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Charlie Weis To Become Florida Gators Offensive Coordinator After Kansas City Chiefs Playoff Run

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will join the Florida Gators staff in the same position after the Chiefs have been eliminated from the NFL playoffs, the school has confirmed. Weis’ son will attend classes at Florida and work as a Gators assistant coach. This arrangement was apparently a critical stipulation for Weis joining Will Muschamp’s staff.

Weis has proven himself as one of the NFL’s best offensive schemers, working with the New England Patriots offense that won the franchise’s first Super Bowl and turning the Chiefs offense from one of the league’s worst to one of its best. Though he has yet to find success as a college coach, his diminished recruiting role compared to the load he had to handle as Notre Dame’s head coach could free him up to do what he does best.

Muschamp gets to hire nine assistant coaches. He’d previously announced the retaining of current Florida coaches Stan Drayton (running backs), D.J. Durkin (linebackers/special teams), and Brian White (tight ends/recruiting), along with new receivers coach Aubrey Hill from Miami and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson from Texas Tech.

Florida has three coaches left to hire, one of whom will need to be a new defensive coordinator.

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Will Muschamp To Replace Urban Meyer As Florida Coach

Less than 24 hours after Bobby Petrino was crossed off their list, the Florida Gators have reportedly landed their man: Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. The Florida Times-Union’s Michael Dirocco concurred on Twitter with Saturday Down South's report that Muschamp will be named Florida’s new head coach.

Landing Muschamp would be about as big a coaching get as possible. Muschamp has been the official coach-in-waiting at Texas in the event of Mack Brown’s departure. For Florida to sway Muschamp away from one of the only two or three other jobs in college football that could be considered a contender for the best job in the country would be amazing.

This would be a departure from the Urban Meyer coaching tree most had assumed would provide options one and two, Mississippi State Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen and Louisville Cardinals coach Charlie Strong. Mullen denied interest, and Strong may already have his ideal job.

Muschamp was born in Rome, Georgia, and played safety for the Georgia Bulldogs. He coached at West Georgia and Valdosta State before working his way into the SEC, NFL, and eventually Texas.

UPDATE:

Can confirm that Will Muschamp will be next Florida coach. Met with AD Jeremy Foley in Austin today, offered, acceptedless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Orangebloods.com has also been able to confirm that Will Muschamp will be the next head coach at Florida. #hookem #longhornsless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Welcome to the Gator family Coach Muschamp! You'll soon find out why it's great to be a Florida Gator! God bless and Go Gators!!!less than a minute ago via HootSuite

"This is a dream come true to be the head coach of the Florida Gators," said Muschamp,. "I grew up watching the Gators.''less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

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Urban Meyer Resigns: Outback Bowl Will Be Last Game As Gators Coach

That was fast: Urban Meyer is resigning as coach of the Florida Gators, according to GatorZone.com’s Scott Carter. Carter says Meyer approached athletic director Jeremy Foley this past weekend with thoughts of resignation, and the two reached a conclusion on Tuesday. Meyer will coach the team in its Outback Bowl appearance against the Penn St. Nittany Lions.

No word yet on possible candidates to take over for the following season or what Meyer plans to do from here on. Carter quotes Meyer: “I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.”

Speculation that Meyer could take over the newly vacated Denver Broncos job, reuniting him with Tim Tebow and returning him to a region of the country in which he’s had success, though ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says “there are no dots to connect” there.

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