Florida Gators Recruiting: Offensive Tackle Kavaris Harkless Switches from Louisville to Florida

Kavaris Harkless pulled off a last-minute switch on Sunday. The offensive tackle was in Kentucky ready to officially enroll early at Louisville when a certain event changed his mind, leading Harkless to instead commit to Florida.

Kavaris Harkless, Florida Gators

When Charlie Strong eventually left Louisville, Gators’ fans hoped it meant good news for Florida. It did, just not the news they were looking for. With Strong headed to Texas to become the Longhorns’ new head coach, Harkless changed his mind on becoming a Cardinal. Without Strong, Harkless decided Florida would be his new home. He will enroll early.

The 6’5″, 273-pound offensive tackle is a three-star prospect according to most of the major recruiting services (ESPN gives him four stars). The 247 Composite has Harkless as the nation’s No. 76 OT. His key development point will be to add bulk. With the exception of D.J. Humphries, the offensive lineman on the Gators’ roster that have seen significant playing time all weigh in at 300 pounds or more.

Harkless’s commitment comes at a critical time for Florida. In desperate need of depth across the offensive line, the Gators are looking for bodies wherever they can find them. Harkless becomes to sixth linemen to join the 2014 recruiting class.

Louisville Cardinals 33 – Florida Gators 23: Gators Out-Coached, Out-Classed In Sugar Bowl

It ended 33-23, but that score doesn’t indicate what really happened on Wednesday night in the Sugar Bowl. Closing the door on the 2012 season, the Florida Gators were out-coached and out-classed by the Louisville Cardinals. A few years ago, Gator Nation laid claim to the Ohio State Buckeyes after both football and basketball national championships. Now, it’s the Cardinals that own the Gators. First, the elite eight victory and now the Sugar Bowl.

Charlie Strong - Louisville Cardinals

There aren’t many worse ways a game can start than they way the Sugar Bowl did for the Florida Gators. For a moment, you might think “okay good, receiving the kick, let’s just get the offense out there and get the jitters out of the way, we don’t need a score on the first drive, but at least get them on the field.” Then a few seconds later, you find yourself banging your head against the wall wondering how what just happened really did happened. If you blinked you would have missed it and suddenly it was 7-0 Louisville.

It did get worse though. The offense sputtered, but we almost expected that much. This Gators’ team didn’t get where it was this season due to an explosive offense. It got to the Sugar Bowl thanks to an elite defense and an offense that came on when it needed to. It was still very much a work in progress. Unfortunately, the defense looked like it was only at that point too on Wednesday night. To say the Gators got out-coached would be a massive understatement. It looked like the Cardinals coaching staff had spent 24 hours a day every day studying the Florida defense and finding every possible way to exploit it. And exploit it they did.

Leading up to the game, several Gators commented that Teddy Bridgewater was the best quarterback they would face all season. That looked to be true. Not only did Bridgewater look like a legitimate future Heisman candidate, the plays called for him were nearly flawless. He picked apart the Gators’ defense even when facing pressure from the defensive line. Bridgewater was a model quarterback in the victory. His stats won’t jump off off the page at you–20-of-32, 266 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception–but there was an efficiency to his play that almost had you believing early that there was no way the Cardinals would lose. 9-of-14 on third down didn’t hurt their chances either.

In the end, this wasn’t a 33-23 game. It looked more like a 33-10 game–the score was exactly that after Louisville kicked a field goal with 7:54 remaining. Florida did what it does and scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to edge closer, but it never appeared to be that close at all. One team didn’t convert on third downs; one team did. One team was plagued by stupid penalties and even an ejection; the other team wasn’t. One team looked lost and confused early; the other team appeared to be as prepared as you could possibly be. One team is 11-2 even though, at the moment, it doesn’t feel as such; the other team is 11-2 and feels as if they are on top of the world.

There will be more highs and lows for the Gators under Will Muschamp. 11-2 is something to celebrate, but the sting of this final, flat, disappointing loss makes any record good or bad tough to swallow. On the other sideline, we saw an elated and deserving victorious Charlie Strong and for a second we smiled (or smirked, or grinned, or even laughed). Two up-and-coming head coaches faced off and one flat out defeated the other.

Florida Gators Vs. Louisville Cardinals: Five Final Sugary Thoughts

In less than five hours, the Florida Gators will hit the field one final time to close out the 2012 season. Their opponent–the Louisville Cardinals–is an unfamiliar one, and the place–the Sugar Bowl–hasn’t been as known to the Gators as one would have hoped in recent years. The two teams face off with that pride thing on the line, but also much more. For the Gators, it’s a chance at an unlikely 12-1 season and a BCS bowl game victory one season before many thought it was possible.

Jeff Driskel - Florida Gators

As we head into tonight’s game and the Time That Forgot College Football beyond it, here are five final thoughts on the Sugar Bowl.

1. Charlie Strong being a former Florida Gators’ assistant coach does not give Louisville an advantage. Okay, so having Strong as a head coach period might–the man is very good at what he does–but he didn’t leave Gainesville a year ago. He left long before the current staff and system was in place. This is his third season with the Cardinals. Do the math. Will Muschamp is in his second with the Gators and it feels like offensive coordinator Brent Pease only just got here. Strong gives his team many advantages, but familiarity with what the Gators do today isn’t one of them. Sure, he’s familiar with some of the older players and even had a large part in bringing some of them to the University of Florida, but that is vastly different than someone that may have left just one season ago.

2. Yes, Teddy Bridgewater is that good. In only his sophomore season, Bridgewater is already one of the better quarterbacks in the country. He ranked seventh in the nation is passer rating–161.6–and sixth in completion percentage–60.0%. The sophomore is constantly improving. Even in Louisville’s two losses, Bridgewater’s touchdown-to-interception ratio was 5-to-2. The Gators’ secondary will be on alert. This kid can throw the ball.

3. The Gators’ sophomore quarterback–Jeff Driskel–hasn’t climbed as high as Bridgewater as quickly, but he has rather efficiently led Florida to an 11-1 record. Driskel may not wow you for 59 minutes, but then suddenly he does. He wasn’t asked to throw nearly as much as Bridgewater–216 to 387–but he showed signs of improvement over time. The passing yards aren’t there, but neither are the interceptions; Driskel only threw three all season. As the offense evolves, so does Driskel. He may never be a 3,000-yard passer, but in 11 starts in 2012 (come on, let’s just go ahead and give him the start for the Bowling Green game), he went 10-1. I’ll take it.

4. On that note, many of you will say “well, it was the defense, not the offense.” For the most part I won’t argue with you and because of that I’ll give a shout of to that side of the ball right here. Jon Bostic, gone. Sharrif Floyd, probably gone. Omar Hunter, gone. Matt Elam, probably gone. Those are just a few names. Just a few of the standouts on this year’s defense. Some of the stars will return, but others won’t. For some, this is it. This is their final game in a Gators’ uniform. Play for whatever you want to play for tonight, but make it count. Do it one final time and prove to the nation again just how good you can be.

5. And finally, enjoy it all. This isn’t just to the players, but also to us–the fans. This isn’t the Outback Bowl or Capital One Bowl or Gator Bowl. This is the Sugar Bowl. It’s one of the big ones. It’s one of the ones many Florida fans feel the Gators belong in. We want this every year, so don’t look over it when it comes as a surprise. This is what we want to see from our Gators. We want 10+ wins, we want to beat Florida State, we want to be in the top five and we want bowl games. When a national championship isn’t in the picture, this is what we want. Enjoy tonight, because tomorrow starts the long, cold, dead period.

Florida Gators Vs. Louisville Cardinals: Surprise Sugar Bowl Appearance Couldn’t Be Sweeter

Ah, the familiar feel of the Sugar Bowl. Wednesday night will mark the Florida Gators ninth appearance in the New Orleans-based bowl game. Their record in it is far from spectacular, but it doesn’t make another appearance any less sweet.

Will Muschamp - Florida Gators

During the 1990s and the rise of now legendary head coach Steve Spurrier, the Gators and the Sugar Bowl practically went hand-in-hand. From 1992 to 1997, Florida went to New Orleans four times, compiling a record of 2-2. None of those appearances was as sweet as the 1997 edition, which resulted in the Gators’ first national championship. It didn’t hurt that it came after a thrashing of the rival Florida State Seminoles.

Since that wonderfully amazing day in 1997, Florida only made two more appearances in the Sugar Bowl. The Ron Zook years and some struggling times at the end of the Urban Meyer era and the beginning of the Will Muschamp one contributed to that. In 2001, it was a loss to the Miami Hurricanes in New Orleans that put an end to the season. In 2010, it was a beat down of the Cincinnati Bearcats and the end of Tim Tebow’s Florida career. Just three seasons later, the Gators are back and surprisingly so.

The 11-1 Gators will face an unfamiliar foe–the 10-2 Louisville Cardinals–with a familiar head coach–former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong. Strong has done exactly what Louisville hired him to–win. After back-to-back 7-6 seasons, he led the Cardinals to the Big East title and a BCS bowl game appearance in his third year. Strong will coach the Cardinals in their first-ever Sugar Bowl appearance not long after turning down a job opportunity with the Tennessee Volunteers to stay at Louisville and continue to build on the success he is now realizing.

Muschamp has also done exactly what his employer hired him to do. After a disappointing 7-6 season in 2011 during which Muschamp was given an incomplete roster and not a lot to work with, he has risen the Gators back to prominence in the SEC and across the country. The fact that Florida is playing in the Sugar Bowl in only his second season is a testament to that. He’s led the Gators there despite a new offensive coordinator–Brent Pease–and struggles on that side of the ball. Much of the thanks can go to what is becoming an elite defense and a team with more endurance than any of its opponents.

On Wednesday, two fairly inexperienced, but quickly successful head coaches face off in one of the biggest games of the bowl season. One has a chance to win its 11th game of the season, while the other has a legitimate shot at finishing as the nation’s No. 2 team. Not surprising for one, but downright shocking for the other. We’re over most of that shock now. After all, we’ve been through 12 games with this Florida Gators’ team. We’ve seen the highs and the lows. We’ve experienced the good and the bad. With one game remaining, we hope for the glory of a Sugar Bowl victory and a 12th win.

Wednesday night marks the end to the 2012 season of the Gators. After the final second ticks away, we go into hibernation for the long haul, so cheer loud, get behind the orange and blue and, as always, Go Gators!

Urban Meyer Resigns…Again

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If it seems that we were at this same point not too long ago, it’s because we were.  Less than one year ago actually.  Urban Meyer resigned last December saying the toll on his health was too much and he needed to step away from the pressures of running a powerhouse program.  Now Florida is in the same situation and it’s probably for good.  Meyer has resigned. Resigning for a second time in less than a calendar year makes it seem as if it’s the real thing this time around, not for just a day or two.  Meyer is gone and someone new will be on the sidelines when the Gators open their season in 2011, someone heading up plenty of talent, but also someone that needs to provide the answers to oh so many questions.
The first reaction from Florida fans has to be disappointment.  At least it was from this Gator supporter.  We’re fresh off of a number of press conferences in which Meyer stated how committed he was to turning around the program after a disappointing 7-5 season.  He was going to focus on recruiting and rebuilding an offense that had gone stagnant.  Meyer would be there to get the ship headed in the right direction and get back to a championship level of football.  Not so fast.  Not long after making those statements, he’s gone.  Resigned.  Retired.  Quit.  Call it what you want.  Feel how you want about it.  The man is no longer the head football coach at the University of Florida.
If Meyer’s health is a factor, I’m not alone in wishing him well.  He deserves to make the decisions that are best for him and his family.  All of us do.  But if there’s another reason, I’m not sure Florida fans want to hear it.  We want to believe that he realized he’s just not in it 100% and with last year’s health scare now was the best time for him to step away and let the program rebuild itself.  Even so some will be shaken at the thought that rebuilding will happen without the man who produced two National Championships in his first four years with the program, while others are excited at the thought of a fresh start after an undesirable season in many aspects.
Besides his health and over commitment though, what could it be?  There are rumors about the Denver Broncos’ job.  It’s available and they have a backup quarterback by the name of Tim Tebow.  I can’t say I believe Meyer will be in Denver for the 2011 NFL season – he never seemed like the type that would make that move especially in such an abrupt manner – but these types of things have happened before.  Does anyone remember Nick Saban?  (That yell you just heard was Gator fans cursing me for having the gall to compare Meyer to Saban.)  It may seem highly unlikely and most of us wouldn’t want to believe it, but you just never really know.  First guess is that Meyer can’t commit to what is truly needed to run a program like Florida when even just last week he thought he could.  He had a change of heart (no play on words intended), even if that change feels like a stomach punch at the moment.
It’s hard to imagine and many don’t want to believe it, but not everyone is cut out to be Bobby Bowden or Joe Paterno.  Some aren’t even cut out to be Steve Spurrier.  There are those who can only do it for so long.  Even Bowden and Paterno had the support they needed over the years increase dramatically as time went on.  Meyer may be one of those that was good at what he did, but never truly loved it.  Or, on the other side of the coin, he loved it too much.  Some live by the philosophy that if you can’t devote your all to it, then don’t do it at all.  This may be true of Meyer.  He’s a dedicated family man by all accounts and that is more important to him than his job.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  It’s his choice to make and he’s made it.  Most of us would do the same.  To that I wish him the best and hope he can get out of life exactly what he wants from it.  His run was a great one which we won’t soon forget.
But at the moment, it’s painful.  It’s painful for many reasons.  As mentioned earlier, he won’t be there to rebuild.  2010 isn’t the ideal season to go out on.  For Gator fans, we’ve been through similar situations with Meyer and Billy Donovan and aren’t sure what to think.  Is Meyer really out?  Will we be hearing different tomorrow?  As I said, my guess is no.  This is it for Meyer at Florida, but we have seen the switch happen before.  And finally, who’s next.  If Meyer is leaving for health reasons and to be with his family, we want to think about that and not immediately turn our attention to the next in line, but as fans we can’t help it.  Our passion for our team pushes us forward.  We want to know who the next Gator head coach will be.  You want to start planning the future.  Bob StoopsDan MullenCharlie StrongChris PetersenGene Chizik?  It’s anyone’s guess, but with the timing on Meyer’s announcement, there can be no waiting.  Meyer is out and the next guy can’t be far behind.

Morning Reading: The Collision Course

There are two reasons to follow what Louisville does during the upcoming season.  1) They are one of USF’s primary rivals in the Big East and appear poised to reclaim a top spot in the conference within the next few years.  And 2) Charlie Strong finally got a head coaching gig and is already bringing a new attitude to the Cardinals.
As a Florida fan, I wish Strong nothing but the best and hope he has numerous Big East titles and BCS bowl game appearances in his future.  As a USF fan, I am scared of what he brings to the Cardinals and of what that means for the Bulls’ chances of moving up the conference ranks in the near future.
Louisville is one of those schools that had its big moments in recent years only to take a step back in the last couple.  With the hiring of Strong, they appear ready to move up the ranks again.  Many were calling for Strong to get a head coaching job for years now, but seemed like he kept getting passed over regardless of how well he did with the Gators.  Now his time has come.
To keep up on Louisville and Strong’s first year with the program, head over to The Collision Course on a regular basis.  Not only will you get the latest on the Cardinals and their new head coach, but Mark Ennis provides great detail about the program.  It’s a good read for both the Florida and USF fans out there.

The Long Snapper (2/13/10)

Texas to the Pac-10?  Sometimes I think I have some crazy ideas that would likely get me committed were I to voice them to the world.  But then other times, I think I’m the sanest person around.  This is one of those times.  The Big 10 is rumored to be courting the Longhorns to become their twelfth team.  Go ahead and write it down: NEVER GONNA HAPPEN.  So in response, some are saying the Pac-10 should go hard after Texas for its own expansion.  Now say it out loud: NEVER GONNA HAPPEN.  Never is a strong world, but why would the Longhorns leave?  What’s the benefit?  Texas is more than financially stable and is having more than moderate success in numerous sports.  Court all you want other conferences, don’t expect to see any conference not named the Big 12 associated with the Longhorns anytime soon.
Charlie Strong – the head coach of TBG’s latest adopted team – has completed his staff at Louisville with the hiring of a French pastry chef linebackers coach Brian Jean-MaryJean-Mary comes to the Cardinals from Georgia Tech where he coaches LBs for the last five years.  USF association aside, it’ll be very hard to not cheer for Strong at Louisville.  At least there are 11 games each year I can be a Cardinal supporter for.
Florida gets a head start on the 2011 recruiting cycle by hosting the first junior day today.  Juniors get a chance to see what life would be like at Florida.  They’ll get to see the football facilities and meet a number of the coaches and players.  Great way to get some of the better prospects in the state (and a few out-of-staters too) to keep the Gators in mind.  Looking back at the way Florida picked up commitments during the last cycle, it’s easy to imagine the Gators will increase the size of their 2011 recruiting class before even the Orange and Blue Game rolls around.
Ever wonder what happened to Ray Ray McElrathbey – the Clemson player who got custody of his younger brother due to their mother’s drug problems?  Here’s a great read detailing the struggles he has faced since leaving the Tigers.  Unfortunately the athletic side of grad school hasn’t worked out one bit for McElrathbey and in a football sense, the story doesn’t have a happy ending.  Hopefully life has a better outcome ahead for McElrathbey and his family.  Educationally, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders.
And finally, a little more on what new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will be working with at Florida from Dr. Saturday because it’s, uh, Saturday and you should be reading him regularly anyway.

Teryl Austin Named Florida Gators’ Defensive Coordinator

Florida has named the new defensive coordinator for the second time in as many months and this one comes to the Gators via the NFL as well.  Teryl Austin was last seen coaching the Arizona Cardinals’ secondary and will now join the Florida coaching staff.
Austin played in the defensive backfield for Pittsburgh before getting into coaching.  His coaching resume includes collegiate stints at Penn State, Wake Forest, Syracuse, and Michigan.  After coaching DBs in his final three stops at the college level, Austin spent four years in the same capacity with the Seattle Seahawks.  He left the Seahawks to become the Cardinals’ DB coach in 2007 where he remained until getting the defensive coordinator job at Florida this week.
Austin has had his part in coaching some big names over the years, including Donovan Darius, Will Allen, Marlin Jackson, Ken Hamlin, and Antrel Rolle.  He has twice appeared in the Super Bowl and has led up some of the NFL’s best ball-hawking secondaries.
Familiarity was the key selling point for Austin as he had coached with both Steve Addazio and Scot Loeffler before.  At Florida, he inherits a talent-rich defense that should do their part in making him look very good for years to come.  With the numbers of stars increasing with each recruiting cycle, it almost seems like the defense can run itself.  Of course, Charlie Strong would have something to say about that.  And no, I don’t believe it to actually be true.  Just pointing out that it would be a treat to coach this group of players.  So far, Austin appears to fit the mold of the type of coach Urban Meyer wants at Florida.  Let’s just hope he lasts longer than the last defensive coordinator.

Gators Looking for a Defensive Coordinator Again

Nearly two months ago, I put together a brief piece on possible defensive coordinator candidates for Florida.  It was extremely brief because I only focused on the current defensive assistants already on the staff.  This time around – thanks to George Edwards’ departure for the NFL – that list may be even smaller.  Vance Bedford has since followed Charlie Strong and is now the defensive coordinator at Louisville and new linebackers coach D.J. Durkin may need a few more years before being considered for coordinator openings.  So from an internal perspective, that leaves us with…
Chuck Heater (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties) – What I said then: “Heater may have the advantage since he currently holds the role of assistant defensive coordinator.  He also has been a coordinator before, spending two years in the role at Colorado State in the early 90s.  As the Gators’ recruiting coordinator from 2005 to 2007, Heater has been tasked with bringing in top talent to Florida.  Like Bedford, take one look at the current safeties on the roster and those committed to come to Florida in 2010 and you can clearly see how impressed kids are with Heater.  Being able to keep the safety rotation as strong as it has been the past couple of years was no easy task, but Heater made it look so.” What I think now: I’d imagine Heater would have a natural progression to drop “co” from his title. At the time Florida was first looking, he was merely the assistant coordinator.  Heater received the co-coordinator title when Edwards was hired and it seems logical he could have a leg up on the other candidates.
Dan McCarney (Assistant Head Coach, Defense/Defensive Line) – What I said then: “McCarney has the most high-level experience of the group.  He was the head coach at Iowa State from 1995 to 2006.  Before that, he was the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin for five years.  Before coming to Florida in 2008, McCarney led the defensive line at USF.  He’s overseen one of the best units in the nation in the Gators’ defensive line over the last two seasons.  With the level of experience he’s had over his entire career, McCarney might hold a slight advantage over the other two.” What I think now: McCarney’s advantage has probably moved to Heater given the latter’s new title.  Add to that speculation that McCarney didn’t want the job when Florida was looking after Strong left and McCarney may be comfortable staying where he is.
As for looking outside of the program, many believe if Urban Meyer was looking toward the NFL once, he will look again.  And why not?  Then again, with how quick Edwards went back to the pro ranks, Florida may stay within the college level this time around.  Of course, apparently interim head coach Steve Addazio is leading the search and who knows which direction he’s taking it.
But here’s an interesting side note: per regulations, at least two minorities must be on a coaching staff.  I had no idea of this rule until very recently (a few minutes ago to be honest with you), but it comes into play here.  Basically if either Heater or McCarney were to be promoted to sole defensive coordinator, someone else would have to be hired for another role.  So that puts a twist into.  Not a bad one at all mind you, but just a twist that must be taken into account.  With only three defensive assistants on the staff at the moment, hiring another coach despite promoting from within might be a good idea anyway.
Outside of the program, names like Bud Foster and Tyrone Nix already came up before, so don’t expect them to come up again.  It might just seem like flat out begging at this point if the Gators were to go back to either of them, and if they said no once it would be surprising for them to do a 180 and say yes only a month later.
I’m still for staying in-house if possible, especially after being jilted on the external hire.  But if Florida does go external, who do they go to?  This time of year most would be pretty comfortable where they are.  Of course, money and prestige talk.  And the money coordinators in the SEC are getting these days is not bad at all.

The Long Snapper (1/27/10)

In the news which isn’t really news by any means department, former USF head coach and locker room enforcement supervisor Jim Leavitt has said he will coach again.  You mean he’s not going to call it a career after being ousted by the program he helped create after he attacked one of his players?  It was pretty (and painfully) obvious Leavitt would resurface eventually.  Whether it be this season or next, Leavitt will be back among the coaching ranks.  There were rumors he would end up with Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, but now Leavitt may have his sights set on the NFL.  Good luck getting into the face of a millionaire athlete at the professional level Jim.  Let us know how that goes.
The shining star in USF’s recruiting class – Manatee’s (Bradenton, FL) Brion Carnes – could be looking at all of his options as signing day approaches.  Throughout his recruitment, Carnes has reconfirmed his commitment to the Bulls several times, but now it’s crunch time and he may be uncertain.  A certain former Manatee star that played college football at Nebraska and made a quite name for himself has some pull with Carnes.  That player also just happens to be Carnes’ cousin.  When you think about what Tommie Frazier did with the Cornhuskers and now that program wants you, well, at the very least you listen.  Carnes will take his final visit to Western Kentucky and lists the Hilltoppers as one of his final favorites, but you have to think it will come to Nebraska or USF in the end.
The Tim Tebow Senior Bowl parade continues as the quarterback met with a number of teams while battling a case of strep throat or not strep throat depending on who you want to believe.  One of the more intriguing meetings came when Tebow sat down with former Notre Dame head coach and current Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.  Talk about a place where I’d like to be a fly on the wall.  Would love to hear Tebow’s thoughts of Weis and vice versa.  Good to see Weis back where he belongs.  As an assistant.
One week from today is National Signing Day.  Hopefully that means everyone will be inked up to their school of choice and we won’t get the Terrelle Pryors and Bryce Browns of the world that extend the process out further.  Signing Day is a diehard’s Christmas.  For the most part, schools have locked up the bulk of their recruiting classes, but there are always some surprises.  Last year, Florida pulled in Josh Evans and Jelani Jenkins on Signing Day.  In 2008, it was T.J. Lawrence and David Young.  With commitments coming earlier and earlier every year, it’s not the marquee day it once was, but it still holds its own.
A look at recruiting and the effects of the process on Todd Chandler.  Chandler – a defensive tackle from Miami Northwestern – dreamed of playing for Miami and went as far as committing to the Hurricanes while he was a junior in high school.  As the process went on, the positive feelings from Miami went away.  Chandler decided USF would be a better fit until Leavitt was shown the door.  Now, with a week left, Chandler is open to where he ends up.  A familiar friend – Charlie Strong – could have positioned Louisville at the top of his list though.  Just another reminder that this is really all a business.