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Gators' Pease uncertain of status

GAINESVILLE — Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Tuesday he has not been told by coach Will Muschamp that he won't be retained at the end of the season, but if it turns out to be the case, he'll leave with no hard feelings.

At his weekly news conference, Peace answered multiple questions about his job status and performance. At times he seemed optimistic, at others resigned to his fate. Ultimately, he said, he would like to be judged by more than this season.

"I think you look at the first year and some of the situations and knowing the body of work and not just one, a game-to-game basis and situations we've been under," Pease said. "I hope any evaluations are looked at that way. But, you know, I understand things, too. I know you've got to win and have success. If it's not meant to be … I came into this with friends, and I'm walking out of it with friends."

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USF: Rivalry veteran

TAMPA — When USF travels to No. 17 UCF on Friday night, it will be the first time since 2008 the teams have met. But the Bulls have a veteran on their side in coach Willie Taggart, who is no stranger to participating in — and winning — rivalry games.

As starting QB at Western Kentucky, Taggart was a part of three straight victories against rival Eastern Kentucky from 1996-98. Taggart was running backs coach in 2007 when Stanford defeated No. 2 USC then broke a five-year losing streak to Cal.

It's that personal history that gives USF's first-year coach faith going into the nationally televised meeting with the Knights.

"It's big-time college football and that's what it's supposed to be," Taggart said. "I don't think these guys in here have been able to experience that since they've been here, because there hasn't been a rivalry. It's going to be fun and they're going to see what it's like to have these games where the record doesn't really matter."

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

FSU: If HE can do it …

TALLAHASSEE — FSU coach Jimbo Fisher overcame his reservations about discussing recruits, praising four-star WR prospect Josh Malone shortly after Georgia coach Mark Richt became possibly the first head coach to speak publicly about a non-committed prospect who has signed with his school.

New NCAA rules allow for coaches to speak about players who have signed financial aid agreements. Malone has signed one with UGA and FSU.

Richt described Malone as "a dynamic player." Told of those comments, Fisher responded: "He can be a difference maker with us, too. He can be a difference maker here and is a guy we want very badly."

Orlando Sentinel

UM: On the mend

CORAL GABLES — Miami WR Phillip Dorsett is expected to see his first action Friday against Pittsburgh since partially tearing his MCL last month. Coach Al Golden also said CB Artie Burns, who injured his ankle two weeks ago, looked good in practice.

Sun Sentinel

Up next

Miami: at Pittsburgh, 3:30 Friday, Ch. 11

USF: at UCF, 8 Friday, ESPN

UF: vs. FSU, noon Saturday, ESPN

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