Hill resigns from UF post

Florida quarterback John Brantley talks with wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill against the Furman Paladins during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Nov. 19. Hill has resigned his post at UF.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Friday, August 3, 2012 at 9:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 3, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.

On the day Florida opened preseason camp, the Gators found themselves without their wide receivers coach.

Aubrey Hill, who has been connected to the NCAA scandal at Miami while he was the wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator for the Hurricanes (2008-10), resigned Friday, UF coach Will Muschamp said.

Hill is one of a handful of former UM coaches recently named in new allegations involving rogue UM booster Nevin Shapiro and the cheating scandal in Miami.

"Aubrey informed me he was resigning for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the University of Florida," Muschamp said in a UF release. "Aubrey didn't want to be a distraction to our team and our football program and he thought it was best for him to move on. I appreciate Aubrey's efforts and wish him the best of luck moving forward. He will always remain a Gator."

Muschamp said after Friday’s afternoon practice that Hill’s decision to resign came as a surprise to him and left the players stunned.

“(The players are) obviously disappointed,” Muschamp said. “Aubrey is a good man, good football coach, good guy and a great Gator.

“He felt like this was something he needed to do and that’s what he did. We’ll be all right.”

Hill, a standout wide receiver for the Gators in the early 1990s, also served as the Gators’ recruiting coordinator.

"I have too much love and respect for this program to become a distraction as I deal with some personal issues," Hill said. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to have worked with Coach Muschamp, a tremendous staff and great group of players. The future is very bright here and the University of Florida will always have a special place in my heart. Go Gators."

With Hill gone, the wide receivers will be coached by offensive coordinator Brent Pease, who held the same responsibility at Boise State, and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan.

"I feel confident that Coach Pease and Coach Hamdan will step right in and provide the wide receivers with the coaching and teaching they need to be successful," Muschamp said "Coach Pease was very involved with the wide receivers during the spring and has 10 years of experience coaching wideouts, including five at Boise State.

"Coach Hamdan played quarterback for Coach Pease at Boise State and is the most familiar of anyone on our staff with the terminology and philosophy of Coach Pease's offense. He played a key role in installing our offense this past spring. We feel like this is a good plan for the fall and I will make a decision in December about moving forward."

All of Florida’s 2013 wide receiver commitments stand by their pledge, except one — St. Petersburg Lakewood’s Rodney Adams.

“Coach Hill played a big role in my commitment,” Adams said.”It’s kind of frustrating that it happened this close to the season.

“I’m going to open up my recruitment, but I’m still committed. I can’t really put a percentage on it because all of this just happened. I’m going to pay close attention to what’s going on at Florida, but at the same time I’m still going to see some other schools. Right now West Virginia and USF are visits I may take.”

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