Monday, January 3, 2011
Florida confirms hiring Charlie Weis
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's coaching staff is nearly complete.
The Gators confirmed Monday that former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis will be Will Muschamp's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Muschamp also hired Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator and line coach. Quinn spent the past 10 years in the NFL and has seven years of college experience.
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Frank Verducci was added as offensive line coach and running game coordinator. Verducci coached at Notre Dame in 2009 after eight seasons with four NFL teams.
George Wynn will be director of football operations. He spent the past six seasons as assistant athletic director for football operations at Texas.
Weis and Quinn will remain with their NFL teams through the postseason.
Following Sunday's regular season-ending loss to the Raiders, Weis said the Florida job will not be a distraction to him as he helps Kansas City prepare for its upcoming wild-card playoff game.
"I will do everything I can to help the Chiefs be successful,'' Weis told reporters Sunday. "I'm working for the Chiefs as long as we can make this work. Now that we're in the tournament, I'm hoping we play until February.
"I've gone through this once before [leaving the New England Patriots' staff to be the coach at Notre Dame], so I have a very good reference on how to separate family business from work. Fortunately, after going through it the last time, I had a very good experience. You go to work, you work all day. You do everything in preparation [for the game] and at the end of the day, if there's something else that has to be done, that's the time you do it."
Muschamp has eight assistants now, leaving one spot to fill. It's unclear what direction Muschamp will go with the final hire.
Muschamp said during his introductory news conference that he wanted to install a pro-style offense and a multiple-scheme defense. He called Weis "a perfect fit."
"He has both college and pro experience and has been a play caller in the NFL," Muschamp said in a statement. "He has four Super Bowl rings and his accomplishments and his ability to develop quarterbacks speak for themselves."
Muschamp and Quinn worked on the same staff with the Miami Dolphins. Muschamp said Quinn "is one of the best I've been around in terms of teaching fundamentals."
"He understands how defenses will need to be multiple and how to put players in a position to be successful," Muschamp said.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.