GAINESVILLE -- First Stan Drayton left for Tennessee and now Florida assistant Doc Holliday is bolting for West Virginia. Anyway you spin it, this isn't good news for the Gators.
Holliday's wife, Diana, confirmed on Thursday that Holliday accepted a position at West Virginia. A member of the Gators' secondary also confirmed the news.
Drayton and Holliday were considered the Gators' best recruiters. Drayton leaving for an SEC East Division rival is bad enough, but now Florida coach Urban Meyer must replace Holliday, who has been recruiting South Florida for years.
Every high school football coach in South Florida knows Holliday and considers him one of the best recruiters of the area. Holliday made a name for himself recruiting Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties for West Virginia before leaving the Mountaineers for N.C. State and then Florida. Losing Holliday is a considerable blow for the Gators recruiting efforts in South Florida.