Fedora confirms decision


Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 1:14 a.m.
COACHING MOVES Former University of Florida offensive coordinator Larry Fedora confirmed Thursday that both he and former Gator offensive line coach Joe Wickline will join Mike Gundy's staff at Oklahoma State.
Fedora and Wickline both had joined Ron Zook's staff at Illinois both neither had signed contracts.
"It's just a good opportunity for me and my family," said Fedora, who confirmed the report that appeared in Thursday's Sun. "Ron is about what you'd think he'd be, but he understands."
Gundy and Fedora had coached together at Baylor in the early 1990s. Fedora will be the Cowboys' offensive coordinator, while Wickline will coach the offensive line.
Oklahoma State also offered an assistant's job to Florida assistant coach Mike Locksley, but he turned it down.
-Pat Dooley In other Florida coaching related news, new Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt hired Aubrey Hill to his staff.
Hill once served on former Florida coach Steve Spurrier's staff and was an assistant at Elon last season. He was the receivers coach at Duke from 1999-2003, and was a Miami Dolphins intern when Wannstedt coached there. Hill played for the Gators in the early 1990s.
Buddy Teevens is returning to coach Dartmouth, five weeks after being fired as Stanford's football coach.
Teevens previously coached Dartmouth from 1987-91, leading the Big Green to a 26-22-2 record and two Ivy League championships. He replaces John Lyons, who was fired a day after Stanford dismissed Teevens.
At Stanford, Teevens finished with a 10-23 record in three seasons after taking over the program when Tyrone Willingham bolted for Notre Dame following the 2001 season. Teevens spent the three previous seasons on Steve Spurrier's staff at Florida.
A Dartmouth graduate, Teevens was the Ivy league player of the year as a quarterback in 1978.
n UCF: James Bernhardt was named Central Florida's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Thursday.
Bernhardt was the Golden Knights' director of football operations, serving in that role since the hiring of head coach George O'Leary in December 2003.
Bernhardt replaces Brian Polian, who took over as Notre Dame's assistant defensive backs and special teams coach Monday.
Before coming to UCF, Bernhardt was a high school coach in the Orlando area.
  • OLE MISS: North Carolina State assistant coach Noel Mazzone has agreed to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Mississippi.
    Mazzone was the Wolfpack's offensive coordinator for the past two years.
    He said Tuesday he would be leaving to fill the post at Ole Miss. It will be his second stint with the Rebels. He served as offensive coordinator there from 1995-98 under former coach Tommy Tuberville, now at Auburn.
    "This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Mazzone told The News & Observer of Raleigh on Tuesday.
    In 2003, the Wolfpack averaged almost 38 points and 453 yards in total offense, but N.C. State struggled in 2004, averaging 24 points and 349 yards per game.
    Since the season ended with a 52-14 win against East Carolina, the Wolfpack (5-6) has lost defensive coordinator Reggie Herring and Doc Holliday, the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. Herring accepted a three-year offer to become Arkansas' defensive coordinator. Holliday took a job at Florida on new coach Urban Meyer's staff.
    "I think it's a positive reflection of a program when other programs come in and hire coaches away," Mazzone said. "N.C. State has a solid, successful program. People like to hire coaches from good programs."
  • AIR FORCE: Former Ohio coach Brian Knorr returned to Air Force on Wednesday as defensive coordinator.
    The former Falcons quarterback was fired Nov. 18 after four seasons as the Bobcats' coach. He was 11-35 at Ohio, including a 4-7 mark last year.
    "We're so excited to have Brian return home and join our staff," head coach Fisher DeBerry said. "He was a fine player for us. He'll bring great enthusiasm, energy and knowledge to our staff."
    Knorr replaces Vic Shealy, who left Air Force in December to become defensive coordinator at UNLV.
    In other changes, Dean Campbell will move from running backs coach to the defensive secondary, Tim Horton will move from wide receiver coach to running backs, and Tom Miller will coach special teams, including kickers. Former kickers coach Lt. Col. Jeff Hays, is retiring from the military later this month.
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