It's firing season once again, and so that means hiring season is coming. The SEC cannibalized one of its finest as Florida gave Jim McElwain his walking papers. The SEC already has potential openings at Tennessee, Ole Miss and has several other coaches skittering on the hot seat.
One name that keeps coming up for these spots is TCU's, Gary Patterson. SI's Bruce Feldman listed Patterson as a name to "keep an eye on" for the opening in Gainesville. Patterson is 156-55 as a head coach with six conference championships, including one in the Big 12. He won the AFCA Coach of the Year award in 2009 and 2014. He also won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and Big 12 Coach of the Year in ’14 as well.
Former Florida wide receiver Chris Doering would like to see SMU head man Chad Morris get some consideration for the opening at his alma mater. Doering is “intrigued about the possibility” of the SMU coach and former Clemson offensive coordinator getting the role in Gainesville.
Patterson is also mentioned for the Tennessee opening, even if Butch Jones is still employed in Knoxville. Listening to the openings isn't new for Patterson, who, at his press conference said he's "been listening for 15 years."
We don't think Patterson leaves everything he's built in Fort Worth for the messes that are Florida and Tennessee. We also doubt that SMU's Morris leaves, he's too deeply rooted in Texas. He'll be up for whichever Power 5 job comes open next in the state.