Who could be the next UF coach?


Published: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 4:40 p.m.
Who could be next to take over the University of Florida football team after Urban Meyer's resignation? Here is a list of possible candidates.

DAN MULLEN
Age: 38
Current job: Mississippi State head coach
Credentials: After having great success as Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator, he's done a remarkable (and quick) job of turning MSU into a winning program.
UF ties: Former offensive coordinator.
Why he wouldn't take the job: Might want to establish himself further at MSU rather than follow in the footsteps of his mentor.

JON GRUDEN
Age: 47
Current job: NFL announcer/analyst for ESPN
Credentials: Won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A very innovative offensive coach.
UF ties: He lives in Florida, and he has a pretty close relationship with Meyer.
Why he wouldn't take the job: He already turned down Miami, and seems to really like what he's doing with ESPN (and the money is good, without all the stress).

BOB STOOPS
Age: 50
Current job: Oklahoma head coach
Credentials: Considered one of the elite coaches in all of football. He's won one national title with the Sooners.
UF ties: He was Steve Spurrier's defensive coordinator at UF for three seasons (1996-98) and helped lead the Gators to their first national title.
Why he wouldn't take the job: He's turned down UF's advances in the past, including when the coaching search ended with the hiring of Meyer.

JIM HARBAUGH
Age: 46
Current job: Stanford head coach
Credentials: He's taken a struggling Stanford program and turned it into a BCS bowl team.
UF ties: None
Why he wouldn't take the job: This former Wolverine quarterback may be waiting to see if the Michigan job comes open.

BOBBY PETRINO
Age: 51
Current job: Arkansas head coach.
Credentials: Other than the NFL, he's had success wherever he's been (Louisville and Arkansas), and he's a prolific offensive coach who could definitely boost John Brantley's career.
UF ties: None
Why he wouldn't take the job: He's got job security, and a lot of young talent, at Arkansas.

KEVIN SUMLIN
Age: 46
Current job: University of Houston head coach.
Credentials: Considered one of the most innovative offensive coaches in college football. His star is on the rise.
UF ties: Word is Jeremy Foley is impressed with him, but other than that, he has no obvious Gator ties.
Why he wouldn't take the job: No real connection with UF.

GARY PATTERSON
Age: 50
Current job: Completed 10th season at TCU
Credentials: One of the hottest coaches in college football at the moment, a real program-builder.
UF ties: None
Why he wouldn't take the job: After turning TCU into a national contender, he might want to stay there and try to win a national championship.

KYLE WHITTINGHAM
Age: 51
Current job: Utah head coach.
Credentials: Whittingham, an assistant under Meyer at Utah, took over the Utes' program after player left for Florida and didn't miss a beat.
UF ties: He served as Meyer's defensive coordinator at Utah, so he's connected.
Why he wouldn't take the job: He's shown he can succeed following in Meyer's footsteps, but Florida is an entirely different situation than what he faced at Utah.

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