Weekend preview…hitting to all fields

by Gary Shelton on November 21, 2014 · 2 comments

in College Sports in Florida, Florida State University, general, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, University of Florida, University of South Florida

In Gainesville…

He would probably be a candidate to be the head coach if, say, Georgia had a job opening.

He would probably be a candidate if was LSU, or Tennessee, or Mississippi State. He’d be a great fit at Texas A&M or Arkansas or Oklahoma State.

Just not at Florida.

There, Kirby Smart need not apply.

It’s odd how the guy a school just fired can affect can the next guy in line. Consider Smart, who has become Nick Saban’s right-hand man at Alabama. Everyone loves Smart, who is bright, organized and highly regarded. A lot of places, Smart would be the smart higher.

At Florida, however, Smart is a bit too much much like Will Muschamp, the coach who was just handed his two-week notice. Like Muschamp, Smart is a defensive coordinator instead of an offensive guru. Like Muschamp, Smart has never been a head coach. Frankly, Muschamp used to be Smart.

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Chris G Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning November 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Whoever is the next coach at Florida best be one hell of a recruiter, as well as one hell of a coach.
They are up against a well financed Dynasty in the making in Alabama, and frankly I seriously doubt they have the commitment financially to make a serious run at Alabama.
Plus, they also have to fight FSU and Miami for in state players, and FSU has had much more success lately.

The University of Florida are seen as Has Been’s by today’s high school players, and it may take a Jim Harbaugh or a Bob Stoops to lure them to Gainsville.


Gary Shelton November 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Of course the next coach at Florida will have to be a great recruiter. But why would you doubt that Florida lacks any commitment financially?


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