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National Writers Grade Football Coaching Hires

Yesterday must have been national “grade the coaching hires” day at the big sports sites.  Both Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com and Stewart Mandel of SI.com handed out their grades and/or rankings for America’s newest batch of college football coaches.  Their thoughts on Will Muschamp to Florida and James Franklin to Vandy?  We thought you’d never ask:


Will Muschamp

* Mandel gave the hire a B with an asterisk.  “Muschamp fits a similar profile to former Florida defensive coordinator Bob Stoops at the time Oklahoma hired him.  He knows how to recruit and motivate.”  The asterisk — and a downgrade from B+ — came because of “Muschamp’s bizarre hiring of Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator.”

* Dodd ranks Muschamp’s hiring as the #1 hire in the nation (out of 21).  “Florida should expect to compete for the SEC title quickly and win a national championship eventually under Muschamp.”

Our take:  We see nothing wrong with the hire of Weis as offensive coordinator.  He’s a big name and he can recruit offensive players.  He’s not the head coach, he’s the coordinator… and he’s always been pretty darn good in that role.  We agree with Dodd that UF should expect to compete for titles under Muschamp.  But with Florida’s money, facilities and recruiting base, we’d have said the same thing even if Jeremy Foley had re-hired Ron Zook.


James Franklin

* Mandel gave Vandy’s hire a B grade as well.  “It’s hard to gauge much from his time at Maryland, but the school’s previous administration thought highly enough of him to name him Ralph Friedgen’s head coach in waiting.”

* Dodd ranks Franklin’s hiring #16 out of 21 coaching moves this offseason.  “Just when you thought Vanderbilt had sacked up and decided to pretend like it was serious about football, it seems to be slipping back.  I’d blame the athletic director, but Vanderbilt doesn’t have one.”

Our take:  So Mandel grades Franklin’s hire as being equal to that of Muschamp’s?  Muschamp was chased by Tennessee last offseason.  His name has always been on the “potential next guy” lists of Georgia and LSU fans.  His roots are deep in SEC soil.  On the flip side, Franklin (and his staff) have few ties to the Deep South recruiting zone.  And Maryland’s current administration let Franklin walk in order to go hire… Randy Edsall?  Who knows who’ll be better in the long run, but on the front end, Franklin’s hiring does not rival Muschamp’s.

 


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I know because of UF's recent success, it's probably the trendy thing to hate on us and root for failure, or at least mediocrity. But you guys are seriously reaching here. Muschamp's hire is based solely on perception? Oh, really? He has been one of the most respected and sought-after coordinators for several years now for a reason. He's good. And if you pay attention you'll see that this is a textbook Foley choice. Foley doesn't want someone else's great coach, he's looking for the NEXT great coach. He wants someone who can become a legend at UF, not some other school's retread.

And Texas, like UF, had one bad year after tons of players left last year. When you have such limited resources to work with player-wise, that doesn't mean anything. UF "found a way to underachieve" because Urban was barely doing anything this year. He was a figurehead biding his time until the end of the season. He let Addazio take the reins and didn't interfere, and that's what sent everything into a downward spiral. I'm glad you like Dooley so much, but he wasn't hyped because no one knew or cared who he was.

Cal
Cal

Scott,

Yep, Dodd missed the boat on those hires but he also missed it on Mike Sherman (who he had 15th), Ken Niumatalolo (at 8th), Art Briles AT 12! and Bobby Petrino at 6th. All four of those guys if you asked their current schools would probably be considered top 5 hires looking back.

sec_fan
sec_fan

In 2008 Rich Rodriguez was a good hire. That is the real problem with Muschamp. He was made coach in waiting based on perception. He was hired by Florida based on perception. Now perception becomes reality. Think about it one or two more season of bad football at Texas and Muschamp could have been on the unemployment line, head coach in waiting only works if the coach retires. He could be the next Urban Myer and he could the next Rich Rodriguez. As for Charlie Weis the only fear is he will jump for and NFL job. As For Franklin He is also an unknown. If he is as good a recruiter as they say he may create southern ties very quickly. I am not sure in the long run will be the biggest hindrance to there coach, Florida's success or Vandy's lack of.

Cal
Cal

A couple of more things, Florida doesn't need a big name offensive coordinator to recruit. The program's recent success sells itself, so does it's facilities, campus, Gator Dazzlers, etc. I think they would have been better off going away from Weis as I stated earlier, UF doesn't need him to recruit. Plus, his only real ties to the Southeast were four years he spent at South Carolina besides that he has been in the Northeast or Midwest his whole career. Also, I see a major power struggle presenting itself between the young Muschamp and the elder this is how I did at Notre Dame Weis. Just my thoughts. P.S. The thing that Muschamp has going for him is he coached under Saban (beginning to see a pattern here with Saban assistants and a developing coaching tree).

Cal
Cal

After watching Texas stumble last year with all of those 4 and 5 star players, I'm glad that Tennessee went with Derek Dooley and Muschamp (a guy built solely on hype) didn't accept the Tennessee job. Florida has a roster full of 4 and 5 star guys like Texas has but Florida until the early 90's always underachieved with the same talent that they have now. What happens in Gainesville when Muschamp's program underachieves like his Texas team did last season? It's bound to happen, the Gators found a way to underachieve this season with Gainseville God Urban Meyer (and Urban Meyer was a proven, heckuva football coach). I really don't like the Charlie Weis hire either? Without the Hoodie, Weis has proven to be a mediocre coach (who knows how involved he actually was with the Chiefs this season as we all know their was a major rift between him and Todd Haley).



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