In his two news conferences since Urban Meyer resigned, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has made it abundantly clear what he is looking for in his next head football coach.
He’s wants a guy who can win with integrity. He wants a guy whose personality and demeanor will fit in around the athletic department and in the community.
In other words, during the interview process with candidates, he’s going to be looking for that same sort of special connection that he felt when he first met Meyer in Meyer’s Utah living room a little more than six years ago.
Here are the two candidates I think it’s most likely to happen with: Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, who is a close friend of Meyer’s.
These two coaches seem to perfectly fit the Foley profile.
They’re both a lot like Meyer in that they’re strong family guys, have engaging personalities (and are friends with their athletic director), and win a lot of football games — and do it the right way.
I’m not privy to Foley’s interview schedule for the next few days (or weeks), but I have a feeling that once he has a chance to sit down with Petersen and Whittingham and get to know them, he’s going to have a strong feeling who he wants as his next football coach.
These guys really fit the profile.
One candidate who appears to be slipping down Florida’s list is former Meyer offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, who got Mississippi State bowl eligible in his second season in Starkville. He hasn’t had time to build up much of a resume. And Mullen always seemed a little bit aloof when he was at Florida, which might make him a less than perfect fit with Foley and the rest of the UF athletic family. There’s one other potential strike against Mullen: He was not exactly a strong recruiter when he was here.