GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It seemed only a matter of time before Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins landed a head coaching job.
That time is reportedly now as Collins is set to become the head coach hat Temple, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Florida DC Geoff Collins will be named Temple’s coach, sources told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 13, 2016
Last week, Gators coach Jim McElwain talked about what kind of head coach Collins would make wherever and whenever the opportunity came.
“The guy’s a heck of a coach,” McElwain said. “They’re going to get a guy that motivates players, a guy that really understands the game and understands both sides of the ball — not just the defensive side. He’s done a great job of studying the offensive side and the things that it takes there. A relentless, competitive recruiter, and a guy that’s now been around at some places to see how he can establish his own kind of way of doing things.”
Collins spent two seasons at Florida, during which the Gators’ defense ranked 8th nationally in total defense (310.2 yards per game allowed) and 11th in scoring defense (18.3 points per game) last season and 6th in total defense (298.6 YPG) and tied for 10th in scoring defense (17.9 PPG) this season.
He was previously a defensive coordinator at Mississippi State (2011-14), Florida International (2010), Western Carolina (2002-05) and Albright College (1997-98) with other stops in between.
It’s good timing for Collins to depart as Florida figures to lose most of its key defensive starters.
He’ll take over a Temple program that is already strong on the defensive side, ranking 3rd in total defense (275.9 YPG) and 8th in scoring defense (17.2 PPG) this fall.
When McElwain was asked about Collins last week, he noted there are a few head coaching candidates on his staff and he supports those guys pursuing their opportunities.
“That’s a good thing. I’m one of those guys that promotes them. Somebody gave me an opportunity to have it, and I’ll do anything I can to help them,” he said.