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Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin has a big decision to make in the Gators' search for their next football coach.

How the right coaching hire can benefit Florida football

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One right hire can make the difference

Florida’s search for its next football coach is still ongoing and likely will continue through the next month and the end of the regular season. However, if athletic director Scott Stricklin can make the right hire, it could be just enough to turn the program around. It’s happened before at Florida as well as other schools. Our Ryan Young explains:

“Steve Spurrier took over in 1990 after Galen Hall averaged just 6.5 wins over the previous four seasons. Spurrier led the Gators to a 9-2 finish in his debut and won at least that many games or (usually) more in every subsequent season of his legendary 12-year tenure, forever changing the stature of Florida football.

“Spurrier was one of a kind, sure, but the Gators struck gold again when Urban Meyer took the reins after Ron Zook fell short of those elevated expectations while failing to win more than 8 games in any of his three seasons.

“Meyer, as Gators fans vividly remember, averaged more than 11 wins per season over the next five years with two national championships.”

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The latest on coaching search

The first recruiting domino falls

Top-100 wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase on Wednesday announced that he de-committed from Florida. Chase was the nation’s No. 6 WR by 247Sports.

Recruiting roundup

Sound Off

In our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off, we discuss the crossroads the Florida football program is in, a moment that is magnified even more this week as the Gators prepare to face former coach Will Muschamp on Saturday.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Wide receiver Kadarius Toney:

Athletic director Scott Stricklin:

Wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland

Quarterback Luke Del Rio

Men’s basketball guard Egor Koulechov

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