Aubrey Hill Resigns To Avoid Being “Distraction”

By now, you know Aubrey Hill has resigned from his position as the Florida Gators wide receivers coach. Hill – linked to the Miami Hurricanes scandal – cited personal reasons, mentioning that he didn’t want to be a distraction. While the Nevin Shapiro case wasn’t mentioned specifically, it’s easy to make the connection. The NCAA is investigating the situation and Hill is one of the primary players mentioned. In all honestly, it’s probably best for all that he’s no longer a part of Florida’s staff.

From a football standpoint, Hill was a pro/con type of guy. On the pro side, he was viewed as an outstanding recruiter and an up-and-comer on the recruiting scene. Hill connected with players and was able to bond with them throughout their recruitment. But there lies the rub as well. “Players’ coaches” aren’t always, well, good coaches (see: Ron Zook); and that’s the con side. Hill’s coaching abilities were questioned and it was widely wondered how far he could take the receivers. He could bring them to Gainesville, but beyond that everyone wondered.

Regardless, the Gators have now moved on and will employ a temporary solution for the time being. Graduate assistant Bush Hamdan – a former Boise State quarterback – will oversee the wide receivers for now with a heavy dose of mentoring by offensive coordinator Brent Pease.

Miami’s Situation And Its Impact On Recruiting

There is much to be taken out of Miami’s situation. After Hurricanes’ booster Nevin Shapiro told all through an investigative report by Yahoo! Sports Charles Robinson, we could be discussing literally anything and everything. From the death penalty to the impact to other programs, it’s all fair game at the moment.
I’ve chosen to focus on recruiting, and as long as it’s recruiting talk, you can find it at Alligator Army. Miami currently lays claim to one of the larger 2012 recruiting classes. 24 individuals are committed to the Canes and suddenly 24 have some seriously thinking to do. Their decision – whether they stick with it or not – has been influenced and will continue to be. Other programs will jump at the chance to prove without a doubt that they offer more to recruits than Miami does.
If you believe what you read and know the facts of the report, Miami could be in serious trouble; enough to make the effort of convincing high school athletes to become Canes incredibly difficult. Florida, FSU, USF, UCF and practically every other school will try to take advantage. It’s open season for every one of those 24 and anyone else who has Miami near the top of their list. The road will only get rockier for the Canes and recruiting will experience plenty of bumps along the way.