I would like to put something out there I'm hearing:
We all think Danny White hired his buddy and that it was a lazy decision - one that could have been made as soon as DW took the job.
However, I'm hearing a different story. We searched the country trying to find coaches who fit the profile we were looking for: clean with the NCAA, offensive mind with a legitimate track record in a P5 conference, and obviously, interest in this job through sanctions.
That list of coaches was very short. Elliott, Dykes, Leipold. James Franklin faked interest to use us for a raise and facility upgrades.
So, what I'm telling you is the only reason we landed on Josh Heupel was not that Danny White wanted him all along. In fact, I think it was the opposite. We turned over every rock, turned every corner, only to realize our candidate pool was very shallow. And while Heupel had reservations about taking the job, White's personal relationship with him was able to bridge the gap.
Its a wait and see for me. He literally couldn't pull a top 60 class 1 year removed from a "national championship". He hasn't signed a 4 or 5 star at UCF with 3 double digit win seasons in the last 4 years. Thats terrible!!!
Why would big name assistants want to come here when big name head coaches don't want to come here. Why would it be any different?
Having said that I realize their are a lot of good coaches out there that you have never heard of.
It is what it is.....we are starting over from scratch. This is a long build back up. No short fixes with the position that we have put ourselves in.