GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Urban Meyer nearly filled out his coaching staff Monday, keeping two assistants from Ron
Zook's staff and bringing four with him from Utah.
Meyer also named Indiana offensive coordinator Steve Addazio the
tight ends coach and hired Notre Dame defensive line coach Greg
Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong will work with
Mattison on the defensive side of the ball, but Meyer did not
specify their roles. Strong and Mattison were expected to be named
co-defensive coordinators, with Strong handling linebackers and
Mattison working with the line.
Meyer also said running backs coach and recruiting coordinator
Mike Locksley will remain at Florida in the same capacity.
Utah assistants Billy Gonzales, John Hevesy, Dan Mullen and
Chuck Heater will move with Meyer from Salt Lake City.
Gonzales will coach wide receivers, Hevesy will coach the
offensive line and Mullen will coach quarterbacks. Heater, who was
cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Utah, has not been
assigned a role.
"I'm very excited about the group of coaches that are joining
our staff," Meyer said in a statement. "They fit in with the
vision I have for this program and are quality people."
Meyer still has one coaching spot open.
Meyer, who will coach Utah in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, was
hired earlier this month to replace Zook, who was fired Oct. 25 but
finished the regular season. Zook was hired as Illinois' new head
coach last week. Strong will serve as Florida's interim coach when
the Gators play Miami in the Peach Bowl Dec. 31.
Meyer's moves mean the Gators could have an awkward coaching
situation during the Peach Bowl -- with four coaches leaving to join
Zook at Illinois, two staying with Meyer and three possibly without
Florida offensive coordinator Larry Fedora and secondary coach
Dan Disch already have agreed to join Zook at Illinois. Linebackers
coach Bill Miller and offensive line coach Joe Wickline also were
expected to take positions on Zook's staff.
But receivers coach Dwayne Dixon, quarterback coach Ed
Zaunbrecher and defensive line coach Jerry "Red" Anderson haven't
been offered jobs at Florida or Illinois.