Following Urban Meyer’s resignation on Wednesday, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said a replacement will be named before the end of the year. “Two weeks, two-and-a-half weeks, I don’t see any reason it would take longer than that,” was Foley’s response when asked for a time frame on hiring a new football coach.
Foley also said he expects the process to be much more efficient this time compared to when he replaced the last great Florida coach — Steve Spurrier — with Ron Zook in 2002:
“The first time, no disrespect, but I don’t think I knew what I was doing,‘’ Foley said. "I’m not talking about the end result. I’m talking about the interest, the scrutiny, people tracking airplanes. I had no clue. We got a little better at it the next time."
As for who that replacement coach will be, there is plenty of speculation. The top choice appears to be Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, although he said on Wednesday that he is “absolutely committed” to the Bulldogs. Take that for what’s it’s worth.
Another name that has come up frequently is Charlie Strong, the current coach of Louisville and former defensive coordinator at Florida. Strong deflected questions about the Florida vacancy when asked on Wednesday.