That roster at psu was gutted. Every freakin body left and they were on a bowl ban so nobody wanted to got there. It was a terrible situation and he did pretty solid considering the circumstances. He was pretty solid in the NFL aswell. Won some games with qb's that were complete ass. His biggest hole is like you said with recruiting. Not sure how good of a recruiter he is or how hard he'd work at it and what kind of staff he'd put together. But you can't knock his stint at psu at all.
I'm not backing anybody this time.. I will just wait and see who they hire and see where it goes from there! Plus watch you all slap each other around about who is right and who is wrong Ward go easy on the
Right now I think it's going to be Kiffin for better or for worse. Everybody has been talking Kiffin to LSU but I think Miami is going to go after him. Kiffin likes South Florida. He still owns a home in Boca Ration from where he was th coach at FAU. Although he doesn't have great rapport with the high school coaches in Mississippi Kiffin recruits nationally and recruiting in South Florida is different than in Mississippi. Kiffin knows the layout and the vibe of South Florida.
This is just speculation but I think Stricklin knows if Kiffin lands in Miami then it makes recruiting South Florida harder for whoever the new UF coach is. Stricklin knew he had to act fast to cut Miami (or LSU) off at the pass. Miami is at a disadvantage because they do have a current AD in place to make a new hire.
The only thing I am most sure of is that Kiffin won't be in Oxford, Mississippi next year. I don't think he really likes it there and would bolt at the first chance he gets. He knows that without Matt Corral who has already announced he's foregoing his senior season Ole Miss football is going to go backwards so he knows he has to get out while the gettin' out is good.