Urban Meyer’s resignation resounded through the state of Florida like a crack in the windshield that spreads every which way.
It hit Florida State. It hit Miami. And, most importantly, it hit Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt.
Hocutt’s job to make Miami’s next coach a home run hire just became an impossible task. Because no matter who he brings in, Florida AD Jeremy Foley will hit a grand slam. Put yourself in, say, Dan Mullen’s shoes. Where would you want to coach? At Miami, a nice fixer-upper of a house, or at Florida, where you’re handed the keys to a Porsche? Just ask Meyer, who, when he was hired from Utah, chose the Gators over the most storied program in college football -- Notre Dame.
Over the past decade, Florida was 103-23 under Meyer and won two national titles. Miami hasn’t even won the Coastal Division since joining the ACC or a bowl game in the past four seasons. Florida plays in the Swamp. Miami plays in an empty pro stadium. Regardless of his on-field results, former coach Randy Shannon set the bar even higher off the field by instilling discipline and graduating his players. Good luck finding a coach who can do that AND win a national title.
The truth is, Florida’s short list probably contains big-name coaches Miami couldn’t get -- Bob Stoops. Jon Gruden. Bobby Petrino.
Florida and Miami have only played five times this decade, but they’re constantly going against each other in recruiting, academics and everything else. Shannon beat Meyer soundly when it came to discipline. But Hocutt isn’t going to beat Foley on this hire.