The first change took place in Gainesville. It was announced yesterday that offensive line coach Frank Verducci was no longer a part of Will Muschamp’s Florida staff. Verducci was a Charlie Weis hire. The two had worked together at Notre Dame before joining the Gators staff last offseason. It seems safe to assume that Verducci didn’t see eye to eye with new Gator O-coordinator Brent Pease. (Pease was hired from Boise State when Weis left for the head coaching job at Kansas.)
It was announced that Verducci left to pursue other interests.
Replacing Verducci, Muschamp turned to Tim Davis from Utah. Davis is familiar with his new coaching family. He served with UF running backs coach Brian White at Wisconsin from 1997 through 2001. He worked with tight ends coach Derek Lewis at Minnesota. And The Orlando Sentinel also points out that he also served on the Miami Dolphins 2005 staff along with Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
“Tim is a perfect fit for our program – he has a history of coaching in a pro-style offense and shares the same program philosophies,” Muschamp said via press release. ”It will be a seamless transition for our players and staff.”
Davis spoke of “shared philosophies” as well: “I’m excited to work with coach Muschamp again and join the Florida football program. I don’t look at this as joining a new staff, having worked with coach Muschamp, Dan Quinn, Brian White and Derek Lewis in the past. I understand the shared philosophies of the staff and look forward to being part of The Gator Nation.”
Get the feeling that Weis and Verducci didn’t really share the same philosophies?
Davis inherits an offensive line that was riddled with depth issues last season.