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Florida Gators Coaching Search To Intensify, Says Report

After their win in the 2012 Gator Bowl, the Florida Gators can now focus on hiring a new offensive coordinator and strength-and-conditioning coach. Gators coach Will Muschamp said Monday he has no timetable to fill the offensive-coordinator position, "UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said that could happen this week," reports Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida needs a new offensive coordinator, as Charlie Weis left that position after one year to accept the Kansas Jayhawks' head-coaching job. Brian White, the team's running-backs coach, served as Florida's offensive coordinator for the Gator Bowl and could retain that position full-time. Previously, he served as offensive coordinator for the Wisconsin Badgers and Syracuse Orange. "Brian's an outstanding football coach and certainly under consideration," Muschamp said.

Under Weis, the Gators ranked No. 72 out of 120 teams in points per game during the 2011 season, putting up 25.5 per contest. Injuries to top quarterback John Brantley played a role in that disappointing showing; replacements Jacoby Brissett, Jeff Driskel, and Trey Burton combined to complete just 48.1 percent of their passes, with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

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