The search for Urban Meyer’s replacement might not take as long as you might expect. In fact, Jeremy Foley already has his résumé on file.
Bobby Petrino was Foley’s second choice behind Meyer in 2004, which suggests a lot of the initial research and candidate evaluation has already been concluded.
The fact that Petrino’s name is as attractive in 2010 as it was in 2004 suggests a lot about him as a coach and his credentials.
In the six years since he was a candidate at Florida, Petrino has certainly been on the move. In 2006, he left the University of Louisville to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. However, he left the Falcons before the season was over to take the Arkansas job.
When looking at Petrino’s résumé, you see many stops on his coaching journey, and it’s not likely you’ll find any stops extending longer than three years.
The skinny on Petrino has been that he is always in pursuit of the next job available. One thing Foley and the University of Florida have in their favor is there are not too many better jobs in college football than the Florida job. If any college offers were extended to Petrino while he was at the University of Florida, the move would be lateral, and coaches tend to stay away from lateral moves. Just ask Bobby Stoops.
Petrino might actually get a bad rap here; after all, coaches are constantly looking for the best job available. Urban Meyer left Bowling Green and Utah the first opportunity he had to better himself. The goal for any college coach is to one day coach at an elite program. Nick Saban did not get into coaching to coach at Toledo for the rest of his life.
Petrino has been a very successful coach throughout his career and has proven to be a great recruiter, which is essential in college football and especially the SEC. After the Gators' humbling 2010 season, he could be just the ticket for exciting a base that is very frustrated.
At the end of the day, Jeremy Foley has the only list that truly matters, and in this Christmas season, you can believe he’ll be checking it more than twice.
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