Just when it looked like things were settling down over at Florida with the hiring of Miami Dolphins’ assistant coach George Edwards, Jim Leavitt went and got himself fired at South Florida on Friday.
What this means is there could be another opening on the Florida coaching staff real soon, just after Meyer filled his staff Friday when he named Edwards the Gators’ defensive coordinator.
Defensive line coach Dan McCarney almost certainly will be considered a leading candidate to replace Leavitt at South Florida. McCarney was the defensive line coach for the Bulls before coming to Florida two years ago. McCarney took the job at Florida hoping it would lead to another head coaching opportunity for the former Iowa State coach. Now, that opportunity may be about to present itself.
McCarney would be a great hire for the Bulls. He knows the staff in Tampa, he knows the recruiting landscape in the area (which he currently recruits for Florida), and he’s a heck of a coach who seems to get the most out of his players.
McCarney going to USF would not be good for Florida. It would mean Meyer has to go out and find another coach. The good thing is that one of Meyer’s strengths is his ability to put together a top flight coaching staff. He’ll have some impressive coaches on his list to contact if McCarney does get the USF job, and he’ll make another notable hire. Coaching the defensive line at Florida is not a hard sell.