Less than an hour after Florida coach Urban Meyer announced his retirement, College Football Talk is already looking to Florida's future. Who will succeed Meyer as the new Gators head coach?
Most certainly, Bob Stoops' name will be tossed out there. Stanford's Jim Harbaugh was connected to both the Notre Dame and Kansas vacancies, and is a mortal lock to have his name attached to this job as well.At first blush, here's the name you should probably in the front of your mind: Boise State's Chris Peterson, if for nothing more than the fact that plucking a coach from a non-BcS automatic qualifier turned out rather well for UF the last time they were in need of a head coach.
CFT also mentions a name that we at SB Nation are quite skeptical about:
One thing we would think would be a certainty, though: Charlie Strong is probably kicking himself in the ass right about now.Strong was Meyer's defensive coordinator before leaving for the Louisville head-coaching gig earlier this month. Would he consider doing an about-face and return to Gainesville just weeks after leaving?
It's an interesting idea, and certainly worth a thought, but our own Spencer Hall believes this idea to be "completely" ludicrous, and that it would be "career suicide" for Strong. As a Louisvillian, I'm well aware that everyone in this city is in love with Strong, so I certainly share his skepticism.
UPDATE: Sigh. For posterity's sake, here is Darren Rovell's latest tweet:
Pat Forde (@espn4d) tells ESPNEWS that Charlie Strong has only signed term sheet, not contract, at UL. Never understand this.