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Dan McCarney says he has no plans to take over as defensive coordinator



Florida's search for a new defensive coordinator won't include current defensive line coach Dan McCarney.

McCarney said while he'll provide input with UF coach Urban Meyer and interim coach Steve Addazio in the search, he's not interested in taking over the job vacated by Charlie Strong who is the new Louisville head coach.

"Right now I’m not planning on doing that,’’ McCarney said. “We’re going to work through this thing. Honestly, the focus right now, and thank God Charlie is with us because with him being with us the focus right now is trying to win this football game Friday night. And we don’t have to worry about that (defensive coordinator) right now. I’ve done it before and I (already) have a lot of responsibility as assistant head coach on defense. Whatever happens, we’ll have a real good defensive staff again, I promise you.’’

McCarney was a head coach for 11 years at Iowa State and has been with the Gators for the past two seasons.

Meyer said last week he's spoken to several coaches about the vacant position, but that was before he announced he's taking an indefinite leave of absence. Several analysts said the uncertainty of Meyer's situation - when and if he'll return - complicates the hiring of other coaches.

At this point it's even unclear who will have the final decision on the hiring.

"There are a lot of details that still have to be worked out,'' Addazio said. "Buit right now we've got to keep our focus on this game, and that's what's important.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:33pm]


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