It isn’t even Halloween yet but three football coaches in Florida have been fired. First it was Joe Philbin of the Miami Dolphins. It really must have been him, because the Fins look like a new team since he left. They have hammered Tennessee and Houston and somewhat resemble the team many thought they would be in the preseason.
On Sunday, two Florida college teams that were totally embarrassed on Saturday created two more head coach job openings. The University of Miami fired coach Al Golden after the Canes suffered the worst loss in program history, a 58-0 blowout to Clemson. If you think that Miami is a dead end job, let me remind you that in 1998, the Canes were blown out 66-13 by Syracuse. Three years later they won their fifth National Championship.
UCF’s head coaching position also opened up on Sunday. This opened when George O’Leary decided to step down after a 59-10 loss at home to Houston on Saturday dropped the Knights to 0-8. This is a program coming off two straight AAC titles the past two seasons and a win in the Fiesta Bowl two seasons ago. The free fall this program finds itself involved in is startling. But O’Leary himself was 0-11 in his first season and in his second season the Knights won eight games. So the right coach could turn things around there quickly.
So with head coaches in Florida disappearing like mad, this begs the question, how safe is Lovie Smith as the Tampa Bay Bucs head coach after they blew a 24-0 lead to Washington on Sunday? And would Gus Bradley have been left in London had the Jacksonville Jaguars not found a way to pull out a game they led 27-3, then found themselves down 31-27 late in the fourth quarter?
Florida just does not seem to be a safe place for football coaches these days.