Ha ha. Made you look.
But seriously folks, now that the shock is over and we’ve had a few days to think about it, I’m willing to set the odds on who will succeed Urban Meyer.
This isn’t based on any inside information, but I do know the way Jeremy Foley thinks.\
Bobby Stoops, Oklahoma, 3-1: The Big 12 is falling apart and Stoops has been at Oklahoma 12 years, the same number of years Steve Spurrier was at Florida when he left. I know he has said no before, but Stoopsie might be ready for a move. Remember, he’s not following Urban Meyer, legendary coach, he’s following Urban Meyer Lite. He’s following 7-5.
Chris Peterson, Boise State, 4-1: The job he has done at Boise State has been nothing short of amazing, but he has shown little interest in leaving there. Still, with the wonderful health care available at Shands he may be willing to move his special-needs son to Gainesville.
Bobby Petrino, Arkansas, 5-1: Certainly, his bedside manner will work against him. Petrino can be a real jerk. But he has Arkansas in a BCS bowl game. If he gets the job, Renee Gork better wear her Gator hat to the presser.
Gary Patterson, TCU, 6-1: He has the ability to take average players coming out of high school and make them excellent players in college.
DOWN THE LIST
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: If Mullen becomes UF’s new coach it means a lot of people said no. When Mullen left, a coach told me he wasn’t a very good recruiter and didn’t send him out on the road a lot. I just think Florida can do better.
Charlie Strong, Louisville: One year — 6-6. Not ready.
NOT GONNA HAPPEN
Kerwin Bell, Jacksonville: I include him only because there have been people e-mailing me about the Throwin’ Mayoan. I love Kerwin, but hiring him would be a gamble. And Florida shouldn’t have to gamble on this hire.
Mike Leach (out of a job, living in Key West): Enough already with the Mike Leach stuff. He would not be a fit at UF.
Now, is there a possibility the hire could be someone out of left field? Absolutely.
LET’S GET CRAZY
Ron Zook, Illinois: Knows Florida. Great recruiter. Stop screaming at me, people.
Jimbo Fisher, FSU: Nine wins in first season and has strong recruiting class going.
Tim Brewster: He’s cheap and available.
Randy Shannon (recently at Miami): See Tim Brewster.
Whoever it is, it will be interesting.