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Steve Addazio will be "point man" in hiring of new Gators defensive coordinator, according to athletics director

GAINESVILLE -- Florida Gators athletics director Jeremy Foley said on Saturday that assistant football coach Steve Addazio is the "point man" in hiring the team's new defensive coordinator.

Florida hired former Dolphins assistant George Edwards on Jan. 7 to replace longtime defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, but Edwards bolted for the Buffalo Bills this week. The hiring was announced on the Bills' website the day after National Signing Day.

Florida coach Urban Meyer is currently taking a required medical leave of absence but will apparently help with the hiring of a new defensive coordinator from afar, according to Foley. Foley told The Miami Herald on Saturday that Meyer will speak to Adazzio over the phone about the defensive coordinator position but Addazio will coordinate the hiring. Foley said he expects Addazio to hire a replacement for Edwards soon. An announcement could be made within a week.

Meyer put off his sabbatical until after National Signing Day, but he is currently out of pocket. (Probably relaxing on a beach somewhere in the South Pacific where no one knows his name or face. Just a guess.)

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