This article was written by long time Canespace blogger Hassan...
With the recent coaching changes I think another thing to keep and eye on are the seven major head coaches in the State of Florida.
On the plus side I think you have to focus on what Miami is doing themselves. The Hurricanes have an amazing stadium now and they really have a home field advantage they have not had since they left the Orange Bowl. As we start winning and get into bigger games this will continue to improve. The crowds this year disrupted other teams. That was a much needed and refreshing change from the past few years.
I also think with the Indoor Practice Facility and other improvements Richt has implemented and the new culture he has instilled in the team that we are going to compete much better with other in-State big schools like UF and FSU. Finally, adding more staff like the offensive coaches from local high schools will bring value as well in the recruiting process.
Of the next level schools I think USF has the biggest ability to improve. They have a big name coach with big ties in Florida and the school itself is big and plays in a good stadium. My prediction is they will battle with Miami in recruiting and win some battles for some 3-4 star kids, especially Central Florida kids.
For FIU I think Butch will struggle for a year or two like he did here and fans might think he is too old and the game passed him by. However, given time, I think he will upgrade that roster with local two and three star kids that will win him a couple conference titles. A few of those three star kids would really help roster depth for Miami but I do not see FIU winning any big battles with us for a kid we REALLY want.
Largely I believe the same with FAU. I think it is possible Kiffin fails there, but it is also possible he turns them into a powerful small school mid major type like Boise State. It is really hard to say but that school is way behind and it will take at least 2-3 years just to really take an early look on where he has it heading.
Now, tell me what you think?