Willie Taggart’s departure from South Florida for Oregon is good news for Kentucky football recruiting, but could it be bad news for the program?
There are a few obvious choices to replace Taggart at USF: Charlie Strong, Greg Schiano and Lane Kiffin, but Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports inserted Eddie Gran into the mix. Feldman believes Gran is one of the top seven candidates. He had this to say about UK’s offensive coordinator:
Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran is another guy who has spent decades cultivating relationships throughout Florida. Gran helped spark Kentucky’s rise out of mediocrity this fall; the Wildcats’ offense was third in the SEC in yards per play. He’s also highly regarded within coaching circles.
Justin Rowland found a Tweet from Feldman the last time there was a USF coaching vacancy.
Another name that I'm hearing is in the mix for USF job: FSU assistant Eddie Gran.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 5, 2012
With all that being said, it’s highly unlikely Gran leaves after only year at Kentucky.
Gran was approached by Mark Stoops before this year to become UK’s offensive coordinator. Even though the opportunity was there, he turned it down because he wasn’t “ready.” I doubt Gran is ready to leave his longtime friend after just one year as the offensive coordinator.
Our fearless leader, Matt Jones may be worried, but Strong or Schiano will likely jump at the opportunity before USF reaches Gran’s name.
Like Neal Brown, Eddie Gran will become a popular candidate for head coaching jobs, but he won’t likely jump at the opportunity after just one year at UK (*knock on wood*).