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Rich Rodriguez to Florida? Makes sense to ESPN's Haney

The Detroit News

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is one of eight logical candidates to replace the fired Will Muschamp at Florida, in the opinion of ESPN college football expert Travis Haney.

In fact, Haney lists Rodriguez, the former Michigan coach, No. 2 on his "prioritized look" at eight possible candidates. No. 1 is Oklahoma's Bob Stoops.

Haney on Rodriguez:

"Florida needs a proven winner as a head coach, and Rodriguez is 97-59 in his three major stops. He's charismatic, which plays well with recruits, fans and reporters.

" … It obviously didn't go well at Michigan (15-22), but if he was good before and after that stop, that suggests more about Michigan than Rodriguez. To me, the question is whether Rodriguez likes the way things are set up at Arizona. He has a great, young AD in Greg Byrne and, generally, a lower stress level.

"Then again, he makes a little more than $2 million. And maybe he does want another big-brand job to further erase the Michigan stain on his rep. As one SEC coach reminded me last year, money and ego drive coaches more than anything."

The others on Haney's list, in order: 3. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss; 4. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; 5. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; 6. Charlie Strong, Texas; 7. Jim McElwain, Colorado State; 8. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina.

Here is Haney's complete analysis (pay site).