If not for Jabba getting the boot, I think Kelly would have ended up at Florida.
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that's easy, nick saban.
But I think even the devil himself is busy right now.
Speaking of motivators, I wonder what Mark Mangino's doing right now?
...but I'll take a guess.
He is currently destroying the hot-bar at the Golden Corral.
You would have to think that BK at a minimum is not exactly thrilled with this news.
In hindsight, BK should have waited until after all the bowl games were played. It's not like there were many other marquee names out there for ND to hire besides him. Then this probably would have just dropped into his lap.
The job is Tom Izzo's to lose.
At least he would deserve it. Chris Peterson would as well.
wouldn't it be nice if BK left ND now, and I coached either Florida or Notre Dame??? Then i could be sure Michigan would win whenever they played them year!!
edit: added Florida
Would he have been a realistic candidate? Kind of poor timing for him if so.
No way. Strong has no head coaching experience except for a 27-10 Peach Bowl loss to Miami as an interim coach when Ron Zook was fired in 2004. UF is in a position where they probably won't train a HC on the job anymore.
I want to see Chris Petersen get the job. BSU is currently undefeated again and can't sniff the championship, and they definitely got screwed with their bowl matchup. I would imagine that, for a coach of his caliber, the time would be right for a move.
Also, they might have to take a look at Meyer's successor at Utah, Kyle Whittingham. He's 47-17 there, and 32-7 his last three years. It would be a long shot, but I could see Meyer reccommending him, and hiring from Utah worked out pretty well in Meyer's case.
At any rate, it should be a lot of fun to watch. Since I live in FL, I will be experiencing a great media frenzy for awhile.
Do you have a feel for whether they'd look at a smaller-school guy who might be a bigger risk or an established big-school guy like either Stoops, Petrino, etc?
Going smaller-school worked once already with Meyer. I think if there's a viable candidate from a mid-major (like Peterson), Florida would take a close look.
the problem is that all the coaches that have been successful at BSU have really really sucked outside of it.
I'd prefer TCU's coach if I was Florida...
Tim Tebow. note the period after the name. proves it's official.
Kyle Wittingham. If Urban Meyer has some say over his successor it may help his chances. Wittingham was his D coordinator at Utah. They may even take a look at Harbaugh. Probably will make a run at Bob Stoops as well but don't think he would go.
is the #1 "dark horse" candidate, but he's only done it at Utah following Meyer. Before he got the Florida job, Meyer had remarkable success at both Utah AND Bowling Green as a HC. If Meyer trusts him, then Foley has to make that move (especially if Meyer retains some sort of "Executive Ass't AD" role at UF)
And he had the resolve to go against the fans wish for the return of Spurrier to take Meyer with him. It's been 5 years since Meyer left Utah, so it's not like the still successful program is Meyer's doing. As for him just sustaining what Meyer has already built, well, that's what he'd be doing at Florida too. And he's shown his undefeated team can beat Bama.
I don't think Harbaugh would "fit" Florida. AZ Stoops would be a bit underwhelming. The aforementioned NC coach might have an outside shot. But I'm going with the Utah pipeline.
Patterson, Peterson, Jim Harbaugh(HAHAHAHA as if), Mike Stoops...
I can hear Lane Kiffin chuckling evilly and tenting his fingers as we speak.
My vote's for Steve.
Spurrier made football fun and exciting.
Now that I got that out of the way, a quick shotgun target of possible coaches for Florida to me would be:
Petrino (already a mercenary and maybe losing his QB to the draft)
RichRod (See post in the Urban Meyer is leaving thread)
Charlie Strong (quick rehire?)
The ass't in Texas who's Mack Brown's Coach-in-waiting (Musgrave? Musgrove?)
Will Muschamp, their DC
Bell's Amber Ale (#5 tonight) is getting to my cognitive capabilities.
I think Bob Stoops has to get a pretty strong look
but I would say that OU and UF are about the same job. And Stoops is already entrenched with Western recruiting pipelines, has a QB coming back, and is soon going to be facing the prospect of a Mack Brown-less Texas team (I venture 2-3 yrs at most left for Mack). TexTech is a up/down team, no one in the Big 12 North is a potential powerhouse anymore (yes, including Nebraska), and the Big 12 is still a big money program so I don't think Stoops would jump.
He owns the state, has recruiting locked down and makes a ton of money. It's not like Oklahoma isn't a marquee job with a ton of prestige and tradition where Stoops has already developed a legacy. He's turned down huge money already (ND) for an allegedly higher profile job.
He might jump but I can't see it.
Bob Stoops also hasn't said no to Florida yet.
Apparently saying "I plan on staying at Oklahoma" over and over again doesn't mean anything on the internet.
They have a headline for tomorrow!!
Tyrone Willingham. Let's see what the man can do with talent. End sarcasm?
hands off, cocksmokers.
Still a shock to me. To lose one of the best coaches in the country like that..
Anyone else see a return of Dan Mullen? If anyone understands the offense, it'd be him.
he signed with Miss St before last season was 4 yrs at $1.2M each. Now that he has 3 yrs left, that's a $3.6M potential buy-out... I would think that if Foley really has him in the sights, he'd be able to get him for less than $3.6M in buy-out money.
UPDATE: Mullen's in talks for a contract extension at Miss St, but state laws prevent a state employee from having a contract longer than 4 years at any time, so they're renegotiating a 1 yr extension. (Source: http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/content/view/187133/92/) I would say Mullen is available.
I think Mullen's the top candidate. Head coaching experience, good success his first year, knows the offense, knows the players, is in a job with a clear ceiling, buy out isn't ridiculous.
Charlie Strong is probably not a happy guy right now. Hey Charlie, did you sign the contract yet? I have to say it would be hilarious if Kelly hadn't signed HIS contract and punks the Domers.
Butch Davis .. but i think Florida hires from within just in the case Meyer sits out a season and wants to return after he gets his health under control
Davis has already shown he can win at one Florida school (Miami), and Florida is definitely an upgrade over UNC.
Butch Davis to Florida would be scary...
I hadn't thought of Davis, but he would be a great hire. He rebuilt The U, but has hit the wall at UNC, at least when it comes to recruiting. The school allocates so much of its resources for hoops (rightfully so, I might add) that there doesn't seem to be enough to attract quality recruits for football.
Even with limited personnel, Davis' teams are always well-prepared and play hard.
Some candidates are the Stoops brothers, Kyle Wittingham, Bobby Petrino
he seems to be on every list of candidates for a vacant head coaching spot, whether it be in the NFL or college...so ill just throw his name out there for that simple reason
Edit: I really have no clue. But I will throw out Paul Johnson, has had good results at GT
The obvious answer is Mark Dantonio.
Just imagine if he could get a hold of the type of talent a school like Florida has.
If Florida really wanted Charlie Strong, it would not be out of the realm of possibility for them to hire him, especially since he probably has not signed his contract yet.
Jim Leavitt anyone?
I'd like to see Gary Patterson get a shot at it over Petersen. With that being said, either would be an excellent hire.
Tim Tebow, I'm sure.
I don't think the mental makeup that lead to burnout will change in 12 months. Or 24 months. If he returns before he deals with his approach to coaching, another premature departure is probably inevitable.
Charlie Weis would give Florida a decisive schematic advantage.
the guy has got serious NFL experience.
what could go wrong?
Herbie just came on ESPN and said Les Miles will be the next Florida coach.
The only way he beats the Gators is by coaching them!
According to Pat Forde's twitter(http://twitter.com/espn4d)
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel cites sources saying next UF coach will not be Charlie Strong.
Is the obvious choice. I would definitely be happy to see him go so he wouldn't be owning us on the field and in recruiting anymore.
It would be a smart move for him - Florida is a warm state, which means it would be extremely difficult for his players to find ski masks at local stores - hence a reduction in off the field issues.
I bet Foley's on the phone with Dantonio right now.
With the athletes Florida already has in place, they're not going to change schemes immediately. I would expect a hire from within the program recently (Mullen, for example), an Urban Meyer disciple (Kyle Whittingham), or another spread offense genius (Chris Peterson). They're not going to switch to a pro-style offense or a triple option like Paul Johnson's. That would involve rebuilding a program that's already at the top of its game.