It’s unclear how involved Steve Spurrier will be in the process of Florida hiring a new coach, but it’s expected that he’ll be involved on some level.
There have been rumors that Spurrier and Florida AD Scott Stricklin disagree to some extent on who the Gators should hire, and the Head Ball Coach dispelled those rumors quickly in a recent interview on ESPNU SiriusXM Radio. He also said he doesn’t expect the hire to happen at least until the regular season is over.
“A lot of the coaches that maybe are candidates, or that Scott Stricklin is interested in, are still coaching, so I don’t think anything’s going to happen for a couple of weeks here,” Spurrier said. “I really believe nothing will be done until the season is over. And I’m not pushing anyone, I’m not recommending anyone. If Scott Stricklin asks me for my opinion, I’ll do that.
“The only thing I’ve said is that I hope the new coach hires one or two former Gators for the staff. I just think that’s important, whoever the new coach may be.”
There have been rumors circulating that Florida and Chip Kelly are close to a deal, and while that still might happen, it doesn’t seem like Stricklin will make a hire until the regular season is over and he can interview more coaches.
Scott Frost and Dan Mullen will likely be on Florida’s radar, and they each have a few weeks left in the regular season at their respective schools.
So, Florida fans might have to be a little patient as the season winds down as it appears as if this process will take a few more weeks.
Meanwhile, the Gators host UAB this weekend, and they need a win in the last two weeks if they want to avoid their worst record since 1979’s 0-10-1 campaign under Charley Pell.
(h/t Saturday Down South)