Mattison will be co-defensive coordinator

Updated: December 10, 2004, 8:44 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame defensive line coach Greg Mattison said Friday he has accepted a job at Florida as co-defensive coordinator, while Irish defensive coordinator Kent Baer took his name out of the running at Utah State.

Mattison, who was defensive coordinator for the Irish for five seasons until Bob Davie was fired as head coach, will rejoin new coach Urban Meyer, who served on Davie's staff with Mattison.

Mattison said he will share the coordinator's job with Charlie Strong, who he also worked with at Notre Dame for two season.

"I'm excited about it," Mattison said. "I think the world of him (Meyer), I think the world of the job and I'm excited about being with them."

Mattison plans to stay with Notre Dame through the bowl game.

Baer flew to Arizona on Wednesday to meet with Utah State's president and athletic director to interview for the head coaching job. He said his emotional heart was interested in the job, since he grew up there and still has family there, but his "professional heart" told him it wasn't the right job.

"I don't want to be a head coach just to be a head coach," he said. "It was just a gut feeling."

Baer said he told the Utah State officials he would not accept the job if it were offered.

Arizona State assistant coach Brent Guy was hired for the job on Friday.

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