CFB News: Coaching Candidates Who Could Replace Florida Gators Will Muschamp
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The Florida Gators are quickly reaching their boiling point with head coach Will Muschamp, and it seems to be only a matter of time before he gets fired. Florida is a program that expects championships and the level of mediocrity over the last couple of years simply isn’t going to cut it. So, assuming Muschamp is fired sooner of later, here are some of the top head coaching candidates who could replace him.
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Dan Mullen - Dan Mullen is as popular as he’s ever going to be in MIssissippi State barring an improbable national championship title. Mullen is a former offensive coordinator for Florida and he’s an offensive guy who could help give the Gators a spark on that side of the ball. Mullen would likely get a raise from the Bulldogs, but the SEC East is much easier than the SEC West and recruiting for Florida is a lot easier than Mississippi State. If the Gators came calling, Mullen would at least answer the phone.
Charlie Strong - Charlie Strong got his start at Florida as a graduate assistant and held many other positions after that including defensive coordinator and interim head coach. Strong is already the head coach at a top program in the Texas Longhorns, but the fan base isn’t exactly thrilled with his first season and he’s likely already feeling the pressure off a disappointing year. Strong has deep ties to the Gators and there would be slightly less pressure the moment he accepts the job. Besides, we’ve never seen football coaches jump from job to job, have we?
Art Briles - Art Briles continues to have great success with the Baylor Bears and seems happy considering he’s coaching in his home state. However, the question is asked just about every season: Briles isn’t really going to spend his entire career with Baylor, is he? Who knows? I do know if Briles is going to leave Baylor, it would likely be for a prestigious program such as Florida where the recruiting is easier, paychecks are bigger and the competition is steeper, providing a new challenge. Art Briles has it made at Baylor and he could surprise everybody by coaching there another 20 years. However, at the very least, he’d have to consider coaching outside of Texas for the first time in his career if the Florida job opened up.
Brent Venables - It’s only a matter of time before Dabo Swinney starts to lose some of his coaching staff, and we can start with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. A younger defensive mind in Venables could work wonders with current Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. Venables has been in the rumor mill for quite some time now as becoming a head coach and has yet to bite. Florida has a lot more to offer than Kansas, Kansas State and some of the other schools who came calling. Venables would be an under-the-radar but solid hire.
Mack Brown - My wild card in this whole bunch is snagging Texas Longhorn legend Mack Brown. Brown is currently out of coaching for the first time in forever, and we’ve seen in the past just how hard it is for these coaches to stay away for good. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Mack Brown is looking to give it another shot sooner than later. Well, why not Florida? Brown went to school at Florida State, has knowledge of the SEC and can recruit with the best of them. Brown wouldn’t have to do much work with the Florida Gators as far as recruiting is cornered, as the school and his name sell itself. This may be a long shot but Florida is one of the few schools that has the funding and history to pull it off.