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Muschamp announces hire on Gators staff

GAINESVILLE — When the 2014 season begins, Florida will have a new offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and special teams coordinator.

Coach Will Muschamp filled one of the three spots Friday, hiring Coleman Hutzler as special teams coordinator, replacing Jeff Choate.

Hutzler spent the past two seasons at New Mexico. He returns to the Gators for a second time: He was an off-the-field assistant for defense and special teams from 2010-11. "It will be a seamless transition for our players," Muschamp said.

Choate, who resigned this week, is expected to join Chris Petersen's staff at Washington.

Duke coach honored: David Cutcliffe, who guided Duke to its first 10-win season and a berth in the ACC title game, was named the Maxwell Football Club coach of the year over Auburn's Gus Malzahn and Missouri's Gary Pinkel. Cutcliffe was recently named the Walter Camp coach of the year.

SEC fines: The league fined four schools a combined $60,000 for violating league policies during the season. Mississippi State was fined $25,000 for violating the artificial noisemaker policy a second time with cowbells. Ole Miss was fined $25,000 after fans rushed the field following a win over LSU. Auburn and Missouri also were fined $5,000 for a first violation of the field-access policy.

Alabama: Defensive lineman D.J. Pettway, who was dismissed from the team 10 months ago, is returning. Pettway and fellow East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman Jarran Reed signed and will enroll in January. Pettway and three other players were dismissed in February after being charged in robberies in Tuscaloosa. Pettway was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, but a judge cleared him to play in Mississippi.

James Madison: The team hired Ohio State assistant Everett Withers, 50, as its new coach.

South Carolina: Second-leading receiver Damiere Byrd will miss the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin after he injured his knee at practice. He is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery.

Utah: Former Wyoming coach Dave Christensen was hired as offensive coordinator, and Dennis Erickson was demoted to running backs coach. Erickson, a former Miami coach, and Brian Johnson were co-offensive coordinators last season, but the team fell to 76th in total offense. Johnson will continue as quarterbacks coach.

Information from Times wires contributed to this report.

Muschamp announces hire on Gators staff 12/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:22pm]

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