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Urban Meyer's Ohio State hires could impact Florida Gators' recruiting

GAINESVILLE — In a possible blow to UF's recruiting, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hired two members of the Gators' support staff.

Brian Voltolini will be the Buckeyes' director of football operations and Mark Pantoni director of player personnel.

At Florida, Voltolini was the director of football video, and Pantoni was the director of football administration this season. Both worked with Meyer and stayed at UF after he resigned in December 2010.

Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said Pantoni had led the Gators' recruiting efforts for the past two years, and his organization is why Florida often started recruiting top players before most other schools.

BOWDEN RETURNS: LSU will have a tough time beating Alabama twice in the same season, former FSU coach Bobby Bowden said during his first visit back on campus since his departure two years ago.

Bowden's top-ranked Seminoles lost the 1996 national championship to Florida in a rematch at the Sugar Bowl.

"… To me Alabama has the same advantage that Florida had on us," Bowden said. "They got beat and they're mad as you know what."

AUBURN LOSING ASSISTANT: Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will be the next coach at Arkansas State, the Associated Press reported.

SPURRIER EXTENDED: South Carolina extended coach Steve Spurrier's contract through the 2015 season.

EX-'NOLE AILING: Former FSU guard and college coach Vince Gibson, 78, has been diagnosed with ALS.

COLORADO ST.: Jim McElwain, Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was introduced as head coach.

KANSAS: New coach and former Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis hired Ron Powlus to tutor quarterbacks and Tim Grunhard to work with the offensive line.

UCLA: New coach Jim Mora vowed to make fans proud: "I look forward to the challenge of returning this team to prominence."

Urban Meyer's Ohio State hires could impact Florida Gators' recruiting 12/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 11:59pm]

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