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No personal goodbyes between Gators and their coaches



Thank goodness for social media.

If not for Twitter, who knows when some of Florida's players might have discovered they had lost their offensive coordinator?

Florida sophomore WR Andre Debose said today that he found out former Gator offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was leaving the program through his Twitter account.

"Coach Weis, I had no clue,'' Debose said following Tuesday afternoon's practice. "Actually I think I was on Twitter and I was like, Coach Weis is gone? It was just like a shock.''

Several Gators expressed varying emotions about the loss of Weis and longtime strength and conditioning coordinator Mickey Marotti - who left the program to join close friend Urban Meyer at Ohio State. Some said the loss of Marotti may have been more devastating than Meyer's resignation.

"That was big for us because not only was he a good coach, he was like a father to some players,'' S Josh Evans said. "That was a big loss because we came in here, and he was basically who everybody knew coming in as the strength coach.''

Evans and Debose each said they understood the coaches' decisions to leave, and wished them well, but acknowledged that some other players have different thoughts on the subject. At least Marotti took a moment to inform the players of his decision himself, even if it wasn't face-to-face.

"Personally, he didn't,'' Evans said. "The coach (Will Muschamp) let us know the day he was leaving, and that was pretty much how that went.''

Added Debose: "Coach Marotti kind of left, really. I didn’t get to say too much to him. He gave us all like a text, just saying his goodbyes, wishing everybody good luck and telling us to work hard for whoever comes in.''

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 4:28pm]


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