Muschamp hires two including OC Charlie Weis

By Adam Silverstein
January 3, 2011

One day after announcing that he retained three assistant coaches and hired two others, new Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp officially named Charlie Weis his offensive coordinator and Frank Verducci his offensive line/running game coordinator.

“Charlie was a perfect fit for what I was looking for in an offensive coordinator,” Muschamp said. “He has both college and pro experience and has been a play-caller in the NFL. He has four Super Bowl rings and his accomplishments and his ability to develop quarterbacks speak for themselves.’’

As expected, Weis will remain in the same role with his current employer, the Kansas City Chiefs, through their NFL Playoffs run. He will also coach quarterbacks at UF.

“We hope the Chiefs make a run to the Super Bowl – it would be great for the Chiefs and great for the Gators,’’ Muschamp added. “Everyone involved with the Kansas City organization has been first class about the transition.”

Weis was excited about his new job and chance to coach alongside his son. “To go to a program like Florida and be able to be around my kid at the same time … is almost a dream,” he said Sunday evening.

Verducci is a 28-year coaching veteran who spent 19 seasons in college (at Colorado State, Maryland, Northern Illinois, Northwestern and Iowa) before working eight of 10 years in the NFL (with Cincinnati, Dallas, Buffalo and Cleveland) prior to returning to the NCAA with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish under Weis in 2009.

“Frank will bring a sense of toughness and a physical style of play from our offensive line,” said Muschamp in a team-released statement. “It is important that the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator work closely together and always be on the same page. Charlie and Frank had that together at Notre Dame in 2009 and they will have a cohesive plan for the Gators.”

Florida also announced the hiring of a new assistant athletic director for football operations in George Wynn, a former teammate of Muschamp’s at Georgia who has held the same position for the last six years with the Texas Longhorns.

“George and I played college football together and I’ve known him for close to 20 years,” Muschamp said. “George has a unique combination of administrative, compliance and football experience. He will work hand in hand with our various departments to help run the day-to-day operations of the football department and has always had great relationships with the student-athletes.”

The Gators are still looking to hire a defensive coordinator and defensive line coach and have two coaching positions available (NCAA limit: nine assistants).

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*McCarney was also assistant head coach; Heater held the role of co-defensive coordinator. Muschamp has not named an assistant (or associate) head coach as of press time.

Photo Credit: Bill Haber/Associated Press

7 Comments

  1. Jesse C says:

    Although I am disappointed about losing Heater, I really like how this staff is coming together. Looks like an NFL coaching staff with a good mix of young and long-tenured coaches. I think once these guys start hitting the recruiting trail this week, we will pull together a great class for NSD… I don’t know how a recruit could pass up the opportunity to learn from these guys for a chance at the next level. I am excited to see who we get for DC and DL coach.

    Ending the season with a W was a plus and should make for a very positive off-season and Spring. I like our chances next year already.Go Gators!

  2. npgator says:

    I am loving this new staff and their emphasis on
    toughness!

  3. GatorCooken says:

    “It is important that the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator work closely together and always be on the same page.” We Gators tried a new concept the past two years- making the OC and OL coach the same guy! We saw how great that worked out… Kidding aside, excited about the hires, obviously we’re all wondering about DC, but lets not forget that Muschamp is a great DC himself, so not too worried. A little dismayed that Heater wasn’t retained, especially with our secondary success in the NFL. There’s always turnover though and I wish him well in the future. He’ll be a great DC if he ends up becoming one at his next destination.
    Boom! Go Muschamp!

  4. Joe says:

    So if Quinn is DC/DL (per Dooley) that leaves one more opening. Smart to UF?

  5. Lauren says:

    Anyone know what we’re paying Charlie? Interested to see…

  6. Jesse C says:

    I heard Charlie might be getting a cool million per
    year.

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