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

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
11:28 am

Yeah, Blake will probably get a look at WR. Obviously Julio is expected to leave. Maze and Hanks will be back but both will be incoming seniors.

BirdDog

January 4th, 2011
11:33 am

I said over a week ago that UGA should try to hire Friedgen as OC and move Bobo back to QB coach but CMR is loyal to a fault…

Mettenbergers Ghost

January 4th, 2011
11:34 am

Agree w/TopDawg. Bring the FRIDGE to GA as OC. Bobo as QB coach or let him go. Harbough is a great HC and knows the offense. Wonder if he’d come to UGA and the SEC, but then UGA is always a day late and a dollar short except when it comes to CMR’s salary.

CMR will not be able to turn things around in one (more) season. By then all the good replacements, even Kirby Smart will be snatched up by other teams. While other schools make changes now w/their coaching staffs, GA waits until the ship is too far gone to make change for the best.

Time Will Tell

January 4th, 2011
11:34 am

As a Florida fan it’s actually sad to see the path UGA is headed down. It’s always much more exciting when traditional rivalries are actually competitive. Florida’s future may be one of uncertainty but I can tell you from my perspective it will be exciting to see how it plays out. From someone who watched every play this year neither the offensive playcalling or execution could possibly get any worse. UGA has nothing to be excited about except a good quarterback prospect mired in mediocrity. Richt is no different than Meyer was in his loyalties and not even Meyer got a pass this year and he’s won two rings. What has Richt done to deserve that?

Yella Hammer

January 4th, 2011
11:39 am

Nick Saban was in the right place at the right time to become a part of University of Alabama football history. I would be surprised if he doesn’t retire in Tuscaloosa. When he does, or if he leaves before he retires, the Crimson Tide football program will be fine. Alabama’s football history is much larger than Nick Saban… And that’s pretty darn big.

Florida will be interesting to watch next year. This might be a good long-term move, but I expect a few hiccups in year one.

I disagree with someone’s earlier assessment of LSU. Combine the Luck of the Hat with a serviceable QB and they could make some noise next year.

Bama Stan

January 4th, 2011
11:46 am

Weis is a great hire for Florida. Make all the jokes you want, but the guy has 4 Super Bowl rings. With just a few exceptions here and there, the SEC title game will regularly be Bama and Florida.

Tell the truth

January 4th, 2011
11:47 am

Since your article yesterday was so heavy on placating the Georgia fans, why did you not suggest hiring Friedgen to replace Bobo at Georgia. If you listen to these blogs and Georgia fans, most are not so happy with the play calling. I would really be interested in hearing your answer. But I doubt that you will ever touch that one. Homer.

Bama Stan

January 4th, 2011
11:48 am

If you guys want to turn it around your AD should get a blank check and go visit Gary Patterson.

Yella Hammer

January 4th, 2011
11:48 am

RE: Mark Richt

I see much speculation and zero reporting on this story. I understand maintaining a low profile when putting out feelers, but does anyone in Athens even have a clue as to whether a list of Head Coaches or assistants has even been drawn up?

hotdawg

January 4th, 2011
11:49 am

UGA will be a force when 2011 comes around, provided they can get ready for a top ten team in the season opener. Both the offense and defense will be better; the defense may be great! Regarding possible punishment for Marcus Dowtin’s apparent transgression several months ago, I suggest that Richt handle it the same way Derrick Dooley handled the Da Rick Rogers’ apparent assault that left a policeman knocked out after a bar room brawl involving several Vols: if the assaulted chooses not to press charges, what is the basis for punishment?

Yella Hammer

January 4th, 2011
11:51 am

@hotdawg

I predict that the Dawgs will have apparent success next year. :-)

Yella Hammer

January 4th, 2011
11:53 am

Boise State was probably the most Senior heavy squad in FBS football this year. It won’t be the same team coming into the Dome next Fall.

begloabal

January 4th, 2011
11:54 am

Where is the uproar of a school (Michigan) sending out feelers for a coach (Harbaugh) when it already has a coach (Rich Rod)? When Auburn did this with Petrino in 2003 before it fired Tuberville, AU was raked across the coals and was reminded of it ad nauseum for 3 years after. I guess the uproar is the same place as that of Florida for not interviewing a minority candidate before it hired Coach Boom. Nevermind that Charlie Strong had ties to UF, SEC and recruiting base and more heading coaching experience than Muschamp. When Auburn actually interviewed a minority candidate with no ties to the program, the SEC or the recruiting base, it was, again, raked across the coals nationally and labeled “racist”. Not Florida.

dawgfacedboy

January 4th, 2011
11:57 am

Let me ask all of you Bobo defenders out there a question: If he is such a great coach how come I have never heard his name mentioned with ANY job opening that comes up. Coordinators are lured away every year, given raises in order to change ships, talked about as the next head coach at Temple or wherever. I’ve never heard Mike Bobo as a candidate for any job other than the one he has.

He’s loyal to his alma mater??? Please, he has 5 kids, money talks people. If someone was really impressed with him they would pay him double what he’s making if not more.

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
11:59 am

yella hammer, you are correct. I read that they lose more off their two deep than any other tanked team.

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
11:59 am

*ranked

derp.

Grim Reaper

January 4th, 2011
11:59 am

God awful Gawga fans commenting on Weiss, new Florida assistants, saying the Gators will go 7-5 again, you guys are too funny! Your rallying cry won’t be “beat UF”, it will be “beat UCF”! Richt is still your coach BooBoo your OC, and choke Grantham, do you clowns ever stop and think before you post? hahahahaha 18-3 last 21, or is it 19-3 with the UCF win? You better hire Lancealot from UCF to teach you how to joust on this board, what say ye? Hahahahahahaha

Paul in RDU

January 4th, 2011
12:01 pm

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 4th, 2011
9:41 am
Ron Franklin, certainly it is possible pervert, but Brady was minimal at best when he was the QB of Michigan.
____________________________________________________________________________

In his SR year at Michigan Brady was 214 for 341 passing (62.8%) for 2586 yards with 20 TD and 6 INTs. His QB rating was 142.3.
If this is “minimal at best”, I don’t know what you have to do to be deemed “good” – maybe 350 of 400 for 4000 yards with 35 TDs and 2 INTs?

Ace

January 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

Gators own the puppies, more losses for UGA in the future. What a sorry excuse UGA is for a top level program, they spend the money, the fans pay out the butt and they have a losing record to show for it all. What a bunch of chumps.

boo boo

January 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

If I were Mark Richt,
I would hire Ralph Friedgen or Mike Leach as offensive coordinator.

Grim Reaper

January 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

YellaHammer said:
@hotdawg

“I predict that the Dawgs will have apparent success next year”

Grim reaper “suggests” more like transparent, see through, or parents hoping their son isn’t one of this offseasons 11 arrests…

the real Old Gold

January 4th, 2011
12:07 pm

UGA already has an offensive mind in its head coach. Why in the world he hasn’t been calling his own plays is beyond me.. he too has rings to back his offense up. Its too late now, but I’ve been saying it for years.

gloabal isn't a word

January 4th, 2011
12:07 pm

Auburn actually has a rather sordid history of racism. Maybe that’s the difference?

bamafan

January 4th, 2011
12:10 pm

The press guide shows Darius Hanks as a senior at Bama. Don’t think he will be back.

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
12:13 pm

Interesting little coaching carousel nugget. Bo Davis, Alabama’s DL coach, appears to be headed to Texas in the same role. Speculation has been rampant that he was forced out. Today we learn that Bama has contacted Clemson’s Chris Rumph. Rumph has produced some solid defensive linemen, but more importantly has shown to be a great recruiter. He also happens to be Clemson’s lead recruiter on the nation’s top prospect, Jadeveon Clowney, who has narrowed his choices down to USCe and Bama. Very interesting.

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
12:16 pm

Grim Reaper

January 4th, 2011
12:17 pm

Speaking of choking, Mark Richt will be pulling the Heimlich on Granthan before halftime of the Florida game in Jax next year. Game over at half, exit 95 north, 10 west to 75 north Gawga fans!!!!

SmittyATL

January 4th, 2011
12:25 pm

begloabal: Michigan isn’t doing what Auburn did. Michigan may have privately expressed interest in Harbaugh (”send out feelers”), but they didn’t fly him in for a clandestine interview. Big difference.

RiffRaff

January 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

Can we start scheduling Michigan instead of Florida? I like the odds better…..

joe

January 4th, 2011
12:31 pm

I am waiting for the fist fight to break out on the Florida sidelines among the coaches. EGO meet EGO. Should be interesting. The old joke about what is the difference between God and Weis. God does not think he is Weis.

SecGuy

January 4th, 2011
12:33 pm

Hanks got another year back.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 4th, 2011
12:36 pm

Weis ND Bio:

The architect in ‘05 and ‘06 of the two most prolific passing seasons in Notre Dame football history, Weis effectively transformed the Irish offense into one of the most productive in the country, as Notre Dame scored more points in `05 (440) than in any previous season in school history – and also qualified as the most improved offensive attack in the nation, jumping its total offense production (477.33 yards per game) a national-best 131.8 yards per game better than in ‘04. The Irish followed that up with another strong passing attack in ‘06, with Notre Dame’s average of 264.1 passing yards per contest ranking 13th nationally and second all-time in the Notre Dame record book (behind only the 330.3 mark from ‘05). The Irish protected the football nearly as well as any team in the country in ‘06, with their 14 overall turnovers in 13 games ranking tied for fourth of the 119 NCAA I-A teams.

On a combined basis in 2005 and ‘06 under Weis, Notre Dame led the nation in interception avoidance with only 1.6 percent of Irish passes picked off over those two years. The Irish, thanks in large part to the play of quarterback Brady Quinn, finished third in TD passes with 69 and sixth in passing yards per game (295.8) and passing rating (151.7). In ‘05 and ‘06 combined, compared to the previous two seasons, the Irish improved their points per game by 11.5, and their total yards per game by 90.9.

Offensive productivity, coupled with an opportunistic, physical defense that forced eight red-zone turnovers, and vastly-improved special teams, equated to a 9-3 mark in ‘05 that was good for a number-six ranking in the BCS final regular-season standings and a guaranteed at-large BCS berth in the `06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl opposite Big Ten co-champion Ohio State. Notre Dame’s only losses in ‘05 came by three points in overtime to then-unbeaten Michigan State, by three points to top-ranked and unbeaten USC on a last-second Trojan touchdown, then to fourth-rated Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Irish again picked up an at-large BCS position in ‘06 after their final 11th-place standing in the BCS poll. Notre Dame’s 10 wins included two of the most dramatic comeback victories in Irish history – a 40-37 win at Michigan State after trailing by 16 points with nine minutes remaining and a 20-17 win over UCLA thanks to a three-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in the winning points with 27 seconds left. Notre Dame’s only defeats in ‘06 came at the hands of fifth-rated USC (the Trojans finished 11-2 after winning the Rose Bowl), third-ranked Michigan (winner of 11 straight games to open the ‘06 campaign) and fourth-rated LSU (the Tigers finished 11-2).

Notre Dame finished ninth in the final Associated Press poll for ‘05 (its first AP top 10 finish since the Irish were runnersup following the ‘93 season), 11th according to USA Today. The Irish ended the ‘06 season rated 17th by AP and 19th by USA Today.

Football Writers Honor Irish Coach

His team’s `05 success helped make Weis winner of the 2005 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, as national college coach of the year as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. He also was one of three finalists for the `05 Munger Award, one of five finalists for the ‘05 Schutt Division I-A Sports Coach of the Year (presented by American Football Monthly) and finished third in the balloting for the AP college football coach-of-the-year award.

Weis saw his Irish offense flourish right out of the gate in ‘05 — as Notre Dame set a school record by scoring at least 30 points in all but two outings and tied another record by scoring 40 points on six occasions. He helped put a handful of Irish players in contention for major national awards, as Quinn was a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, one of three finalists for the Davey O’Brien Award presented to the top quarterback in the country – and finished fourth in the ‘05 Heisman Trophy voting. In addition, consensus first-team All-America wide receiver Jeff Samardzija was one of three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver nationally, as was tight end Anthony Fasaso for the John Mackey Award as the top tight end in the country.

reality

January 4th, 2011
12:36 pm

The answer to your question Tony is, “It will work VERY well.” FL will dominate the very weak EAST once again.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
12:47 pm

Who really gives a fat ratz azz about Weis?

Barnhart is a Gomer

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
12:50 pm

Nice insight ARDawg.

That Guy

January 4th, 2011
12:55 pm

Bozo is a great “offensive” mind for UGA. Please don’t mess with that side of the ball.

DICK

January 4th, 2011
12:57 pm

SANTA CLAUSE HAS COME AND GONE AND WE STILL HAVE BOBO. DIDN’T ANY KIDS ASK FOR A CLOWN FOR CHRISTMAS?

BAMA dude

January 4th, 2011
12:59 pm

I asked for a Clowney for Christmas.

schmeckdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:01 pm

The DAWGS need to go out and get Friedgen!

schmeckdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:05 pm

Does it seem like every other team out there are making moves to get better and the DAWGS are doing nothing or is it just me?

PapaDawg

January 4th, 2011
1:06 pm

I thought Weiss got out of College ball because he couldn’t relate with young players

lawzoo

January 4th, 2011
1:07 pm

Yeah, everyone is waiting to see what offensive mind Clemson will hire……wait..breaking wind …err News!…..they just hired Tulsa’s OC. First year out of the high school ranks . Says all you need to know about those 6-7 Tigers.

PapaDawg

January 4th, 2011
1:20 pm

Why is it when Florida makes any kind of move it’s wonderful and their going to beat the World. They have a 1st time head coach and Weis who didn’t make it in college ball so what’s so great about these hires

gdawginkalamazoo

January 4th, 2011
1:33 pm

My question would be : What does Charlie Wei$$ have against Florida? From the rumors that came out of South Bend during Wei$$’s reign there his ego can’t get any bigger. It will be very interesting to watch. He will make an initial splash but then it will be bad. Just my opinion.

Mike Leach is the Elliot Ness of the college coaching world. If you want you team to be on ESPN or ABC don’t hire him for any position except waterboy.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 4th, 2011
1:37 pm

Charlie Wei$$ was so good at Notre Dame they fired him……

ADL

January 4th, 2011
1:40 pm

Florida may be 7-5 next year, but one of those 7 will be over Georgia.

Whiskeydawg

January 4th, 2011
1:42 pm

Weis will do himself in.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 4th, 2011
1:44 pm

ADL, there you go jinxing us again. Dang it!

ADL

January 4th, 2011
1:44 pm

Enter your comments here

Mike Bobo

January 4th, 2011
1:47 pm

What is an OC? What does “OC” mean? I keep seeing this term. It must be bad because I got terrible stuff wrtten on signs stuck in my yard and they all make reference to this “OC” thing. I don’t get it.