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Posted at 5:57 AM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Florida vs. Miami: Which school has the better coaching job?

By Cindy Boren

The sudden resignation of Urban Meyer opens a sudden battle between Florida and Miami, with both schools looking for head football coaches.

It's a no-brainer, according to Dave Hyde of the Orlando Sentinel: Florida seemingly wins hands down.

Florida has more money. Florida has better facilities. Florida has an on-campus stadium it could fill for tiddly-winks, has won more recent championships, churns out more NFL talent of late and recruits from the same rich basin of high-school football that is considered Miami's top drawing card.

Unless a coach wants to make a cannonball in the college football pool. Then it's not such a no-brainer after all.

But if a coach wants to come in, and make an immediate impact, Miami looks the easier path. Miami has players to win big next year, thanks to Randy Shannon's recruiting.
It also has the conference to win big in. The ACC, for all its shabby football, is Miami's best friend right now.
See, to win big at Miami, you have to get by Virginia Tech and Florida State. That's really it. The rest of the conference consists of teams you don't want to stub your season on.

Of course, Urban Meyer could always change his mind about stepping down, as he did last December after a health scare. Doesn't sound like it, though.

"At the end of the day, I'm very convinced that you're going to be judged on how you are as a husband and as a father and not on how many bowl games we won," Meyer, 46, said. Last December, Meyer, whose Gators have won two national titles, quit after being hospitalized with chest pains. "Last year was a knee-jerk reaction. This year was just completely different."

If he wants to coach again, the possibilities are endless. The West Coast would welcome him. Jerry Crowe of the Los Angeles Times asks whether he'd be a fit at UCLA or USC. Meyer says, though, that he wants to watch his daughters play sports, that last year was a "wakeup call."

So, he's out of the conversation for now. Back to the Florida opening. Darren Everson of the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the possibilities, two of whom formerly were coordinators under Meyer. There's Dan Mullen at Mississippi State and Charlie Strong at Louisville. Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said he plans to make a hire in two-three weeks.

Miami, well, the 'Canes have consulted Jon Gruden and are still looking. Mullen is in the mix in Miami, too. (He might as well back up the money truck and let 'em duke it out.) Miami has spoken to Connecticut coach Randy Edsall and Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville, with Nebraska's Bo Pelini next on the list.

By Cindy Boren  | December 9, 2010; 5:57 AM ET
Categories:  College football  
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Comments

Like a lot of other people, I don't believe Urban Meyer will stay retired too long. He is relatively young and accomplished a lot for the the Gators. That kind of success (excluding the last season) is a drug. It doesn't help that he also an incredible ego. He will probably get sick of retirement once he is done being with his family or his health gets a bit better. The next guy that succeeds him has a lot to live up to and also a lot to work on. I'm curious who the next coach will be and if they can find someone in two weeks. There was a poll asking about who you think the next coach will be from the morning, http://my-take.com/poll/who-will-be-the-gators-next-coach Dan Mullen seems to be the favorite.

Posted by: ElsieW1n | December 9, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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