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
- Our coaching candidate series continued Wednesday with a look at Chip Kelly.
- A look at how recent Florida candidates have fared on offense this season.
- Rounding up thoughts on Scott Frost as the coaching search continues.
- Florida needs to get away from the “Bama Blueprint” with its next hire.
- Florida players say they’re focused on the present despite the ongoing murmurs about the 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.
- Recruits, on the other hand, are concerned about the next coach, not the Gators’ record.
- Offensive lineman commit Curtis Dunlap is still considering three schools.
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:
Not The Same
— C2N® (@0fficialC2N) November 9, 2017
Athletic director Scott Stricklin:
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) November 9, 2017
Wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland
— Cleve (@Tyrie_1) November 9, 2017
Quarterback Luke Del Rio
Battlefield > Call of Duty (the last 3 games) don’t @ me
— Luke Del Rio (@Ldelrio12) November 8, 2017
Men’s basketball guard Egor Koulechov
Watched Anchorman last night, didn’t love it. Is there something wrong with me?
— Egor Koulechov (@RussianGusta) November 8, 2017
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