Just a few random thoughts on the recent college coaching carousel and it how it impacts major names from our state schools. Some real puzzlers here.
Will Muschamp – The guy goes 1-3 against South Carolina as Florida’s head coach. Just last season his Gators blew a late-fourth quarter lead to lose to the Gamecocks in overtime, and it was that result that directly led to the announcement by his boss that Muschamp would not return in 2015 to coach Florida.
So who does South Carolina hire as its new coach? Will Muschamp, of course. He’ll be back in the Swamp on Nov. 12, 2016, leading the team that Steve Spurrier used to coach against the team that Steve Spurrier used to coach.
Al Golden – He sure didn’t gain much by staying loyal to Miami through a nasty NCAA investigation and sanctions that school officials didn’t warn Golden about at the time of his hiring.
In January of 2014 Golden was considered a candidate for the Penn State job, his alma mater. Now, after being let go by the Hurricanes, he can’t even get hired on at Rutgers back in his old New Jersey neighborhood. Rutgers announced Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash as its new coach Monday and that had to sting. Golden had already started following the Twitter accounts of New Jersey’s top high school prospects so you know he was interested.
Mark Richt – His Georgia career was highly successful overall but he lost that job based on an inability to beat Florida often enough. Richt went 5-10 against the Gators and didn’t put up much of a fight this season in a 27-3 loss that probably sealed his fate despite an overall record of 9-3.
So who quickly jumps in to snatch Richt up? The University of Miami, of course, otherwise known as the program that hates the Gators more than anyone logically could.
Wishing success for all of these coaches, who are also fine men. It’s just the quirkiness of this game that sometimes gets me. Always entertaining.