Will Muschamp’s Replacement: 12 Realistic Options to Coach Florida Gators

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Nov 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez (right) pats UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora on the back after the Wildcats were beat by the Bruins 17-7 at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

3. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona Wildcats

Seasons at Current School: Three

Record at Current School: 24-12

Overall Record: 144-96-2 (99-60 in Div. I)

Age: 51

Very few college coaches are as accomplished as Rich Rodriguez at their age, and he would be a perfect fit for Florida. Rodriguez built a powerhouse at West Virginia, was on his way to building a powerhouse at Michigan, and is now very close to building a power house at Arizona.

It wouldn’t take him that long to build it at Florida. His offenses are already built around speed. It may take a year for his players to pick it up, but this team would very quickly start scoring a lot in the SEC.

Florida should seriously consider Rodriguez. He was just as ahead of his time as Urban Meyer when it comes to the spread offense, and at Florida he would be able to run it with talent unlike anything he’s ever had at any other school.

He was getting there at Michigan, but the culture change and style change from what Lloyd Carr ran is what took the program a little bit of time to take off. Had he stayed, they would be winning national championships right now.

If he went to Florida, he would be a perfect fit almost immediately.

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