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Florida Gators hire NFL Cardinals' Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator

GAINESVILLE — Florida's second search in two months for a new defensive coordinator ended with the hiring of Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach Teryl Austin, the school announced Friday.

He replaces George Edwards, who joined the staff in January from the Miami Dolphins, then resigned less than a month later to become defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.

Gators coach Urban Meyer is well-known for hiring coaches with whom he has had a previous relationship. While Meyer and Austin haven't worked together, Austin, 44, has coached with UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio at Syracuse and with quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler at Michigan.

"I am pleased to have Teryl join our staff," said Meyer, who is currently on a leave of absence. "… He also comes highly recommended from my close friend Bill Davis, the defensive coordinator of the Cardinals. It was also important that we hire a coach who is a great teacher, a great mentor and has the ability to be a great recruiter. Coach Austin has all of those qualities and beyond that is a good family man."

Austin, a three-year starter at Pittsburgh (1984-87), has 19 years of coaching experience, including 12 at the collegiate level, and the past seven with the Cardinals (2007-09) and Seahawks (2003-06). Austin helped lead Seattle and Arizona to the Super Bowl as NFC champions.

Florida Gators hire NFL Cardinals' Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 10:50pm]
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