The silly season is upon us. In the SEC, this year’s might be sillier than ever.
Three of the league’s 14 coaching jobs already are open, and at least two other openings could be brewing. That means five schools could begin the 2018 season with a different leader than it had when the 2017 season began. And if a coach goes from one league school to another, the number could swell to an astounding half-dozen.
So, who is going where? Which members of the litany of candidates’ lists you’ve been reading regularly are going to get the job? Which ones are even actual candidates? The truth is, nobody knows. Athletic directors work harder than ever to keep searches close to the vest, an effort aided by the fact that the prominent schools have moved away from using search firms.
But since we really don’t know, what could be more fun than predicting the outcomes? So here is our GN Crystal Ball – which means it is an accumulation of guesses. Guesses gleaned from what we hear, what we read, relationships we have and general gut feelings from more than 30 years in the business. Still, they are guesses.
So, in no particular order:
FLORIDA: My guess is Scott Frost. This much we do know – his name is by far the hottest with the Florida faithful. But more than that, he just seems a natural fit. He has a high-flying offense, he is a clean-cut golden boy fans would embrace and he lives a few hours away, meaning he already knows a great deal about the high schools he would be recruiting. No team more than Florida, which has been challenged on offense for so long, needs the coach of the nation’s highest scoring offense.
What could go wrong? Frost is from Nebraska and beloved in that state. That job likely will come open, too, meaning he may be choosing between the fertile recruiting grounds of Florida and the sense of home from Nebraska. Both are big-time programs.
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