Gator Chomp: Should the Florida Gators Pursue Charlie Weis?

Jim JonesContributor IIIDecember 31, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Charlie Weis of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish waits to enter the field for a game against the Univeristy of Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame Stadium on November 21, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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An interesting report is spreading across the Internet. Charlie Weis may be heading to Gainesville to take over as the University of Florida's offensive coordinator. This could have a huge impact on the Florida program, for while few people are doubting Will Muschamp's ability to coach defense, recruit and rally players, his ability to oversee offense is unproven.


If Weis lands in Gainesville, there should be little doubt that he will be given free reign over the offense. I would suspect that he would be given the Associate Head Coach title, or something similar, but we will have to wait and see how it all shakes out.


While some Florida fans may question hiring a coach who was fired from Notre Dame after only a handful of mediocre seasons, we must remember that Weis has always been highly regarded for his offensive schemes and player development. Notre Dame's offense was generally good, even spectacular at times, and that was while Weis was handling both offensive coordinator and head coach responsibilities. While I am sure Muschamp would turn to Weis for advice and input, Weis would largely be relieved of the spotlight and administrative duties that seemed to be his downfall at Notre Dame.


Further, Weis always recruited well at Notre Dame and he would undoubtedly be able to continue that success at Florida. Rumor has it that some players believed that if they were successful in Weis's scheme at Notre Dame, they were practically guaranteed to get drafted. Given Weis's success in the NFL, players would have good reason to believe that performing well under Weis would be a great career boost.


Giving Weis an opportunity to focus solely on coordinating the offense and recruiting players could result in an explosive and highly talented Florida offense. Some Florida fans might not want to see the spread offense leave Gainesville, but Weis's pro-style is fast-paced and explosive, so Gator fans can look forward to more high-octane offensive action.


Will the Gators be able to land Weis? Who knows—it will likely take a big sum of money to get him to sign on as offensive coordinator, but Florida has the cash. Further, Weis has a knack for player development and it's possible that he got a taste for it at the college level while at Notre Dame. If Florida does manage to reel in Weis, the Gators could become the most sound team on either side of the ball in the country.