In the field of college football, there are few positions as prestigious as head coaching, especially in the Southeastern Conference. But with great honor comes great responsibility, and if the program does not live up to expectations, then the bet usually stops at the top, becoming a double-edged sword.
Once the head coaching job of a Florida football club was one of the most enticing in the country, known for its great weather and opportunities, and right in the heart of one of the deepest reservoirs for hiring talent. However, the Oranges and Blues are still a storied program that is coming back to the top, but it lacks work compared to its conference peers.
Jesse Simonton of On3 just watched at 14 SEC schools and ranked each based on how name, image and likeness, teams, and the transfer portal—among other things—have changed the way college football does business. He placed the Gators in fifth place and offered the following rationale.
Ten years ago, UF was higher on this list. It’s gotten a little worse in recent years, but the Gators remain a hell of an attractive job, even if it’s a tougher job than, say, Georgia or LSU. The Sunshine State is a fertile (but especially competitive) recruiting base, and the school’s administration has shown renewed financial commitment (hello, new football club). The Gators have one of the most aggressive groups in the NIL right now.
Florida is behind Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama crimson tide, Texas A&M Eggies as well as LSU Tigersrespectively in the ranking, leading by one position Tennessee Volunteers. Not surprisingly, the Vanderbilt Commodores finished in last place.
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