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Congrats, Mississippi State

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Can't believe Florida didn't want mullen after mayer left.

It was only a natural fit imo


You have to understand Florida's Athletic Director, Jeremy Foley. Foley prides himself on making unconventional choices (read: obscure coaches who no one else wants). Our two top coordinators while Urban Meyer was at Florida were Dan Mullen (HC, Mississippi State) and Charlie Strong (HC, Texas via Louisville). Mullen was succeeded by Steve Addazio (HC, Boston College via Temple). Foley believes that he is smarter than everyone else, yet he has given us probably the two worst coaches in the history of the program in Ron Zook and Will Muschamp.The incredible thing about the Zook hire is that he was the defensive coordinator at Florida under Steve Spurrier. Our defense got worse every year until Spurrier demoted him, and promoted Bobby Stoops (HC, Oklahoma). Two years later the Gators won the first of three national titles. The year that Foley hired Zook he was about to be fired as DC of the New Orleans Saints because - wait for it - his defense went in the dumper and cost the Saints a playoff spot.


Plenty of coaching talent has passed through Gainesville. Foley just doesn't hire any of it. Rumor has it that both Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer left Florida due to exasperation with the AD. Yet he extends contracts of coaches who underperform and defends them to the death.

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He has earned a lot of capital because the coaches he has hired in other sports have almost without exception been successful. Right now he is riding the Billy Donovan hiring (three trips to the Final Four, two crystal basketballs). Also in recent years the baseball team has been to the College World Series, women's softball won it all this year and several other minor sports have been national top ten. Because of this and the success of Urban Meyer (whose hiring Foley had virtually nothing to do with) even many sports writers dub him one of the top, if not THE top, AD in college athletics. Makes me sick whenever I hear it. As an AD at a major university, get football wrong and it trumps pretty much everything else. Foley has gotten it wrong both times he has been allowed to find a coach on his own.

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