Welcome to the show, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin. He's about to make the biggest hire of his life. He just oversaw the biggest firing of his life, the ousting of Jim McElwain and his unwatchable football.Florida has jumped in the pool early. I'd hate to think it did so without knowing exactly who it wanted.I'd be looking for offense, I'd be looking for vision. I'd be looking for someone with head coaching experience. I'd be looking for the next big thing in the profession, someone young, or someone old who is beyond good. RELATED: Jim McElwain out as Florida Gators head football coach I'm talking to Steve Spurrier. No way Spurrier, 72, wants to coach again, but he first made Florida football truly great, and his offenses changed the SEC. I'm leaning on him for ideas, more than McElwain ever did with the legend down the hall.I'm talking to Bob Stoops. I think he's out mowing his lawn. The retired Oklahoma coach made a national championship defense at Florida and won another national title at OU. You can't not talk to a guy who won 190 games in 18 seasons just to make sure he's sure about stepping away. RELATED: Potential candidates for the Florida Gators' head football coaching job Now, let's get real.I'm talking to Chip Kelly. Yes, Kelly had two bad turns in the NFL, and he's an ego and a control freak, and Florida just got through with McElwain. But Kelly was also an offensive mindblower at Oregon.I'm talking to Randy Shannon, who was named Florida interim coach. Shannon has done a good job as Gators defensive coordinator, but flopped as a head coach at Miami. Still deserves an interview, out of courtesy if nothing else.I'm talking to Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. Mullen worked under Urban Meyer and with Timmy Tebow and coached up Dak Prescott at MSU. Thing is, I'm not sure Mullen, who left UF after the 2008 season, has a lot of friends left, or how well he worked with Stricklin when Stricklin was AD in Starkville. I'd still talk to him.I'm most definitely talking to Scott Frost. The head coach of undefeated UCF is this season's Tom Herman. Frost is only 42, coordinated the offense and Oregon and has made the Knights the top scoring team in the nation. UCF was 0-12 the season before Frost arrived. The Gators better hurry before Nebraska crashes the party.I'm talking to USF coach Charlie Strong. Yes, at 57 he's older and he's about defense, he swung and missed at Texas and I still don't know why Charlie settled for that field goal against Houston. But I'm talking to Charlie. He'd love to come back to Gainesville.I'm talking to second-year Iowa State coach Matt Campbell. He has things going in Ames, and has knocked off two top-5 teams, Oklahoma and TCU. Talk to him. I'm checking out Memphis head coach Mike Norvell. I'm talking to Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente. Give me young and bold.If this was last year, I would have already hired P.J. Fleck away from Western Michigan. Minnesota did, and Fleck is only 1-4 in the Big Ten, but his energy is overwhelming. I'd give Fleck a shout.I'm checking in on the three Ls — Lane Kiffin, Mike Leach and Les Miles — if nothing else but for fun. Kiffin is a carpetbagger, but he'd bring thrills. Leach is crazed genius. The Hatter is a gas. Hey, who says a coaching search has to be boring?Speaking of which, I'm talking to Jon Gruden. Yes, throw Chucky in there, since Tennessee is chasing him. Chucky to Gainesville? If Gruden returns, it's to the NFL.I'm sure Florida has a much smaller list than this. Scott Frost might be at the top of it. The Gators better know who they want or why did they fire McElwain at this time?Scott Stricklin, you're on the clock.