Two Florida assistants could head to Louisville

Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:37 p.m.

On the day he was introduced as Louisville’s new head coach, former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong said he would not raid Urban Meyer’s staff. Three weeks later, two Meyer assistants are on the verge of joining Strong’s staff.

Cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford has been offered the defensive coordinator’s position with the Cardinals. He was in South Florida recruiting for the Gators on Monday, but he is expected to make his decision to leave official later in the week.

Running backs coach Kenny Carter, who dodged questions about his interest in Louisville after the Sugar Bowl last Friday, has been offered the running backs coach position at Louisville. He is expected to reach a decision on whether to take the job or stay at Florida by the weekend, Strong told The Sun on Monday night. reported Monday night that UF commitment Mack Brown, a top running back from Georgia, said Carter had told him he was leaving the UF staff.

The Sun could not confirm reports Monday night that UF has hired a new special teams and linebackers coach — Stanford special teams and defensive ends coach D.J. Durkins, who started his coaching career at Bowling Green, where Meyer was the head coach in 2001-2002.

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