GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida coach Will Muschamp said he was surprised when receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill turned in his resignation on Thursday night, but it didn’t take him long to decide how he wanted to replace the former Gators receiver.
He immediately chose graduate assistant Bush Hamdan.
The former backup quarterback at Boise State came to UF in January with offensive coordinator Brent Pease, is intimately familiar with Pease’s offense and has experience coaching at the BCS level at Maryland. It was a no-brainer for Muschamp.
"He’s a very mature guy," Muschamp said after the Gators' first day of practice on Friday. "He’s an outstanding football coach. Bush has got a really great background with the offense. I feel very comfortable with that situation. I’m not at all worried. I never blinked."
After playing at Boise State from 2005-08, he spent a year at Colorado before becoming an offensive GA at Maryland in 2010 under Ralph Friedgen. When assistant coach James Franklin left to become the head coach at Vanderbilt at the end of the season, Hamdan coached the Terps’ quarterbacks in the bowl game.
Hamdan coached tight ends at Sacramento State in 2011 before joining UF’s staff when Muschamp hired Pease.
"Bush is very experienced and knows the offense terminology," Muschamp said. "He’s got a great rapport with our players. They’re disappointed (in Hill resigning) obviously, but fully embraced (Hamdan) this morning."
Hamdan will count as one of UF’s nine assistant coaches. His recruiting responsibilities have not been determined.
Muschamp said he would take over recruiting South Florida for Hill. He also said he would serve as UF’s recruiting coordinator.
"That title don’t mean a whole lot to me," Mushcamp said. "I’m the recruiting coordinator. I handle all of that. I recruit every player we have."