Charlie Weis Kansas
December 9, 2011 by staff
Muschamp told the media during a Gator Bowl press conference Thursday that he supported Weis’ decision and the two had discussed it over the last few days.
“He informed me about a couple hours ago [4 p.m.],” Muschamp said. “Very happy for him and his wife, Maura. Really excited for them and getting an opportunity to be a head coach.
“We certainly wish him the best of luck.”
Muschamp stated that UF would remain a pro-style offense. Running backs coach Brian White will call plays in the bowl game when the Gators face Ohio State on Jan. 2.
Muschamp did say that he doesn’t expect to lose more assistants. However, Weis was permitted by Muschamp to hire his choice for offensive line coach, meaning there’s a chance Frank Verducci will follow Weis to Kansas.
Weis’ departure is the second Muschamp is dealing with after strength and conditioning director Mickey Marotti left the Gators to join former UF coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State.
“Our staff hasn’t been raided,” Muschamp said. “Our strength coach left with a guy that he’s been friends with for 25 years and I totally understood that that was a possibility when I retained Mickey.
“And our offensive coordinator got a head coaching job, a multi-million dollar deal. That’s not getting raided.”
The Gators have struggled offensively this season and are ranked 102nd in the country in total offense out of 120 Bowl Subdivision schools. UF doesn’t rank nationally in the top 70 in rushing, passing or scoring offense.
Still, with national signing day quickly approaching on Feb. 1, Weis’ departure could turn off some of the members of Florida’s recruiting class excited about playing in his offense. Six of the Gators’ 16 commitments are offensive prospects.
Now, instead of focusing on continuing to build his first full signing class at UF, Muschamp will have to devote his time to finding a new offensive guru. When asked, Muschamp mentioned Jacksonville University coach Kerwin Bell, a former UF standout quarterback, as a possible replacement during his conference. A source close to Bell also expects UF to pursue the 46-year old.
“I know Kerwin,” Muschamp said. “He’s an outstanding football coach and certainly will be under consideration.”
Weis’ health has been questioned as he has needed a cane to move around ofFlorida’s sideline during games. Muschamp mentioned last Sunday during his Gator Bowl teleconference that Weis might need hip surgery in the offseason.
Weis came to UF following a one-year stint as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Prior to that, Weis was the head coach at Notre Dame from 2005-09, compiling a 35-37 record. As an offensive coordinator with New England, the Patriots won three Super Bowls. He also coached with the New York Jets and New York Giants.
Weis takes over a Kansas program that fired Turner Gill after he went 5-19 in two seasons.
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