Sunday, January 2, 2011
Chiefs confirm Charlie Weis to Florida
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley has confirmed that Charlie Weis is leaving to become offensive coordinator at Florida.
Weis has been offensive coordinator for the Chiefs for one year and is credited with helping turn Matt Cassel into a top quarterback and making Jamaal Charles a Pro Bowl running back.
"Charlie Weis is moving on. He's going to go to the University of Florida as a coordinator," Haley said. "This is a bittersweet thing for me as the head coach. Charlie was obviously someone I was excited about having in here. That being said, Charlie is a family guy and he's got a family situation, where he can go to Florida and be with his son, who is going to get into coaching. This is a great situation for Charlie and I respect it 100 percent."
Meanwhile, the rest of Will Muschamp's staff at Florida is taking shape.
The Gators hired receivers coach Aubrey Hill and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson. Florida also retained three current assistants Sunday. Muschamp kept running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton, linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin and tight ends coach Brian White.
Muschamp already said he would retain strength and conditioning coordinator Mickey Marotti. Drayton, Durkin, White and Marotti will provide Florida continuity while making the transition from former coach Urban Meyer to Muschamp.
Hill, who played at Florida (1991-94), is returning to Gainesville after spending the last three years as Miami's receivers coach. He also served as the Hurricanes' recruiting coordinator last year and has ties to talent-rich South Florida.
Robinson, a former Auburn standout and NFL defensive back, comes to the Gators after serving as Texas Tech's secondary coach last year.
"I thought it was important to have some continuity in the staff," Muschamp said in a statement. "They are also solid recruiters. Aubrey is obviously a Gator, and it's always a plus when you have someone coach at their alma mater. He understands the passion and the expectations here, and I know he is excited to return to Gainesville. Travaris worked on our staff at Auburn and is a winner."
Muschamp said he expects more coaching moves this week. Weis is expected to be formally announced Monday.
Hill's coaching resume includes a stint as a graduate assistant at Florida (1996-98), where he part of the program's first national championship. He also spent time as Duke's receivers coach (1999-2003), Elon's receivers coach (2004) and Pittsburgh's receivers coach (2005-07).
Robinson played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then returned to Auburn to start his coaching career under Muschamp. Muschamp was Auburn's defensive coordinator at the time (2006-07), and Robinson was a staff assistant and a graduate assistant.
Drayton and Durkin joined the Gators in 2010.
Drayton came to Gainesville with Meyer in 2005, but left after three seasons. He spent a year at Tennessee (2008) and a year at Syracuse (2009), then rejoined the Gators last year.
Durkin spent three years coaching Stanford's defensive ends and special teams (2007-09), then joined Meyer's staff last year as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
White came to Florida as tight ends coach in 2009.
Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, receivers coach Zach Azzanni and defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator Chuck Heater were not retained.
Defensive line coach Dan McCarney took the head job at North Texas, and offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took over at Temple. Heater is considering joining Addazio with the Owls. Austin has been rumored as a potential replacement for Muschamp as Texas' defensive coordinator.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.