Charlie Weis to Florida. How’s that gonna work?

While we are waiting on Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh to exercise one of his many options and to see who is going to show for Ohio State tonight against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl, it seems like a good time to catch up on the Coaching Carousel:

1. Charlie Weis to Florida. How is that gonna work? Weis knows offense and he knows how to make average quarterbacks good and good quarterbacks great. He’s got the rings to prove it. But I have two questions about Will Muschamp’s decision to bring the former Notre Dame head coach to Gainesville as offensive coordinator:

Can Weis work for a 39-year-old head coach whose personality is every bit as strong as his? Weis will be in charge of the offense but the head coach still makes the decision what to do on third down in a tight ball game. Weis has great confidence in his ability and I happen to think that’s a good thing. But Will Muschamp is the boss. Of course they discussed this. But discussing it in theory and doing it in the heat of battle are two different things.

Can Weis teach his system in 20 hours a week? He did it with Brady Quinn (good results) and Jimmy Clausen (mixed results) at Notre Dame. Can he do it with John Brantley or with any of the quarterbacks at Florida? The learning curve is steep and the time to teach is limited.

2. Maryland hired Randy Edsall. Huh? Don’t get me wrong. I really like Randy Edsall, the former Georgia Tech assistant coach who took Connecticut to the Fiesta Bowl. But the stated reason for firing Ralph Friedgen, the ACC Coach of the Year, was that attendance was down and that something needed to be done to get fannies back in the seats at Byrd Stadium. When Friedgen was forced out it was widely assumed that AD Kevin Anderson was going to tap Mike Leach, the former Texas Tech coach, to bring his wide open offense to College Park. That move made sense if the goal was to totally remake the image of the program. In Edsall Maryland has a very good coach but he’s a 52-year-old version of Friedgen, who was booted at age 63. The move makes no sense, unless…..

3. Mike Leach is untouchable as a head coach right now: The only thing that makes sense is that Maryland decided it could not touch Leach as a head coach right now. Leach had the infamous dust up with ESPN analyst Craig James over the treatment of his son, a player at Texas Tech. Leach still has lawsuits pending against Texas Tech and ESPN over his dismissal as head coach. Maryland is an Under Armour school and that company’s CEO, Kevin Plank, is a graduate and sits on the school’s Board of Directors. He is a Mike Leach guy. But I guess you can’t hire a coach who is suing his former school AND the biggest rights holder in all of college football. That’s just not good business.

4.  Michigan can’t keep Rich Rod, can they? They might if Jim Harbaugh is not available. Michigan athletics director Dave Brandon said he would not evaluate head football coach Rich Rodriguez until after the Gator Bowl game with Mississippi State on New Year’s Day.

That score, in case you missed it: Mississippi State 52, Michigan 14.

I’ve had a number of people tell me that this decision will be based on Jim Harbaugh’s availability. If he’s available and wants the job, it will be his. But Harbaugh will have several NFL options (49ers, Broncos, Panthers) and he could always come back to Stanford which is a pretty decent place to work. If Andrew Luck was coming back for his senior season, it might be tempting. But Harbaugh knows that he’ll never have more leverage in his career than he has right now. I will say this: Harbaugh going head to head with Jim Tressel of Ohio State on an annual basis would be fun to watch.

5. Just one man’s opinion. But if I was Dabo Swinney I would hire Ralph Friedgen as offensive coordinator. This idea came from my partner, Wes Durham. Swinney is catching some heat after a 6-7 season and let his offensive coordinator, Billy Napier, go. He needs a star to run that side of the ball so that he can be the head coach. He needs a veteran like Friedgen, who is one of the most brilliant offensive minds of our generation. I don’t know if Ralph would want to be a coordinator again after a decade as a head coach. But the gig would put him closer to his summer home at Lake Oconee in Greene County. Friedgen would essentially play the same role at Clemson that Weis will play at Florida. You can give him that side of the ball and never worry about it. And Friedgen could do some very good things with Tahj Boyd.

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281 comments Add your comment

SecGuy

January 4th, 2011
10:14 am

Muschamp is still a risky choice for Florida. That intense side-line cheer-leading may not play at the head coaching position. Mullen could have slid right in. It would be priceless if this thing backfires on Foley because of his contrarian ego.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:15 am

BAMA dude I agree with your post completely. Evidently there was some friction with the HC in KC who was a former OC himself and Charlie saw an opportunity to go where is son is going to attend school.

PHIL

January 4th, 2011
10:17 am

Here is my opinion on Weiss. He will be the undoing of the UF domination in the next 4 to 5 years. The reason he couldn’t do anything at Notre Dame was that he couldn’t recruit. The players and especially the players families hated him. He can’t get along with anyone. After getting a few good players in the beginning the word got out and he couldn’t recruit enough top players. With a national recruiting base that word takes longer to get out. In the close knit recruiting of the SEC word is out in a hurry. We already have these soft recruits who aren’t going to go play defense for Todd Grantham because he is too much of a hard ask (sp). (Gabe Wright for instance). Not many really good offensive players will be headed to UF in 4 years.

The rest of us

January 4th, 2011
10:17 am

Is Spokesman of the SEC East your new moniker (notice the spelling), Beast from the East?

longtimesecfan

January 4th, 2011
10:17 am

I was concerned (but not worried) about the situation in G’ville
(I have great faith in UF A.D.) until i saw the comments above
by the UGA “experts” above (jack, threepeat,ga coaching staff,
stinger, etc. and I was thus reassured all is well there. these
must be the guys advising the UGA AD (who will probably be fine if
left alone by those and similar “experts”. So be it.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:18 am

SecGuy, you could be right, but smarter people than us think that it was a great hire. Foley’s only mistake was the Zooker who even Spurrier advised him against. If Muschamp was good enough to be the CIW for Texas, I would think that he is ready. He certainly is hiring a good staff though.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:18 am

Festivus for The rest of us; not hardly. It is my counter ego though.

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
10:25 am

Re: Muschamp, I still say he was a bit of a reach. Not because he isn’t ready but because of the stature of Florida’s program. There were two coaches in the Rose Bowl that could have gotten a look, Bob Stoops may have had interest, Gruden, Kyle Whittingham, Pat Fitzgerald…

There is a list of young guys who have been successful as a head man already. A place like Florida with the high expectations is a tough place to learn to be that guy.

NoGaGator

January 4th, 2011
10:27 am

Foley was aggressive in hiring Musschamp, taking a risk on lack of head coaching experience when he could have made a safer pick with a current HC.

Musschamp has been aggressive in hiring his staff. Weis is a great offensive mind and Musschamp, being a defensive guy, wanted someone he could trust to run the offense since he’s not an offensive guy. (Look at Chizick and Malzahn at AU with Chizick giving Malzahn total control of O.)

Musshamp also brought in Dan Quinn (current Seahawks DL coach) to be the DC. They worked together with the Dolphins. Musshamp also brought in UM’s recruiting coord – Aubrey Hill, a former Gator, along with T. Robinson from TTU as 2ndary coach (also a great recruitor who worked for WM at AU).

Along with retaining a few current UF coached for continuity, WM has made some excellent choices with his first moves. After a long and “un-UF-like” year, this is going to be fun to watch.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:27 am

BAMA dude do you think he will have a better record than Saban’s first year at Bama?

df

January 4th, 2011
10:28 am

Bobo(zo) is there by one reason and one reason only POLITICS

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January 4th, 2011
10:29 am

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Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:30 am

Richts problem is he is too nice. It almost killed him to let Willie go and Grantham didn’t do any better. Then he does not fire Van Halenger, he just reassigns him. If I was paying big bucks into the Hartman fund I would be pissed.

jogt

January 4th, 2011
10:32 am

uga is being run by amateur party boys instead of real men and that is from the top down. why do you never hear “ga man” like you do a “michigan man” or “Tech man”. because it does not mean anything when you say ga man and it implies stability and real men decision when you say michigan or tech man. there are exceptions but sorry but success does not run threw athens

UGA Insider

January 4th, 2011
10:35 am

Muschamp just made his first major mistake in hiring Weiss. It is well known that everyone at ND hated this guy and he was a major head case. ND wanted him fired after year one but couldn’t do it financially. The guy is just that strange it is said. I look for UF to lose to Bama, LSU then Auburn early next fall……. then Muschamp will truly understand what pressure is.

Mike

January 4th, 2011
10:35 am

You call Clausen throwing for 28 TDs and only 4 INTs his final season at Notre Dame mixed results? The only reason ND went 6-6 in 2009 was because he couldn’t find a defense, that wasn’t JC’s fault.

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
10:35 am

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:27 am
BAMA dude do you think he will have a better record than Saban’s first year at Bama?

Yes, but I think he has infinitely more talent too. There’s a reason that so many true freshmen started on that 2008 Bama team.

YANKEEGATOR

January 4th, 2011
10:36 am

Uf will be fine as long as Charlie runs the ball and doesn’t become pass happy. SEC football u must run the ball see Arkansas they finally got it.
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cry me a river

January 4th, 2011
10:36 am

Why will no school hire UGA assistants or head coach?

The rest of us

January 4th, 2011
10:36 am

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:30 am

Richts problem is he is too nice. It almost killed him to let Willie go and Grantham didn’t do any better. Then he does not fire Van Halenger, he just reassigns him. If I was paying big bucks into the Hartman fund I would be pissed.

Couple things. Bobby Bowden was a nice guy who absolutely owned the Gators and even Gator fan has to admit it’s a transition with a new DC (see Teryl Austin)

Saban To Dallas?

January 4th, 2011
10:39 am

Hearing that if Jerry Jones decides not to keep Jason Garrett, he may want to lure Saban away from Alabama. If you look at his record he never stays longer than 5 years. He was at MSU for 5 seasons, LSU for 5, MIA for 2, and now Bama for 4 going on five. About time for him to move on, and the money will be huge, bigger than what he gets now. Interesting……

@PHIL

January 4th, 2011
10:40 am

Hey PHIL, I know if I was a TOP O player in HS I would never want to go to a School like UF who has a new OC with Superbowl rings! Even if he could show me the way to reach the NFL!! Cause I hear he is just a mean guy that nobody likes. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cry me a river

January 4th, 2011
10:40 am

Saben has a house at Lake Burton and that’s close to Athens.
Best thing for UGA is for us all to pitch in and buy Adams a lakehouse in lets say Iran maybe….

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:40 am

BAMA dude, just wanted to see if you were rational and not like these delusional dog fans. He has a tough schedule next year to start with. I think he will go 2-1 during his tough stretch and lose to Bama. But LSU is losing their best players and Auburn…. well without Cam, Malzahn has yet to prove anything. Bama will be loaded again and we will recover but still 2 years away to being dominant again. Playing 18 true freshman this year and losing Addazio as the OC will be a big improvement.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:42 am

Phil, Weiss will be in charge of recruiting one position and that is it. I will take his 3 Superbowl rings over Bobo anyday.

Fear The Tiger Bama Dude!

January 4th, 2011
10:42 am

Bama Dude If Saban leaves will ya’ll tear his statue down like Saddam Hussein? LoL

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
10:43 am

Saban To Dallas?

January 4th, 2011
10:39 am
Hearing that if Jerry Jones decides not to keep Jason Garrett, he may want to lure Saban away from Alabama.

Nice try. Garrett is getting the job anyway, but Saban is looking to get that third BCS championship next season. If those young LBs and DBs play anything like they did on Saturday, look out. Everybody on the defense returns except Dareus and we have Jesse Williams and Quenton Dial coming in. Last time we had a first time starter at QB we won a MNC.

Fire Mike Bozo!

January 4th, 2011
10:45 am

Screen name is pretty much self-explanatory, isn’t it?

Paul N Destin

January 4th, 2011
10:46 am

Saban will not be leaving Bama. You folks will just have to deal with him. Good luck.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:46 am

Bama dude your QB this year will be better than McElroy. McElroy was a smart kid and a good manager, but McCarron(?) is an athlete at QB.

GT

January 4th, 2011
10:48 am

BAMA, Charlie has ego and he does not run the show in KC. He thinks he will get more PUB in Florida, like the guy at Southern Cal, Norm Chow, got being offensive cordinator. Plus he is familiar with the talent being recruited in Florida. I am thinking that program is about to take the elevator back to the penthouse and Charlie knows it. Poor Georgia, I do believe Auburn will take the average SEC position of Florida next year, and Georgia may be able to beat them, they have no defense at Auburn.

Fear The Tiger Bama Dude!

January 4th, 2011
10:50 am

Saban will be back in the NFL soon enough Bama Dude. There will be little joy in mullet-ville…..

Saban Looks Like Willie B

January 4th, 2011
10:52 am

What if Jerry Jones offers him 6 or 7 mil a season? You don’t think he would jump at that money and the chance to get out from under the crazies in Tuscaloosa?

Jerry Jones

January 4th, 2011
10:54 am

Saban Looks Like Willie B

January 4th, 2011
10:52 am
What if Jerry Jones offers him 6 or 7 mil a season? You don’t think he would jump at that money and the chance to get out from under the crazies in Tuscaloosa?

At least you would only have to deal with one crazy if you worked for me.

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
10:54 am

Spokesman, McCarron may not win the job. Philip Sims was higher rated and may be the guy.

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
10:56 am

Saban made $6.2 million in 2009.

Saban Looks Like Willie B

January 4th, 2011
10:59 am

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
10:59 am

Bama, saw the Sims kid play for many times at Gainesville High and could not believe he was only 3 star. He is a spread QB however and not a very good passer. If Saban changes to the spread he will be awesome.

Bobby Bowden

January 4th, 2011
11:00 am

I only wish that I’d “owned” those dadgum Gators while at FSU. The fact is that I had a losing record against them during my career in Tallahassee.

Dontavius Supremo

January 4th, 2011
11:02 am

This is all too complicated……

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
11:02 am

Spokesman, you may have the wrong guy. Philip Sims played his ball in VA and was rated five stars by Scout. He’s a pro-style guy that threw for over 10,000 yards in HS.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
11:03 am

Saban Looks Like Willie B

Richt would have the Team Chaplain pray with the young man.

4th and Long Gone

January 4th, 2011
11:03 am

I agree completely with your suggestion that Clemson hire Coach Friedgen. As a Tech fan, don’t want to see it, but if I was a Clemson fan, I would be pushing hard. And as a Tech fan, I wish nothing but the best for Coach Friedgen.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
11:04 am

BAMA dude, I stand corrected, I thought you meant Blake Sims of Gville Ga.

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
11:06 am

I forgot all about Blake Sims. He redshirted this year and it seems that they can’t decide where to play him. One thing’s for sure though, it won’t be QB.

Don

January 4th, 2011
11:07 am

Mike Leach will use every turn down in his suit against the University. This will be a big help in winning the suit. No dummy here to interview and then be turned down.

SmittyATL

January 4th, 2011
11:09 am

I’ll believe that Randy Edsall is a younger version of Ralph Friedgen once he has lost to Florida International and twice to Middle Tennessee State. Ralph had one good year on the heels of a disastrous 2-10 season, then demanded a contract extension and drove off his top recruiter/offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting. Maryland’s AD was smart to not extend his contract. Leach might have been exciting, but Edsall is a winner and will be a good fit. The fans will return to Byrd if the winning is sustained.

No Pro

January 4th, 2011
11:21 am

Saban was a bust at miami—jerry jones will hire a big time NFL type coach. College coaches don’t work out at the next level.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
11:22 am

BAMA dude, Sims is a phenominal game changing Athlete and Saban will find a way to get the ball in his hands.

JJ in Savannah

January 4th, 2011
11:27 am

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