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Urban Meyer says no Florida Gators coaching changes planned

GAINESVILLE — If you're one of those people who had been certain that after Florida's loss to South Carolina and the team falling to 6-4 that the Gators would get a new offensive coordinator next season, don't be so sure.

Coach Urban Meyer said Monday that he evaluates every staff member after each season, and though he isn't ready to address personnel issues now, he said he doesn't anticipate changing offensive coordinators.

"I don't think that will happen," Meyer said when asked if there's a chance Steve Addazio might not have that role next season. "I'm not into blame; I'm not into excuses. We're into solutions. Right now, the solution is somehow have a great Tuesday and Wednesday (practices). I know that's a coach-speak answer, especially around here, but that's what we'll do. We started heading in the right direction, and we've got to get the momentum back. We failed to capitalize on that last week, offensively."

And what about Meyer's status as the head coach?

"The head coach will be back next year," he said. "Well, I mean I can't say that; I hope I am. I'm going to do the best I can to get this thing back at the elite level, which we all expect. There are some great young players that have promise (on the team). But I'm not sure that's appropriate to talk about right now."

Meyer said his main concern this week is sending his seniors out with a win in their final home game, Saturday against Appalachian State.

Staying or going?: With his season unfolding in a manner he never envisioned, junior QB John Brantley is rumored to be unhappy and planning to transfer at the end of the season.

Brantley waited three years for his opportunity to start, but as the offense has struggled, he has become part of a three-quarterback system that's still struggling. It led many to believe it's the beginning of a quarterback controversy. Saturday night, Meyer was asked which quarterback gives the Gators the best option to win and said he didn't know.

Meyer said Monday that Brantley will start Saturday, but the Gators will continue to play Trey Burton and Jordan Reed at quarterback.

Brantley insists that talk that he'll sit down with his father after the season and decide where he'll play next season is untrue. Asked if he expects to be with the Gators his senior year, Brantley replied: "Absolutely."

"My dad called me, I want to say, last weekend right when he landed back from Nashville," Brantley said. "He didn't know what was going on, and I had no idea, either. But no, I haven't said anything to him about that; he's never said anything to me about that. Those are all just rumors."

Checking out?: Meyer and senior C Mike Pouncey seemed to indicate Monday that part of the Gators' problems are players who aren't giving their all or appear to have quit as the season has worsened.

"Looking back, I think we did everything we could have (done) possible," Pouncey said. "I really don't know what the issue is. Obviously you've got players out there that give it their all and want to win, and then you have guys that just drift away during the course of the game."

Asked whether players quit in games, Pouncey said that in reviewing film, it's evident some players checked out.

"It's (frustrating), but it's human nature," he said. "When things ain't going people's way, that's what happens."

Senior LB Brandon Hicks said some younger players have been slow to perform at a higher level.

Meyer said ultimately the offense has "lacked energy."

"I don't see an offense full of life, I don't see a lot of energy, and that's one of the things as a head coach that concerns me," Meyer said. "Mike Pouncey loves the game of football, and he's contagious. I don't see that around our offense right now. We're trying to energize that group somehow."

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

Urban Meyer says no Florida Gators coaching changes planned 11/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 15, 2010 8:56pm]
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