No UF offer for Bell

It appears Jacksonville University football coach Kerwin Bell is not in the running for a job at UF. The Associated Press

Published: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.

Contrary to reports and speculation out of Jacksonville, Kerwin Bell has not been offered a position on Will Muschamp's Florida coaching staff.

Sources close to both sides of the situation, confirmed to The Sun on Friday that Bell, the Jacksonville University coach and former UF quarterback, has not been offered the offensive coordinator's position or the quarterbacks' coach position on the staff.

Sources close to Bell said it appears unlikely at this point that an offer will be made to Bell.

The number of potential candidates for the job seems to be dwindling, leading to speculation that interim offensive coordinator Brian White, the running backs coach, will be promoted to full-time coordinator. But at this point, sources say, the job has not been offered to anyone yet, including White.

Muschamp said after the Jan. 2 Gator Bowl that there is no timetable to hire a new offensive coordinator. He said the important thing is to find the best fit for the job.

Sources confirmed that Bell had about a four-hour interview with Muschamp on the JU campus the week before the Gators arrived in Jacksonville to practice for the Gator Bowl. Bell also attended every UF practice on the JU campus.

But according to sources, there have been no further conversations about the job between Bell and Muschamp.

The day before the Gator Bowl game, sources said it appeared that New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, a former UF quarterback, had emerged as a leading candidate for the job and chances were good a deal would be struck after Jan. 2.

But with so many head coaching jobs coming open in the NFL, Schottenheimer has taken his name out of consideration for the UF job, sources said.

Another potential candidate apparently now out of play is Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, who also was considered for the same position at Wisconsin. Norvell said earlier in the week that he will remain at OU.

One name still on the UF list, along with White, is Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease. He took over as Boise State's offensive coordinator this past season after being the Broncos' wide receivers coach the previous five seasons. Pease has also been an offensive coordinator at Baylor, Kentucky and Montana.

As for Bell, there is a chance he could emerge as a candidate for the vacant offensive coordinator's position at Auburn. Bell and AU coach Gene Chizik were friends and walk-on teammates at Florida in the early 1980s.

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