So this is fun: According to a report, the Florida Gators and Texas Longhorns are in discussions for a future home-and-home series.
On the surface, it’s a fantastic matchup between two premier programs with two coaches who are familiar with the opponent. Florida head coach Will Muschamp was Texas defensive coordinator from 2008-10 and the obvious choice to replace Mack Brown as head man in Austin before he left to take over the program in Gainesville.
Texas coach Charlie Strong got his start in the coaching business at Florida as a graduate assistant in 1983-84 and returned twice more (’88-89, 2002-09) before getting a head coaching opportunity at Louisville.
But here’s the interesting question: If this series does get finalized, will either Muschamp or Strong even be the head coaches of their respective programs?
Florida has room in its schedule in coming seasons to add non-conference games, but Texas is booked.
In 2015, the Horns play at Notre Dame and have Rice and Cal at home. In ’16, they have Notre Dame and UTEP at home and travel to Cal. In ’17, Texas has Maryland and UCF at home and then goes to USC.
So the earliest the Texas-Florida series could commence – barring Texas opponents backing out of their agreements in the next three seasons – is 2018. That would be Year 5 for Strong in Austin, which would mean things are going well because coaches don’t typically get five seasons in high-profile jobs without significant success.
Muschamp, of course, isn’t guaranteed to get past 2014 if the Gators don’t have marked improvement. Projecting him out to ’18 is impossible. Then again, Florida could have rebound this season and Muschamp could carry on well into the future. It’s not like he’s trying to parlay Florida into a better job; they don’t come better than the Florida job, and if a case is made for a “better job,” that’s entirely built on preference.
Here’s to hoping the series gets done and both Strong and Muschamp are in their current gigs in 2018. A Top 10 Longhorns team in the Swamp in September against a Top 10 Florida team would be fantastic for all.
1. Pac-12 Media Days wrapped up on Thursday, and among the coaches speaking was UCLA’s Jim Mora. He had some interesting comments regarding quarterback Brett Hundley and the black QB stereotype the NFL typically affixes to prospects like him.
3. Ohio State fired its band director after a probe revealed a “sexualized culture” surrounding the self-proclaimed Best Damn Band in the Land.
THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
1. Auburn QB Nick Marshall paid the $1,000 fine for his marijuana citation, and his case is now closed. Coach Gus Malzahn has not yet announced what the discipline for Marshall will be, although it doesn’t really matter to fans, I suppose, unless that discipline includes missing Auburn’s Week 1 game against Arkansas. That announcement should come soon.
3. In better news, as of yesterday, we were five weeks from kick off. Just sayin’.
THREE THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW
1. Now THIS is how you get out of a wedding during football season. An Auburn fan made himself sick by hanging around an ill family member so he could ditch his friend’s wedding that happened to be scheduled for the same exact time as the Iron Bowl last season. He may have sacrificed health and friendship, but Chris Davis made sure it was totally worth it.
2. Texas had a little trouble spelling ‘Texas’ in its media guide, and then some wise-ass Oklahoma fans decided to make a website about it. See, the SEC doesn’t have a monopoly on premium trash talking.
* Why would the offensive coordinator of Notre Dame take a $200,000 pay cut to become the head coach of the worst team in college football? Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel tries to explain Chuck Martin.
* I love reading Bill Connelly’s stuff over at SB Nation. He combines analytics with exhaustive research and makes you smarter. He’ll have previewed every Division I team in detail by the time this offseason is over. Here’s his latest on USC.