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Florida coaching candidates (updated 12/9)

Posted on: December 8, 2010 7:27 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 11:01 am
 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Welcome to Day 2 of the post-Urban Florida coaching search. This time it's for real. We think.

Florida AD Jeremy Foley says he'd like to have someone hired in 2-2 1/2 weeks. He also says he hasn't contacted any candidates. Of course, he hasn't. That's not the way searches work. Coaches who want to remain anonymous can keep on the down low by speaking to a third party. You can bet some influential Gators have been burning up the phone lines talking to candidates already -- probably some of these candidates.

Here's my list in descending order of probability...

Bobby Petrino, Arkansas:
You know Petrino would come. Moss is practically growing on him by now in Fayetteville. If he does leave, the Hogs cannot whine at all. You knew (or should have known) what you were getting into when you hired this guy.

It would be a good get for Foley, but for how long?

Kyle Whittingham, Utah:
Hire back-to-back Utah coaches? Why not? This is the perfect job at the perfect time for Whittingham. Meyer's former defensive coordinator with the Utes kept the momentum going after his boss left for Florida.

The biggest drawback: Whit is an accomplished head coach already headed to a BCS conference (Pac-12). He could take a bigger step going to the SEC. If they hired him, the Gators would play defense, I guarantee you that.



Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: This is almost too easy. Florida has to call him and Mullen has to accept to get out of StarkVegas after two seasons. Florida's offense hasn't been the same since the former Gators offensive coordinator left.

Here's what bothers me: Mullen isn't exactly known as an aggressive recruiter. His record in two seasons with the Bulldogs is still only 13-11. On the plus side: Steve Spurrier didn't enjoy recruiting either and he did all right. Mullen would unite the Gator Nation, although whoever gets hired is going to be the guy to follow the guy. Never a good thing in the coaching profession. You know what happened here the last time a coaching icon left.

Kevin Sumlin, Houston: Foley loves him.


Jon Gruden, NFL analyst:
This is getting tiring. Gruden's name will come up. It will gain momentum and he won't get the job. Unless they've absolutely fallen in love with him, ADs are wise to his act. Gruden wants to alert NFL GMs and owners that he is available. That's what the whole Miami thing was about.

Chip Kelly, Oregon: If his team wasn’t playing for the national championship I bet he'd more than listen. The timing, though, is a deal breaker. Kelly wouldn't leave until after the BCS title game (Jan. 10) and Florida sure wouldn't wait that long.

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma: There will be some sentiment for Spurrier's former defensive coordinator to come "home". Insiders know that Stoopsie is perfectly happy in Norman, loves his AD (Joe Castiglione) and can continue to compete for Big 12 and national championships each year. Sorry, Gators.

Chris Petersen, Boise State: As much as I like Pete, he wouldn't last three minutes in Florida's media fish bowl. There's a reason he hasn't left yet. Petersen is completely comfortable at a place where he can win forever.

Larry Fedora, Southern Miss: Could be dark horse candidate.

Will Muschamp, Texas defensive coordinator:
If this had happened a year ago -- wait a minute, it did -- Muschamp might have a better chance. Anyway, no matter where the fault lies Muschamp's star fell a little bit this season after Texas' horrid 2010. Muschamp, with an SEC pedigree, could be a fallback candidate if the search hits some snags.

Charlie Strong, Louisville: Florida's former D coordinator is a strong recruiter and great man. Florida needs a rock star. Charlie Strong is not a rock star.

Jim Harbaugh, Stanford: NFL first, Michigan second, Stanford third if neither of the first two open up. Florida isn't going to be option No. 4.

 

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina: Don't. Think. So.

 

Comments

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 11:12 am
 

Florida coaching candidates

Bobby Petrino skipped out on Atlanta? 
Bobby Petrino was hired by Atlanta to develop Michael Vick into an unstoppable offensive juggernaut.
I suspect that it wasn't rocket science to figure out that it would be rather difficult to do while said Michael Vick was serving time in Federal prison. Does that make Bobby Petrino a coward?  If a coach makes moves similar to the moves an organization makes is he to be ostracized? 
The Dallas Cowboys fired Wade Phillips in the middle of a multi-year contract.  Is the Dallas Cowboy organization cowardly?    Pittsburg Panthers just showed Dave Wannstadt the door, are they cowardly? 
Atlanta, get over it!  When situations change people have to make decisions.  If there is a scapegoat to the Falcon story it lies at the feet of Michael Vick, anything after that was just business decisions.   Yeah, sometimes business decisions hurt people.  But guess what, that is life, get over it!


Your argument if STUPID.  I don't think many people (other than Hog fans) are going to agree with you.  You are correct, it is a business.  That doesn't mean that you shouldn't have integrity.  I don't blame Petrino for leaving Atlanta, but to leave in the middle of the season . . . BY LEAVING A DEAR JOHN LETTER FOR HIS PLAYERS AND ASSISTANTS is nothing but COWARDLY!!!!!   



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:21 am
 

Florida coaching candidates

"Atlanta, get over it!  When situations change people have to make decisions.  If there is a scapegoat to the Falcon story it lies at the feet of Michael Vick, anything after that was just business decisions.  Yeah, sometimes business decisions hurt people.  But guess what, that is life, get over it!"

Oh were over it.  We have a much better team now.  What Petrino did is still cowardly though.  We would not have been bothered by him leaving after the season, but he left in the middle of week 13 and not even 24 hours after he sat down with Arthur Blank and told him he had a coach for next season.  Then, not even have the balls to go into the locker room with the team and announce he was leaving and instead leave everyone an "official note".  That my friend is the work of a yellow streak coward.

Btw.....he will never leave Arkansas and as much I hate the Gators, Foley is not idiot and he will hired the best coach to lead his program and that will not be Bobby Petrino. 





Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:18 am
 

Florida coaching candidates

Can we pry Galen Hall away from Penn State?  How about Hall as HC and Kerwin Bell as OC and head-coach-in-training.  Apparently JoePa is never going to retire so this may be Galen's best chance to run a big-time program.  Go Gators!



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:58 am
 

Florida coaching candidates

LSU-in-AR, I didn't make myself clear. With his new contract, he could be the 6th highest paid head coach in the country by 2014 if he keeps winning. Money is not an issue at Arkansas either (ever heard of Wal-Mart, Tyson, or J.B. Hunt?), and the rumor is the massive buyout was his idea. He wouldn't sign a 7 year extension unless he was real happy to be here and planned on staying awhile.



Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:34 pm
 

Florida coaching candidates

If you don't think Florida has the money to buy out Petrino's contract you are smoking that hog weed.  If they want him and he is interested, he is gone.   I don't think any program, except for possibly Notre Dame has the buying power of Florida.  



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:28 pm
 

Florida coaching candidates

Gator Fan here and I say Mullen gets it. Obvious ties to Florida and he notched a few years as a head coach under his belt. Although Miss State is a fellow SEC program, it is the lower rung of the conference. Florida is the big leagues.

Meyer was a class act and a great coach. If he truly needs to get out for awhile, then good luck to him. It is not a betrayal or him quitting at all. I wish him all the luck in the world. He'll be on the sidelines again real soon. Just hope it isnt in in the SEC. 



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:15 pm
 

Florida coaching candidates

After the Sugar Bowl, Bobby Petrino is expected to sign a 7 year extension with a raise and a buyout of $6 million. Don't think he's going anywhere anytime soon.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:00 pm
 

Florida coaching candidates

The beauty of the whole deal is all the speculation that has sprung up since "The News Flash."  Nobody knows at this point.  I'm sure Foley has received some "3rd party" contact already.  I would say for the money they pay at UF probably anyone would go outside of Bill Bellichick.  The Gator Nation is used to winning and no one short of icon/rockstar status will do.



Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 10:04 pm
 

Florida coaching candidates

Bobby Petrino skipped out on Atlanta? 

Bobby Petrino was hired by Atlanta to develop Michael Vick into an unstoppable offensive juggernaut.
I suspect that it wasn't rocket science to figure out that it would be rather difficult to do while said Michael Vick was serving time in Federal prison.

Does that make Bobby Petrino a coward?  If a coach makes moves similar to the moves an organization makes is he to be ostracized? 
The Dallas Cowboys fired Wade Phillips in the middle of a multi-year contract.  Is the Dallas Cowboy organization cowardly?  Pittsburg Panthers just showed Dave Wannstadt the door, are they cowardly? 
Atlanta, get over it!  When situations change people have to make decisions.  If there is a scapegoat to the Falcon story it lies at the feet of Michael Vick, anything after that was just business decisions.  Yeah, sometimes business decisions hurt people.  But guess what, that is life, get over it!



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:15 pm
 

Florida coaching candidates

Petrino will never leave Arkansas like he did Louisville or the Atlanta Falcons. Imagine what crossing Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would be like. No, Petrino will have to wait until Jones fires him at Arkansas before he's allowed to coach anywhere.


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