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Who will replace Urban Meyer at Florida?

Dan Mullen

Coach, Mississippi St., 38 years old

WHY HE'D GET HIRED: Great offensive mind was part of Florida's two national championships under Urban Meyer and has had two solid seasons at Mississippi State, winning 10-7 at UF this season. Worked with Meyer at Notre Dame, Bowling Green and Utah so could follow him here as well.

Chris Petersen

Coach, Boise State, 46 years old

WHY HE'D GET HIRED: Broncos coach is 60-5 in five seasons with Boise State, and while he's been committed to that program, another season on outside of BCS title game could convince him to join an elite conference.

Jim Harbaugh

Coach, Stanford, 46 years old

WHY HE'D GET HIRED: He's a hot young coach who knows how to handle quarterbacks. He has found success at a top-notch academic university, which would appeal to UF president Bernie Machen.

Charlie Strong

Coach, Louisville, 50 years old

WHY HE'D GET HIRED: Has had four stints at Florida under the previous five head coaches, including running Meyer's defense on the 2006 and '08 championship squads. In first year at Louisville, led Cardinals to first bowl game in four years.

Jon Gruden

ESPN football analyst, 47 years old

WHY HE'D GET HIRED: Former Bucs coach had preliminary meeting with Miami athletic director about Hurricanes' opening, and Florida's job is more high-profile. Would his offensive knowledge and NFL success overcome lack of college and recruiting experience?

Kevin Sumlin

Coach, Houston, 46 years old

WHY HE'D GET HIRED: Third-year coach was said to be on AD Jeremy Foley's list last year, though QB injuries this season contributed to a down 5-7 year with Cougars. Came up through successful Oklahoma program but has never worked near Florida or the SEC.

Bob Stoops

Coach, Oklahoma, 50 years old

WHY HE'D GET HIRED: Former Florida defensive coordinator from Gators' 1996 championship has been targeted by Foley before but has opted to stay at Oklahoma, where he just won another Big 12 championship. Uncertain future of Big 12 could play key role.

Who will replace Urban Meyer at Florida? 12/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 9, 2010 7:34am]
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