Muschamp could have coaches hired by Tuesday

By Adam Silverstein
December 29, 2010

Speaking with the media on Wednesday as the Florida Gators prepare for the 2011 Outback Bowl against the Penn State Nittany Lions set for Sat., Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., athletic director Jeremy Foley said that he expects new head coach Will Muschamp to have most of his staff in place by Tues., Jan. 4.

“Some pieces are falling into place; still, there’s other pieces that have to fall into place,” Foley said, according to the Palm Beach Post. “He’s making a lot of good progress there and will be in position next week to hit the ground running and go recruit.

“January 4th you have to hit the ground recruiting, so I’m not going to say the whole staff will be in place by then, but we’ve got to have some coaches on the road. We will have some coaches on the road. I think things get really, really hectic the first part of next week.”

As of press time, director of strength and conditioning Mickey Marotti is the only confirmed member of Muschamp’s staff. It is a widely held belief that he will retain a few of the Gators’ current coaches though most hires will be from outside the program.

Because Muschamp has decided to consult head coach Urban Meyer on a number of matters, he will likely receive strong endorsements for some current assistants.

“He’s certainly respectful of the fact that this is Urban’s last deal,” Foley said, according to the University of Florida. “He’s not going to be in the forefront. We probably talk every day. He’s, trust me, rocking and rolling hard putting a staff together. Every time I talk to him, I know he’s chomping at the bit to get to Gainesville and get going recruiting and get this thing rolling.

“I know people are wondering why we haven’t announced this or announced that. It’s because that’s part of the plan. You wait until football seasons are over, individual teams are done playing and then you can start figuring out what are the final pieces of this puzzle.”

DEPARTING COACHES
Offensive coordinator/offensive line Steve Addazio » Named Temple head coach
Assistant head coach/defensive line Dan McCarney » Named North Texas head coach
Defensive coordinator/cornerbacks Teryl Austin » Does not anticipate being retained

REMAINING COACHES
Co-defensive coordinator/safeties Chuck Heater
Running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton
Quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler
Wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni
Tight ends/fullbacks coach Brian White
Linebackers/special teams coach D.J. Durkin

Photo Credit: Erica Brough/Gainesville Sun

13 Comments

  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Oh please god let it be true.

  2. Tim says:

    Makes sense….NFL and College Football seasons end (generally speaking) next weekend.

  3. Aligator says:

    I am sure that he has it just about set and he may keep a bunch of these guys and be ready to roll on Monday. i got a feeling that if he is talking to Meyer, he may bring in someone who can coach the spread … see ya later john Brantley …

  4. GG says:

    They say the DC will be Dan Quinn, DL coach for Seattle. Huh??

  5. Swift_Tech says:

    I say willis as our DC and Borges as the OC, keep austin to
    coach the secondary, carter for the backs. Scot, white, and durkin
    send them packing

  6. Gatorfan316 says:

    I highly doubt he brings someone in to run the spread after
    telling everyone (players included) that he intends to run a pro
    style offense. My issue is that I am not so sure I like that he is
    keeping Loeffler as QB coach. Tebow looked not so good in his year
    under Loeffler and Brantley looked bad last year.

  7. Gatorgrad79 says:

    I doubt he would bring in a OL coach os OC – we tried that
    experiment and no doubt Foley has had a bellyful of the results. I
    know it will be WM’s choice, but Foley’s hand will not be
    completely of the wheel. Need a proven OC…

  8. JW says:

    Rowan Atkinson is my vote for offensive coordinator. That guy is creative!!

  9. Go gators says:

    It would be great if Kirby Smart was named DC. But doesn’t look possible at this point..The only guys I wish we would retain is Drayton and Heater

  10. RSH says:

    Don’t know why he wouldn’t make a run at Randy Shannon for DC… Not a great Head Coacgh, but a strong DC. And, we’d have the inside track to all those recruits in South Florida!

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