Florida grew to change into the third marquee faculty soccer job to open this season when the Gators fired Dan Mullen amid his fourth season on Sunday. The Gators join LSU and Southern Cal with openings opinion to be as to be among the many prime-15 jobs in faculty soccer.

Other Energy 5 jobs on hand consist of Washington, Washington Inform, Virginia Tech and TCU.

Suffice it to narrate that this year’s educating carousel will offer an even wilder roam than standard.

On this edition of “SEC Football Unfiltered,” a podcast from the US TODAY Community, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams each and each pitch three candidates for his or her cohost to enjoy in tips for the Gators.

Toppmeyer’s candidates for Florida:

Lane Kiffin (Ole Omit)

Toppmeyer’s pitch: Fetch the image of a young, immature Tennessee Vols coach who took shots at Urban Meyer’s recruiting tactics out of your tips. Kiffin has matured and confirmed himself a winner. He’s a incandescent offensive tips, which matches Florida effectively. Plus, he laid groundwork in Florida by leading Florida Atlantic to 2 Conference USA titles in three seasons. Now in his 2nd season at Ole Omit, the Rebels are positioned for a Recent Year’s Six bowl selection.

Adams’ response: Kiffin is the correct match for Florida. He’d be the 2nd coming of Steve Spurrier. 

Billy Napier (Louisiana)

Toppmeyer’s pitch: Louisiana had small within the procedure of program pedigree earlier than Napier’s arrival. He’s been a godsend for UL. The Ragin’ Cajuns are headed to the Sun Belt Championship game for the fourth time in Napier’s four-year tenure. Plus, he won skills working the gargantuan-time circuit as a frail assistant for Nick Saban at Alabama and Dabo Swinney at Clemson.

Adams’ response: Now not a frightful candidate. Now not colossal, both. I’d of course feel more elated with Napier if I seen him label himself as a Energy 5 head coach first.

Mario Cristobal (Oregon)

Toppmeyer’s pitch: Even supposing Oregon hasn’t regained the level it achieved beneath Chip Kelly, Cristobal has the Geese headed within the moral course. Oregon won the Rose Bowl to cap the 2019 season and is in opponents for one more Rose Bowl instruct. Cristobal, the frail Florida World coach, won SEC skills working for Saban at Alabama. Plus, he straight addresses one in every of Mullen’s shortcomings: recruiting. Oregon’s 2021 recruiting class used to be the tip-ranked class in program history.

Adams’ response: Did you now not gape Oregon’s 38-7 loss to Utah on Saturday? I’d rather enjoy Mullen aid.

Adams’ candidates for Florida Gators:

Urban Meyer (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Adams’ pitch: Meyer’s stint within the NFL goes nowhere snappy, nonetheless few enjoy confirmed themselves more adept on the faculty level. Florida ought to present Meyer a lifeline out of the NFL. 

Toppmeyer’s response: You are now not severe, moral? Here’s the stuff of anecdote land. Anyway, all of us know the arrangement this might well cease: After about a moral seasons, Meyer’s tenure would soar the rails, and he’d resign, citing a desire to spend more time with household and a scheme conclude to specialise in his health.

James Franklin (Penn Inform)

Adams’ pitch: Whenever you occur to’ll be succesful of manual Vanderbilt to three straight bowl video games, including a pair of 9-scheme conclude seasons, it’s seemingly you’ll per chance be succesful of flourish at Florida. Franklin is a confirmed winner, and he’d recruit, too.

Toppmeyer’s response: Now not a home-bustle rent, nonetheless a moral rent. Understand at Franklin all the arrangement via the course of his occupation rather than factual via the lens of Penn Inform’s 11-9 file the past two seasons, and his résumé is heavenly sturdy. He mustn’t be Florida’s prime candidate, nonetheless or now not it’s now not not so good as enjoy Franklin on the list.

Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma)

Adams’ pitch: Requested about LSU’s opening final week, Riley did now not exactly shoot down the thought that of changing jobs. Riley’s trace of offense would lunge over effectively in Florida. Plus, Oklahoma fans appear to be getting restless as they await his or her first national championship since the 2000 season. Shall be time for a fresh originate for Riley.

Toppmeyer’s response: All moral, right here is more life like than Meyer, as a minimal, despite the proven reality that I enjoy a laborious time seeing Florida pulling Riley from Oklahoma. But the Sooners are headed to the SEC in 2025, and or now not it’s value attempting to persuade Riley to join the occasion early. He’d raise a relaxing trace of offense that Florida fans would enjoy. If Florida can rent Riley, plan it this day.

Later within the episode

  • Adams offers his appreciation for the Egg Bowl, which will renew Thursday with heightened stakes, and he shares about a experiences of overlaying the rivalry between Ole Omit and Mississippi Inform when he used to be a columnist for the Clarion Ledger. Toppmeyer says that, in hindsight, Ole Omit fans ought to enjoy about Elijah Moore’s wearisome penalty that had a hand within the 2019 Egg Bowl and value Matt Luke his job. With out that penalty, Kiffin might well now not be educating Ole Omit this day.
  • Toppmeyer shares the anecdote of how Bryce Young’s lunge to to a Tuscaloosa Walmart for the length of his freshman year taught the Alabama quarterback the that arrangement of the Iron Bowl.
  • Despite Florida’s job coming open, Adams light ranks LSU’s opening as the simplest on hand job. His prime three, so as: LSU, Florida and USC.

Where to hearken to SEC Football Unfiltered




Blake Toppmeyer is an SEC Columnist for the US TODAY Community. John Adams is a senior columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Whenever you occur to revel in their protection, enjoy in tips a digital subscription that can enable you entry to all of it. You seemingly might well additionally subscribe to their podcast, SEC Football Unfiltered. Along with they host a podcast bearing in mind Tennessee soccer, The Volunteer Inform.

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