Dooley: UF at crossroads
Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.
Well, that was worth it.
It only cost Florida three-quarters of a million dollars to have the eighth-best offense in the SEC and provide a launching pad for a coach who found a program desperate enough to offer him a head coaching job.
Charlie Weis is going to be the head coach at Kansas. They apparently don't have cable in Lawrence.
If they did they would have seen an offense that was at times downright embarrassing at Florida. Take the Florida State game, please.
But Kansas, where the program is in a death spiral, needed a name. The Jayhawks went for a guy who gained some popularity when he was the coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs. They went for a high-profile guy, which is what Will Muschamp did when he stunned the college football world by hiring Weis to be his offensive coordinator.
And we all bought it, like we have been buying too much lately.
We were assured Weis just wanted to coach some ball plays, that there were not aspirations to return to being a head coach. When rumors started swirling that he might be one-and-done because of his health issues, he convinced us he was in it for the long haul.
“Remember the reasons why I came here,” he said. “I'll be here for a while unless you're trying to get rid of me.”
Well, not tryyy-ing.
College football fans should be numb to this by now. Coaches aren't the only people who lie on a regular basis. The difference is we tend to believe them.
The mercenaries of college football are no different than anyone else in business. Better job, see ya.
Not that the Gator Nation is grieving.
But Weis using Florida as a springboard will be greeted today with a collective, “Whatever.”
There are a lot of you out there wondering if this is good news or bad news. Florida used Weis and his connection to the NFL as a lure to land recruits. That's gone. On the other hand, Gator fans don't have to watch the dumpster fire that was Florida's offense this year.
There is certainly going to be the perception that Florida is a mess right now with 11 players transferring since Muschamp took over and then Urban Meyer poaching his strength and conditioning coach and then his offensive coordinator bailing.
I can't argue with you.
But I will give you similar advice that I gave you when Urban Meyer took the Ohio State job — let it go.
Weis clearly had designs on becoming a head coach again and he got his wish. Kansas made a hire that feels like a big deal just like it felt like a big deal when Florida hired Weis to be the offensive coordinator.
How'd that work out?
I don't think Muschamp was blindsided by this because there had been whispers that changes would be coming on the coaching staff. And there's this — I can't wait to see what Brian White throws at Ohio State. It can't be any worse than what I've been watching all season.
To be honest, the Gator Bowl just got more interesting.
In the end, everyone has to forget what has happened and be concerned with what will happen. Muschamp has two very big hires to make and a recruiting class to pull together.
This is still the University of Florida. Offensive coordinators will be cutting each other off on 13th and University to be first in line to come here.
Weis was dealt a tough hand at Florida, especially with the injuries to John Brantley. But he was unable to adjust. It got to the point where opposing teams would meet during the week and gameplan to try to get to 14 points knowing that would be enough to win.
I don't know if he would have been able to get more out of next year's offense or the 2013 team. We'll never know how this failed experiment might have worked out had Kansas not reached the point where it was taking resumes from XFL coaches.
All I know is that this program is at a crossroads.
I'm not telling Muschamp how to run his program, but there is a 46-year-old head coach who has called 13,000 plays in his career. His name is Kerwin Bell.
It would be nice to have a Gator on the Florida sideline in The Swamp.