GAINESVILLE -- George Edwards we hardly knew you!
The Gators' new defensive coordinator is now the Gators' old defensive coordinator. Edwards was hired by the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, one day after Florida hauled in the nation's top recruiting class. Gator Clause returns from covering the Super Bowl and, well, wouldn't you know, more crazy news for the Gators! Say this for covering Urban Meyer's team: it's never dull!
UF's new recruiting class is chalked full of defensive studs. Wonder what those guys are thinking today? At least one Gator recruit isn't worried about it. Miami Booker T. Washington defensive end said on Thursday that he wasn't surprised by the news. Edwards, a former position coach with Miami Dolphins, was hired on Jan. 7, the day of the BCS national championship.
"He didn't seem like he fit the Florida Gators mold anyway, to tell you the truth," Trail said. "He wasn't as intense as the other coaches, I guess because he was still getting used to everything. He's probably doing what's best for his family, so you can't fault him for that."
Trail said "as long as his position coach doesn't leave" he's content with whomever Meyer hires as the new defensive coordinator. Trail's position coach, Dan McCarney, is an obvious candidate to replace Edwards but McCarney said in the week leading up to the Sugar Bowl that he wasn't interested in being the Gators' defensive coordinator. Now that recruiting is over, expect the Gators to have plenty of options.
"Florida is the best team in the country and they just got the No.1 recruiting class," Trail said. "We're not going to have any problems finding a good defensive coordinator."