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Florida Gators lose Dan Quinn to NFL's Seahawks, promote D.J. Durkin

GAINESVILLE — In about a 20-minute span Thursday, Florida lost one defensive coordinator and gained a new one.

The Gators' Dan Quinn was hired as defensive coordinator for the NFL's Seahawks, replacing Gus Bradley, who was hired as head coach of the Jaguars.

Florida linebackers/special teams coach D.J. Durkin replaces Quinn and will continue to coach linebackers.

Durkin, 35, heads into his fourth season at UF, remaining on coach Will Muschamp's staff after Urban Meyer resigned at the end of 2010. Durkin becomes the Gators' fourth defensive coordinator in the past five years.

"D.J. and I will run the defense, continuing the way that Dan and I did for the past two years," said Muschamp, who has helped coach the secondary in his two seasons at UF. "We will look to add another coach that is the best fit for our staff moving forward."

The move by Quinn, 42, was not completely unexpected. He joined the Gators in 2011 after spending two seasons as the defensive line coach with the Seahawks. Under Quinn the Florida defense ranked eighth in Division I-A in total defense in 2011 and was No. 5 this past season.

"I'm happy for Dan and this opportunity," Muschamp said. "I've said before that I always encourage my staff, when opportunities arise, to take the next step in their career. Dan's background is in the NFL, and this is a great chance to go back to a place he's familiar with."

Ex-Gator off to N.C. State: Former Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett has enrolled at North Carolina State and joins new coach Dave Doeren. Brissett, who lost the quarterback derby to Jeff Driskel at UF and transferred after the season, will sit out 2013 and have two years of eligibility remaining.

Gator RELEASED from Jail: Florida redshirt freshman Jessamen Dunker was released from the Alachua County Jail after his arrest Wednesday on charges of driving with a suspended license and grand theft of a motor vehicle, a third-degree felony. The offensive lineman was pulled over on campus for riding on a scooter without a motor vehicle tag. After police checked, it was determined the scooter had been reported stolen. Dunker's attorney, Huntley Johnson, said Dunker denies he stole the scooter, that it was purchased.

Mississippi: Crete (Ill.) Monee High's Laquon Treadwell, rated by Rivals as the No. 1 receiver in the nation, orally committed. He chose Rebels over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

N.C. State: Cornerback David Amerson is skipping his final season to enter the NFL draft, according to his mother, Tawanna Taylor.

Southern Cal: Former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast was hired as the new defensive coordinator, ESPN reported. Pentergast was an assistant at USC in 1992.

Wisconsin: A fourth person has been charged in an attack on running back Montee Ball during the summer. An arrest warrant has been issued for Karlis Griffin, 27, who is charged with substantial battery after a criminal complaint said he stomped on Ball's head.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Florida Gators lose Dan Quinn to NFL's Seahawks, promote D.J. Durkin 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:48pm]
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