Florida Gators football team will wait until after Gator Bowl to hire new offensive coordinator

BEST IN THE SEC: Florida sophomore center Patric Young, shooting over Arizona’s Solomon Hill during Wednesday’s overtime win, is the conference player of the week.

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BEST IN THE SEC: Florida sophomore center Patric Young, shooting over Arizona’s Solomon Hill during Wednesday’s overtime win, is the conference player of the week.

GAINESVILLE — The search for a successor to Charlie Weis is on, but it will be a while before a new Florida offensive coordinator is named. Florida coach Will Muschamp is not expected to make a hire until after the Jan. 2 Gator Bowl.

Florida RB coach Brian White will be interim offensive coordinator and will take over Weis' recruiting area.

"… I think it's unfair to hire a coordinator to come in here in three weeks' time and sit down and get a game plan ready with unfamiliar players," Muschamp said. "Brian's an experienced play-caller, he's a great idea guy, he's been a coordinator before, he's had tremendous success as a coordinator before and a guy I've got tremendous confidence in."

Does Muschamp plan to look toward the future and try to get experience for his younger players? The answer is apparently no.

"We're going to win the game," he said. "We're coaching to win the game. I don't believe in all that."

Muschamp said senior QB John Brantley, who suffered a concussion and missed the second half in a loss to FSU, will start against the Buckeyes, but freshmen Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel could play.

"If they offer us the best opportunity to win, yes," Muschamp said. "But Johnny Brantley is our starting quarterback at this time."

SEC SWEEP: Following his career-high game against Arizona and another impressive outing against Rider, Florida C Patric Young was named SEC player of the week. G Bradley Beal was named SEC freshman of the week, giving the Gators a sweep of the weekly honors.

Young, a sophomore from Jacksonville, averaged 18.5 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 assists, one block and one steal in wins over Arizona and Rider. He made 77.3 percent (17-of-22) of his field goals and had a double double in each contest. He scored a career-high 25 against Arizona, shooting 12-of-15. He also had 10 rebounds. Against Rider on Friday night, Young scored 12 and had 10 rebounds in 28 minutes.

Beal, from St. Louis, averaged 13.5 points, five rebounds, two assists and .5 steals. He had nine points and six rebounds against Arizona and 18 points and four rebounds against Rider.

For the past several years Florida coach Billy Donovan has made a stronger effort to beef up his team's non-conference schedule in the hopes of having a stronger resume when the NCAA Tournament selections are made. Based on this week's AP rankings, Donovan can say his team's opponents ranked among the best in the nation. The Gators have played Syracuse and Ohio State, who sit at No. 1 and 2 in the poll released Monday. The Gators (7-2) lost to the two teams by a combined 11 points.

Interesting note: The Gators went 2-0 last week (albeit one win was over 1-9 Rider) and fell one spot in the polls to No. 13.

VOLLEYBALL FINALE: The No. 17 volleyball team fell one win short of advancing to the NCAA Final Four, losing in four sets (22-25, 25-23, 14-25, 20-25) to No. 3 seed Illinois on Saturday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The Gators finished 27-6 and advanced to the region final for the first time since 2005.

Antonya English can be reached at english@tampabay.com.

Florida Gators football team will wait until after Gator Bowl to hire new offensive coordinator 12/12/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 8:49pm]

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