Saturday, December 26, 2009

With Meyer leaving Florida, let the mindless succession talk begin.

Urban Meyer's departure from Florida after the Sugar Bowl is going to launch a whole lot of speculation, it it hasn't already. Everybody and their dog is going to have their choice for who they would like to see replace Meyer as the Gators' coach. And the first one to suggest Tebow needs to be have their internet privileges revoked.
After Ron Zook's crash and burn it's doubtful that Florida goes the promote-the assistant coach route. Former Florida offensive coordinator and current Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is already getting nods. As is Charlie Strong, who just took the job as Louisville head coach. Mullin I can see, but Strong would probably lose a lot of face if he quit Louisville now.
There will probably be a lot of calls for Jon Gruden. Expect Tommy Tuberville to get a few votes too. There's already talk of Bob Stoops as Florida coach (please kill me now).
What would be really funny? Charlie Weis. Think about it. Irony on irony there. Though I wouldn't hold my breath there if I were you.
Who do I think might get a serious look? Utah's Kyle Whittingham (left). He was Meyer's defensive coordinator at Utah, and succeeded Meyer as head coach. His record is 47-17, with five bowl victories. One of those bowl victories was against Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. And Bernie Machen, President of the University of Florida, was the former President of the University of Florida. Don't be surprised to find Whittingham at the top of the list.
Expect the chatter over the battle for Urban Meyer's cowl to be more hot and heated than the actual search. There's going to be a lot of silly talk will very little substance. But keep in mind that if Florida is looking for a Meyer-like coach, Kyle Whittingham fits the bill perfectly.


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