just too many things lining up for both sides in this one.
a lot of P5 openings at decent schools this offseason, SF having a banner year; so it would be tough for SF to not take the next step up as a coach at this time. why roll the dice and risk a poor season at UCF next year that could hurt your coaching stock? meanwhile, with multiple schools in play for HCs, the bidding wars may jack up the price tag for him.
plus he's been on record as saying he would love to come back home and coach at NU, and Moos hasn't exactly been beating around the bush with his knowledge and praise of SF's pedigree and accomplishments.
for Moos, he might consider that the program would be better off in the short term with a more established HC, but how can he risk not hiring SF? if he hires SF and SF fails, at least that question is answered. if he doesn't hire SF and SF succeeds elsewhere, Moos will be run out of town. plus the fans will likely give SF more time to right the ship, considering he's a native son, and young. plus hiring SF will likely result in a bigger revenue bump on multiple levels compared to any other hire.
for SF, he could choose another program with an easier recruiting base, but without historical ties to the area or the school, I don't see another fan base giving him more time than NU would. he'd be another McElwain at UF, for example. also, even though it's harder to recruit to Lincoln, it can be done. if grandpa Riley can convince kids to come to Lincoln in the summer on their own dime, I'm sure SF can do the same, especially once paid official visits are pushed up to be allowed in the summer. but even with less talented recruits, the west division is basically Wisky and everyone else. NU arguably has more talent than any other school in the west, it wont take long to get things back on track and competing for west division titles. someone wrote somewhere that if they're playing blackjack they'd rather have 18 to the dealer's 17 than 20 to the dealer's 21, as an example of less talent at NU is still more talent than the other west teams, but more talent at UF might mean they're facing even more talent at schools like Alabama and Georgia. he's from Neb. his parents still live here, he just had a baby, he still has ties to the program, he has former Huskers on his staff, he's had TO speak at his coaching clinics, etc. plus, if he fails at NU, it wont be a death sentence for his career, as the media will just say it's not in the cards for NU anymore. if he fails at a place like UF or UT, though, I could see there being questions about his ability to coach at a top school at the P5 level.
just too many things make sense and are lining up for this not to happen.
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