With Gators' head coach Urban Meyer stepping down after Saturday's Outback Bowl versus Penn State, this developing story could come to a conclusion very quickly.
A source told Warpaint Illustrated.com late Friday afternoon that the university would not make an official statement on Weis or any other potential coaching candidates until the conclusion of their bowl game.
But our source did confirm that the Chiefs were one of eight NFL teams that gave Florida permission to speak to Weis and other potential candidates around the league about vacancies on their coaching staff.
So will Weis take the job? And is there more to this story that would entice Weis to take a lateral career move?
What we do know is that Meyer's successor will be former University of Texas defensive coordinator Will Mushcamp. With his defensive background, it's clear that Florida's offense could use a man of Weis's talents. And just maybe Florida officials have told Weis that, should Muschamp fail, he'd be in line to succeed him in two or three seasons.
There is no doubt that Weis's tenure at Notre Dame wasn't a good one. So it's easy to assume that he'd like another crack at the college level. But then again, he's walking away from a team that has a legitimate shot to make a run to the AFC Championship game.
But either way you look at it, the timing of the news is potentially troubling for Kansas City. Last Sunday the Chiefs clinched their first AFC West title since 2003. Next weekend they'll host an AFC Playoff game at Arrowhead against the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens or Pittsburgh Steelers.
Former Chiefs offensive coordinator Paul Hackett accepted the USC Head Coaching job prior to the start of the Chiefs playoff game against Denver in 1997.
If Weis does indeed accept the Florida job on Monday (as some believe he will), it could have an effect on the Chiefs preparations for the postseason. Unfortunately, the Chiefs have been in this position before.
Back in January of 1997 as the team was preparing to face the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead, then Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Paul Hackett was hired as the head coach at USC.
As you remember, the Chiefs lost that home playoff game 14-10. There was talk in the two weeks leading up to the Broncos game that Hackett spent far too much time working on USC matters. The banter back then was that he spent much of his time talking to recruits instead of fine-tuning the Chiefs' offensive game plan.
And as dismal as the offensive was that day against the Broncos, some in the organization weren't happy with Hackett.
But its doubtful history will repeat itself because I can't see Weis, no matter of his relationship with Haley, doing anything to thwart the Chiefs' chances for success in the playoffs. If he did, then its highly unlikely he'd ever work in the NFL again.
And of course, the University of Florida wants a quick answer from Weis because the recruiting flood gates open on January 14th and universities will have roughly 16 days to secure verbal commitments before those doors close.
So what if Weis does take the Florida job? What happens next?
Well, Haley is going to have to find a successor. And should the Chiefs indeed make a long playoff run, his options may be limited.
If Haley stays in-house to find Weis's replacement, he'd likely go with Maurice Carthon, the team's assistant head coach. Or they could promote quality control coach Nick Sirianni to offensive coordinator.
Carthon certainly has more experience than the younger Sirianni, but Sirianni doesn't get enough credit for his work with quarterback Matt Cassel. Should Sirianni get the job, then Haley can groom him into the position.
Could Haley and McDaniels work together in Kansas City?
If the Chiefs go outside of the organization, they could settle on former Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels or Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Hiring McDaniels after ‘snub gate' might be problematic or awkward for Haley. However, McDaniels does have a relationship with Cassel, where he served as his quarterbacks' coach at New England beginning in 2004 and two years later became the team's offensive coordinator in 2006.
Bevell has been mentioned in some circles as a potential college head-coaching candidate, but should Vikings owner Ziggy Wolfe choose not to promote interim head coach Leslie Frazier, Bevell could be a hot commodity for another NFL team.
One thing is certain: as long as Weis stays silent, the rumors of his departure from Kansas City will push from the unlikely a week ago to probable well before Sunday's Chiefs finale against Oakland at Arrowhead.
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So if Weis takes the Florida job, what happens next for the Chiefs?