game in 2008, but have went 5-7 in 2009 and 4-8 last season, which has
Schnellenberger thought he had coached his last game when he was forced out after one season at Oklahoma in 1995, but was lured out of retirement by the prospect of creating a program from scratch.
Schnellenberger won a national championship in 1983 in his fifth and final season as coach of the Hurricanes, where he was 41-16. He also spent 10 seasons at Louisville (54-56-2 from 1985-1994), winning two bowl games.
Troy Larry Blakeney (20th season, 161-82-1)
The dean of the Sun Belt coaches is also one of the most successful. The Trojans have dominated the Sun Belt over the last five years, with five straight titles (three shared). Troy has been to four bowl games in five years and is a favorite to win another title this season.
Blakeney, 63, has built a solid recruiting network at the high school and junior college levels, and that has allowed him to restock his lineup and build depth that the rest of the Sun Belt has yet to catch up to.
Blakeney has brought Troy from Division II to I-AA and I-A and Troy has is 40-12 in seven seasons in the Sun Belt.