Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Addazio weighing his options

In Wednesday's edition of the Register there will be an update on the attempt to fill the vacant Yale head football coach job.

Sources have indicated to us that former Cheshire High coach Steve Addazio can have the job if he so desires. That is a big "if."

Addazio is in contention for the plum gig as Florida's offensive coordinator with former Gators' OC Dan Mullen taking the head job at Mississippi State. There was some bantering about Mullen even attempting to lure Addazio, currently Florida's offensive line coach, to Starkville to be Mississippi State's offensive coordinator. I'm not sure how likely that scenario is with three of the assistants Mullen has hired to date being former offensive coordinators. The opening at Florida is a different story.

The Palm Beach Post addressed the issue in a blog Monday morning mentioning Addazio and receivers coach Billy Gonzales as the top in-house candidates to fill Mullen's spot. One thing in the blog that would concern me from Yale's end is the statement that Florida coach Urban Meyer will take his time finding a replacement for Mullen. Time is a luxury Yale simply does not have. If Addazio wants the Yale job, those being entrusted with doing the hiring should finish the deal. Sure, Yale has a solid start to the recruiting season with a handful of prime recruits having already received "likely letters" but the longer the process drags out, the more difficult it will be securing commitments from recruits who are currently undecided. If Addazio chooses to stay with the Gators, things could get extremely interesting as the job search will open back up.

I do know that the original target of having a coach in place by Christmas is about to come and go. Will something happen between Christmas and New Year's? Stay tuned.

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