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Defensive coordinator exits Gators early

GAINESVILLE — One day after signing the nation's consensus No. 1 recruiting class, Florida lost its defensive coordinator to the NFL. George Edwards' tenure ended less than one month after he was hired to replace Charlie Strong.

First-year Bills coach Chan Gailey hired Edwards on Thursday as his defensive coordinator. Edwards was hired by Florida on Jan. 8 after five seasons with the Dolphins.

The announcement came less than 24 hours after Florida's news conference lauding its class. Coach Urban Meyer spoke extensively about the work of his staff. He mentioned every assistant except Edwards, who apparently was not active in the latter part of recruiting.

Edwards made no mention of Florida in a statement the Bills released.

Edwards, 43, has 19 years of coaching experience, 12 in the NFL. He broke into the NFL with Dallas in 1998 as part of Gailey's first staff. Gailey played quarterback for the Gators in the early '70s and later was a graduate assistant (1974-75).

Meyer began his scheduled leave of absence Thursday, so offensive coordinator and interim coach Steve Addazio will lead the hiring process for a new assistant, the school said.

Fisher to open career against familiar foe

TALLAHASSEE — The Jimbo Fisher era at Florida State begins Sept. 4 against, appropriately enough, Samford, his alma mater and where he began his coaching career.

"The ironic thing about it is the first college game I ever played, I played against (Samford)," said Fisher, who started at Salem College in West Virginia before following coach Terry Bowden to Samford. "The last college game I played, I played for them. And the first game I coached, I coached for them."

Other than the I-AA Bulldogs, the Seminoles' nonconference schedule features a trip to Oklahoma, a return game against BYU in Tallahassee and the regular-season finale against Florida.

"I don't mind playing a tough nonconference game, but I think you're crazy, in my opinion, to go out and play three of them," Fisher said. "Does Alabama do it? Does LSU do it? Does Florida? Does Texas? Does USC? They play one. They don't play three."

Major Trojans recruit hasn't made it official

Offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, one of the nation's top recruits who announced on national TV his decision to play for the Trojans, won't sign his letter of intent until after their meeting with the NCAA.

USC is under investigation over allegations that former football player Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo received improper benefits while playing for it. A meeting is scheduled for Feb. 19.

Coach Lake Kiffin is prohibited by NCAA rules from talking about recruits until they sign a letter of intent.

Auburn: The NCAA granted defensive back Aairon Savage a sixth season of eligibility. A starter as a redshirt freshman in 2006, Savage missed all of 2008 (torn knee ligament) and 2009 (torn Achilles').

Marshall: Former Clemson quarterback Willy Korn, a touted recruit before injuries derailed him, will transfer to the Conference USA school. He will have two seasons of eligibility but won't have to sit out a season if, as expected, he graduates in May.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report, which also used information from the Associated Press.

fast facts

Florida State

2010 schedule

Date Opponent

Sept. 4 Samford

Sept. 11 at Oklahoma

Sept. 18 BYU

Sept. 25 Wake Forest

Oct. 2 at Virginia

Oct. 9 at Miami

Oct. 16 Boston College

Oct. 28 at N.C. State

Nov. 6 North Carolina

Nov. 13 Clemson

Nov. 20 at Maryland

Nov. 27 Florida

Times and TV are undetermined except for N.C. State, which will be at 7:30 on ESPN

For tickets, call 1-888-378-6653 or go to seminoles.com

Defensive coordinator exits Gators early 02/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2010 12:15am]

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