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Gators add secondary coach; coaching changes finalized

GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer finalized his staff today with the hiring of Vance Bedford, a longtime defensive backs coach.

Bedford, who coached at Michigan in 2007, will coach cornerbacks for Florida, replacing former assistant Doc Holliday, who left Florida for West Virginia. Bedford, a Texas native, coached with Meyer at Colorado State.

"I am excited to be working with Coach Meyer again," Bedford said. "I'm eager to get to Gainesville and work with a championship program."

Bedford recently ended his second stint at Michigan. He also coached the Wolverines' secondary from 1995-1998, a stretch that included instructing Heisman winner Charles Woodson. Bedford has also served as a defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State and a defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears.

"[Vance] has coached at all levels, from high school to the NFL, and has a proven ability to work with and develop some of the top defensive backs in the nation," Meyer said. "Vance will be a great addition to our coaching staff."

Bedford caused a stir while in Oklahoma State when he referred to fair-weather fans as roaches. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy later fired Bedford.

VANCE BEDFORD FILE
Feb. 2008 -         Florida (Cornerbacks)
2007                    Michigan (Secondary)
2005-2006          Oklahoma State (Defensive Coordinator)
1999-2004          Chicago Bears (Defensive Backs)
1995-1998          Michigan (Secondary)
1993-1994          Oklahoma State (Defensive Backs)
1987-1992          Colorado State (Defensive Backs)
1986                    Navarro Junior College
1985                    Forest Brook High School, Houston, Texas 

Personal Information
Birthdate: August 20, 1958
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education: Texas (1983)
Marital Status: Married to the former Margaret Bulloch.

LIST OF NEW COACHING ASSIGNMENTS
Steve Addazio - Assistant Head Coach, Offense/Offensive Line 
Vance Bedford - Cornerbacks
Kenny Carter - Running Backs
Billy Gonzales - Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers 
Chuck Heater - Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Safeties 
John Hevesy - Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line 
Dan McCarney - Assistant Head Coach, Defense/Defensive Line 
Dan Mullen - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Charlie Strong – Defensive Coordinator, Associate Head
Coach/Linebackers
 

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Great? Bring a coach in from the Big10?? And didn't Michigans 'D' suck last year?

Let me say this so gator fans can understand.

HERE COME THE PAIN FROM THE CANES! Just show up chickens.

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