The “Coaching Carousel” of college football continues to spin on a Tuesday and this time a Gators assistant gets his first head coaching gig. Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has landed the head job at Temple in the AAC.
This according to breaking college news maven, Brett McMurphy of ESPN:
Florida DC Geoff Collins will be named Temple’s coach, sources told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 13, 2016
Collins just finished his second regular season with the Gators calling the defense for Jim McElwain. He was previously the DC for four seasons at Mississippi State under Dan Mullen and before that for one season at Florida International.
He does have an extensive background recruiting, as recruiting coordinator previously for UCF and Georgia Tech, as well working for Alabama behind the scenes for a season.
It’s not known, if Collins will stay on to coach the Gators D, when they battle Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on January 2nd.
Meanwhile speaking of the carousel, Temple, who just won the AAC championship, saw coach Matt Rhule take the Baylor job last week and was believed to have been wooing Charlie Strong for it’s vacancy. Strong obviously opted for USF opening on Sunday.
There is a recent previous connection from a Gator assistant being hired as head coach at Temple, too. Former Urban Meyer offensive coordinator, Steve Adazio, was hired by the Owls in 2010.