With the departure of Miami wide receivers coach George McDonald to Arkansas, head coach Al Golden has begun the search for a replacement. Among the list of candidates is ex-Auburn wide receivers coach, Trooper Taylor.
For those of you not familiar with Taylor, he is the former assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Auburn (2009-11). Following Gene Chizik’s firing, new Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn did not retain Taylor among his new staff.
Taylor graduated from Baylor University where he played defensive back (1988-91) and would later serve as a graduate assistant (1992-97). He has coached mostly in the SEC and Big 12 for teams like Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Auburn.
Taylor was known as a successful recruiter and during his time at Auburn he brought in one of the most highly rated classes in 2011 (No. 4 per ESPN). However, Taylor came under scrutiny when he was accused of recruiting violations. Along with Auburn running backs coach Chris Luper, the two were allegedly removed from recruiting roles for a minimal period of time.
Granted, Taylor is capable of landing the big fish but is the reward really worth it? He would be able to lock down South Florida, the question is: Is Golden willing to take a risk on Taylor? Miami is currently under an intense NCAA investigation and cannot afford further violations, especially with recruiting. Perhaps it is in Golden’s best interest to look elsewhere, possibly the NFL for McDonald’s replacement.