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NOTEBOOK: McCarney could be leaving Florida; Tebow could be staying

GAINESVILLE -- Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney interviewed for the head coaching position at New Mexico on Sunday, according to UF coach Urban Meyer.

McCarney, who coached at Iowa State for 12 years before stints at South Florida and Florida, is considered to be a finalist for the position at New Mexico. New Mexico athletics director Paul Krebs is a friend of Meyer's. Krebs is the former Bowling Green athletics director who hired Meyer as a head coach in 2001.

In related news, UF offensive coordinator Dan Mullen said on Sunday that rumors linking him to the head coaching vacancy at Mississippi State are untrue. Meyer also responded to a question about Mullen being a finalist for the Bulldogs' position, telling reporters the rumor was not true.

UF quarterback Tim Tebow spoke with reporters at length on Sunday following the BCS selection show. Tebow is expected to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy after his three-touchdown performance against Alabama on Saturday. Tebow said again on Sunday that he would consider leaving early for the NFL after this season. He also said he expects to return for his senior year.

"I love being at the University of Florida, and it would be an honor to come back and play my senior year. And that's something I really want to do," Tebow said. "I will look at it and see, and weigh my options, but it would be a blessing to come back and play a fourth year here."

"After the [national championship] game, I'll sit down and look at it and decide what's best for me. But I don't think so. Hopefully we'll be celebrating, but I don't think it will weigh too much on that decision."

Florida running back Kestahn Moore sprained his knee against Alabama, according to Florida coach Urban Meyer. Moore's left knee was wrapped on Sunday during the Gators' team party for the BCS selection show. He was also using crutches. This is could be bad news for the Gators. While Moore hasn't contributed much as a runner this season he is one of the team's best blockers on offense and special teams.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Sunday that Percy Harvin should be ready for "full practice" when the Gators fly to Miami on Jan.2 for the national championship game. Harvin injured his ankle against Florida State and missed the SEC championship game.

Florida receiver David Nelson grew up a Texas fan. That means one thing. He hates Oklahoma. Nelson lived in Oklahoma from fourth grade to seventh grade and attended high school in Wichita Falls, Texas, which is 30 minutes south of the Oklahoma border.

"I grew up in the heart of Big 12 country," Nelson said. "They never offered me a scholarship. I grew up a Longhorn fan, always hating Oklahoma."

Nelson's mother, Kathy Belcoff, attended physical therapy school at Oklahoma.



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