There is not a lot of marquee games on the docket this weekend. USC/UCLA maybe the biggest one. After weeks of intense college football action, we get a one weekend reprieve before the madness starts again. So let’s talk a bit about Florida’s next coach.
Florida hired the best coordinator available and they went defense with Muschamp. What are the odds they go proven head coach and offense this time?
Yeah, me too.
Just Stop It Already Candidates
These are the candidates that for some reason are going to get mentioned but shouldn’t – for various reasons.
Rich Rodriguez – After the debacle at Michigan, RichRod is in a great place. He’s going to win a lot of games, go to a few bowls, challenge for a championship every now and then without all the crazy pressure of a SEC school.
Dan Mullen – I know Florida wants him. He’d be awesome but can’t see him leaving Mississippi State. What he’s built there is impressive and it’s more than just a good football team. It’s a complete culture change.
Lane Kiffin – There is a part of me that would love to see this happen if only to get him off of the Alabama coaching staff. After seeing what he’s done as a head coach at the Raiders, Tennessee, and USC – it would be awesome to see Florida go even lower than what they already are. Somebody, somewhere, sometime is going to offer Kiffin a head coaching job again against all the evidence to the contrary. Can’t see Florida being that desperate right now.
Mack Brown – Actually heard somebody say that Brown would be a good fit at Florida. Made me wonder if that person had been stuck in a time warp for the last 5 years.
Tim Tebow – It’s going to happen. Mark my words, somebody is going to seriously suggest Tim as a head coach to Florida. He’s a great guy and his legend has only grown since he left the Swamp but Tim as a head coach?
The Usual Suspects
Bob Stoops – Does anybody really see him leaving Oklahoma?
Bobby Petrino – He’d leave in a heartbeat, great offensive mind but comes with baggage and risk.
Hugh Freeze – Florida ties, has a great gig in Ole Miss. Possibility.
Jim McElwain – former Alabama offensive coordinator and current head coach at Colorado State. He’d be a great hire but he’s got a $7.25 million dollar contract buyout clause.
Mike Shannahan – Don’t know if this would be a good hire or not. With all the drama coming out of the Redskins, it sure does paint him in a better light. He wouldn’t have to fake and bake as much.
Assistant Coaches That Could But Won’t Be Hired
The only reason I say this is because of Muschamp. I imagine Florida is going to be a bit hesitant to hire another assistant. I could be wrong though.
Kirby Smart – Defensive coordinator at Alabama. I hope he never gets hired anywhere else. He’s brilliant. I hope Alabama has some clause in his contract that makes him the next head coach after Saban. Have no idea how he will do as a head coach. Don’t want to find out either.
Dave Wommack – Defensive Coordinator, Ole Miss. What he has built at Ole Miss is impressive. Does he fit the profile of Florida? Not an offensive guy, not a young guy.
Chad Morris – Offensive Coordinator, Clemson. What Morris has done with Dabo Sweeney is pretty impressive. He consistently has an offense that puts up points no matter what the talent level is. Imagine what he could do with Florida?
Put your thoughts in the comments. (I’m looking at you, Chris! ha ha)