- Jeff Barlis, College Football
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It's that wacky time on the college football calendar -- The Coaching Carousel.
It's fun for everyone! Coaches get fired, new coaches are hired, and then new coaches are hired to replace the ones who replaced the other ones. It's a bit like the teacups ride at Disney World. Strong stomachs are recommended.
Let's start with some familiar names ...
Of the three coaching hires in recent weeks, Brian Fremeau of Football Outsiders pegs Urban Meyer at OSU, Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M and Larry Fedora at North Carolina as ones who could see the most immediate impact. It’s not just the coach – it’s in the numbers. Brian analyzes each program's potential for a turnaround. Meyer, of course if the always-dramatic former Florida coach. Sumlin is on his way to the rough-and-tumble Southeastern Conference, and Fedora was a key offensive assistant at Florida under Ron Zook from 2002-04.
It didn't take long for Meyer to show off his considerable recruiting prowess with a big DT jumping aboard on Monday. Meyer will be trouble for his old program, as he haunts the recruiting circles. The Gators and Will Muschamp are going to go head-to-head with Urban for five-star DE Noah Spence, who will officially visit Ohio State this weekend.
ESPN national director of football recruiting Tom Luginbill checks in with an analysis of Charlie Weis' trek to Kansas. From hitting jucos to luring Texas prospects to Kansas, the new Jayhawks coach has some work to do, Luginbill says, but there is a bright side.
In case you missed it, there was quite a scene when Weis, hobbling with a cane for his ailing hip, took to the court at Phog Allen during halftime of the Jayhawks' big win over previously unbeaten Ohio State on Saturday. He fired up the crowd and got them thinking about football again.
Former Gator defensive coordinator Greg Mattison left Florida in 2oo8 to be the DC for the Baltimore Ravens. He returned to the college ranks in January when he inherited Michigan's horrific defense. Now, the Wolverines are one of the nation's best.
OK, enough of that ride. Florida's basketball team is fresh off a resume-building home win against Arizona last week and will look for another on Saturday ...
Andy previews Saturday's Florida-Texas A&M matchup (coming soon as an SEC matchup near you!) in Sunrise, Fla. Katz calls it a "very good test for both teams prior to their conference seasons." Katz also has a note of interest to Florida fans in his Five observations from Week 2. He checks in on former Florida assistant coach Larry Shyatt, who is now head coach of Wyoming and has his Cowboys surging with (what else?) defense.
Sadly, this may be our final volleyball link for a while ...
The Gator volleyball season ended with a whimper on Saturday, as the Illini won in an emphatic four sets in the regional championship and reached their first semifinals.
And finally here is yet another reminder of how recruiting, like the coaching carousel, is also very much like that dizzying teacups ride ...
A close-knit team and a beautiful campus might have helped sway one of Georgia's top targets on his official this weekend, as tackle Avery Young says a decision might come soon. Young is a major target for the offensive line-starved Gators as well, but he's being pulled in several directions. Young favors Auburn as well and tends to have glowing reviews for each SEC school he visits.
Well, one link ...
1dSam Khan Jr.
6dGreg Ostendorf and Alex Scarborough