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Will Muschamp interviews for Gators QB Kerwin Bell for Florida's offensive coordinator position

Kerwin Bell, a candidate for the offensive coordinator job at UF, his alma mater, has been the coach at Jacksonville for five seasons, compiling a 36-21 record and two Pioneer Football League titles.

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Kerwin Bell, a candidate for the offensive coordinator job at UF, his alma mater, has been the coach at Jacksonville for five seasons, compiling a 36-21 record and two Pioneer Football League titles.

GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp has interviewed Jacksonville University coach and former Gators quarterback Kerwin Bell for the team's offensive coordinator job.

Muschamp and Bell met Wednesday on Jacksonville's campus, the Associated Press reported.

Muschamp has sought an offensive coordinator since Charlie Weis left last week to take the head coaching job at Kansas.

Bell would seem to be a fit, having plenty of play-calling experience, strong ties to the program and a working knowledge of recruiting in the Sunshine State.

He has been Jacksonville's coach for five seasons, going 36-21 record with two Pioneer Football League titles. His 2010 offense led Division I-AA at 486.3 yards per game.

Bell, 46, played at UF from 1984-87, finishing with 7,585 yards passing and 56 touchdowns. Before taking over at Jacksonville, Bell started the football program at Ocala Trinity Catholic High, went 45-15 in five seasons and won a state title.

Muschamp passed him over last year to hire Weis. The Gators rank 102nd in the nation in total offense this season, struggling to move the ball consistently against the SEC's best teams.

It's unclear whether Muschamp has interviewed anyone else. He said last week that running backs coach Brian White, who will call plays for UF in the Jan. 2 Gator Bowl against Ohio State, will be considered.

PENN STATE FIGHT: Receiver Curtis Drake got in a fight with teammate Matt McGloin after practice that landed McGloin in the hospital. The quarterback was released from the hospital after university police said they called to the locker room about a report of a fight between the players. Drake, a receiver, knocked McGloin out, according to a report. McGloin's father, Paul, said his son suffered a seizure and a possible concussion but was back at his campus apartment.

MIAMI: Senior defensive lineman Adewale Ojomo's request for a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA was denied, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

BEEF 'O'BRADY'S BOWL: FIU and Marshall arrived in St. Petersburg to prepare for Tuesday's game at Tropicana Field.

DIVISION I-AA: Receiver Warren Holloway scored twice to help host North Dakota State defeat Georgia Southern 35-7 in the semifinals. The Bison (13-1) faces Sam Houston State (14-0) on Jan. 7 for the title.

DIVISION II: Zac Dickey's 53-yard pass to Andrew Castaneda set up the decisive touchdown as Pittsburg State beat Wayne State 35-21 in the national title game in Florence, Ala. Dickey passed for 190 yards and rushed for 68 for the Gorillas (13-1) as the Kansas school claimed its second title and first since 1991.

NAIA: Jimmy Coy accounted for 294 yards and two touchdowns and Mark Williams knocked down a fourth-down pass in the end zone with two minutes left as St. Xavier (Ill.) defeated Carroll (Mont.) 24-20 in Rome, Ga., for its first national title.

Saturday's bowls

NEW MEXICO: Bernard Pierce ran for two early touchdowns to help Temple defeat Wyoming 37-15 in Albuquerque to win its first bowl under former Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio. The Owls (9-4) had three interceptions in its second bowl victory and first since 1979. "Our starting point is playing great defense, Addazio said. "That's the starting point of our program." Freshman Brett Smith was held to 127 yards passing for the Cowboys (8-5).

IDAHO POTATO: Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton scored on a 1-yard run with 13 seconds left to give the Bobcats a 24-23 victory over Utah State in Boise, their first bowl victory in six tries. Ohio (10-4) earned its first 10-win season since 1968. Utah State (7-6) rushed for 345 yards.

Volleyball: UCLA title

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Outside hitter Rachael Kidder had 20 kills and UCLA beat Illinois for the Bruins' first NCAA women's volleyball championship in two decades. The Bruins won their fourth title, putting them third behind Stanford (six) and Penn State (five). Tabi Love had 14 kills for UCLA (30-6) in the 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16 win. The Illini (32-5) eliminated Florida in Gainesville in the region final. UCLA, which ended Penn State's run of four straight national titles in the Sweet 16 and ousted Florida State in Thursday's semifinals, hadn't won a championship since 1991.

Will Muschamp interviews for Gators QB Kerwin Bell for Florida's offensive coordinator position 12/17/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 17, 2011 11:56pm]
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