Temple's hiring of Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to be the Owls' new head football coach has produced plenty of reaction from the Gators' rabid fan base and the rest of college football. Here's a sampling of what's out there:
ESPN's Trevor Matich went on "SportsCenter" late in the morning on Tuesday to discuss the hire with host Kevin Negandhi - a Temple alum who makes no secret on air of his rooting allegiance.
GatorCountry.com spoke with a few high school players whom Collins has recruited to Gainesville for future seasons.
Defensive end LaBryan Ray said Collins "recruited me hard and you could tell he cared about players. I fully understand why he took the job at Temple."
Defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells added: "I love that man point blank period. He brings high energy to the table and is a super good coach."
(For the record, they both also said they're still going to Florida.)
As for the current Gators program, the Orlando Sentinel reported that head coach Jim McElwain prasied Temple as "a place that's really done a great job," and Collins as "a guy that's meant a lot to us."
It wasn't entirely surprising to McElwain and others in Gainesville that Collins took the opportunity to become a head coach. Collins was a candidate for some openings last year, and turned that into a $300,000 raise from the Gators.
McElwain was asked last week by reporters for his opinion on Collins' head coach potential, and offered nothing but praise.
"The guy's a heck of a coach," McElwain said, according to the Sentinel. "They're going to get a guy that motivates players, a guy that really understands the game and understands both sides of the ball, not just the defensive side. "A relentless, competitive recruiter, and a guy that's now been around at some places to see how he can establish his own kind of way of doing things."