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Florida Gators coaching staff under Will Muschamp coming together

TAMPA — Incoming Florida coach Will Muschamp has solidified several staff positions.

Former Notre Dame coach and current Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will be named offensive coordinator on Monday. He will remain with the Chiefs for the playoffs but be allowed to call recruits.

Ex-Gator receiver Aubrey Hill, currently the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Miami, will be the receivers coach. Current running backs coach Stan Drayton and linebackers/special teams coach D.J. Durkin are expected to remain on the staff.

Muschamp said during his introductory news conference on Dec. 14 that he would not officially announce his staff until after the Outback Bowl.

Out of respect for current coach Urban Meyer, he declined interviews and remained in Austin, Texas, for much of last week. Texas' former defensive coordinator attended Saturday's game but was not on the sideline.

Meanwhile, current co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chuck Heater is in discussions to become the defensive coordinator for Steve Addazio, Florida's former offensive coordinator and Temple's new coach.

RECORD DAY: Lost amid the hubbub of Penn State driving for the go-ahead score late was senior TB Evan Royster's milestone.

Three plays before S Ahmad Black's interception return for a touchdown sealed the outcome, Royster took a handoff on third and 4 near midfield and ran 23 yards, sealing his third 1,000-yard season. No other Nittany Lion has done that.

"It will mean something a little later on, but it would've been better to get a win," said Royster, who exits as Penn State's all-time rusher (3,932 yards). "I wouldn't have cared as long as we would've won the game."

JOE PA Audible?: At the outset of his postgame news conference, when Penn State coach Joe Paterno was asked if he had considered replacing QB Matt McGloin (five interceptions) at any point, the 84-year-old said, "McGloin was doing pretty well."

Moments later, when reminded of that statement by another reporter, Paterno denied it.

"I didn't say that at all. I said I wouldn't blame him much (for the loss)," he said.

"You ought to check your hearing."

The media throng roared.

STAYING THE COURSE: With Meyer's resignation and the hiring of Muschamp, there has been talk about if some players will choose to move on. Freshman CB Cody Riggs said as far as he can tell, the talk is unwarranted.

"A lot of the young guys are happy right now," he said. "Not happy to see Coach Meyer leave; we're sad to see Coach Meyer leave. But we're excited to see Florida bring in such a great head coach. We're just excited for the future."

And Riggs knows about losing coaches.

"None of the coaches that recruited me are here," he said.

They include former defensive coordinator Charlie Strong (now Louisville's coach), former cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford (Louisville's defensive coordinator) former receivers coach Billy Gonzales (LSU's receivers coach).

"I just met a new coaching staff, and now they're gone," Riggs said. "Now I'm having to meet another one. But it wouldn't make any sense for me to leave. And none of the young guys I've talked to are talking about leaving."

Florida Gators coaching staff under Will Muschamp coming together 01/01/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 2, 2011 12:54am]
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