Friday, February 5, 2010
Edwards leaves Gators for Bills' job
By Chris Low ESPN.com
If you didn't know better, you'd swear Florida's football program was in shambles right now.
George Edwards, right, is back in the NFL -- this time as defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills -- after just a month on the job in Gainesville.
Assistant coaches are coming and going. The head coach is stepping down to take care of his health problems. Check that, he's just taking a leave of absence. Juniors are fleeing the program early to turn pro, and now the new defensive coordinator is bolting a day after signing day to coach in the NFL.
Blink and you're sure to miss something these days at Florida.
Through it all, the Gators managed to put together one of the most talented and highly touted signing classes ... maybe ever.
So much for continuity, huh? And who needs stability?
The last two months in Gator Land have been as weird as it gets, starting with Carlos Dunlap's DUI arrest the week of the SEC championship game and stretching through Thursday's announcement that Edwards was bolting after barely having a cup of coffee in Gainesville.
Wonder if he even had time to learn the Gator chomp?
It sounds like interim head coach Steve Addazio will head up the search for Edwards' replacement, but you know that Meyer will be involved.
Remember that Meyer had already promoted safeties coach Chuck Heater to co-defensive coordinator. So maybe Heater takes over as sole defensive coordinator and the Gators hire another position coach.
Judging by what's happened the last couple of months, it's probably not going to matter.
This is a program that's been elevated to a level of prominence nationally (and Meyer gets the credit) that it sells itself no matter what's going on inside the program or what's going on outside the program.
It will be interesting to see how much the Gators drop off next season or if they drop off at all. The rest of the Eastern Division is certainly counting on it after seeing Third-and-Tebow become the surest thing in college football over the last four seasons and the Gators go 29-6 against SEC competition during that span.
However it shakes out, here's some free advice for the rest of the league: If you're ever going to get the Gators, you better do it next season.
As we've seen, this is a program that just keeps motoring along no matter what gets in its way.
And it's a program that's attracting and breeding great football players at a dizzying pace.