One year after leading the Florida Gators to an SEC championship appearance, fourth-year head coach Dan Mullen was fired on Sunday, the consequence of losing six of nine games and sinking the program into an even murkier swamp.
Florida isn't the only major school with a coaching vacancy -- USC and LSU are also in the midst of conducting national searches, hoping to land a new brand-name leader. But are there enough quality candidates to fill the roles? Will the supply be able to meet the demand?
"It's really hard to find 'the guy.' And every job seems like it's impossible to lose, yet they all do when they don't have those coaches," Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel told The DA Show on Monday. "USC, 10-15 years ago, you would've been like, 'It's impossible to lose at USC, look at all the players.' They haven't won. Texas, how do you lose at Texas? You can find a way...
"Every single power struggles when they don't have the right coach, and finding that right coach is a huge thing. It's going to be wild... There's not enough of these guys, and you're going to have to hit on somebody. I don't know what some of these schools are going to do... It's going to be a wild coaching carousel..."
In four seasons with Florida, Mullen went 34-15, but failed to win an SEC title or reach the coveted College Football Playoff. The team's 24-23 overtime loss to Missouri on Saturday dropped them to 5-6 overall, and it happened to be their fourth straight defeat against a Power 5 opponent. Florida's freefall with Mullen was stunning, as they nearly upset No. 2 Alabama back on Sept. 18.
USC's search for a new coach began two months ago, when athletic director Mike Bohn announced the firing of Clay Helton. In six seasons under Helton's watch, the Trojans won just one Pac-12 title, and also failed to reach the CFP. LSU's situation is more unique. In October, the school and coach Ed Orgeron mutually agreed to part ways following this season, less than two years after he led the team to an undefeated national championship.
The entire college football conversation between Wetzel and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.