Cardinals DB coach interviewing with UF


The National Football Post reported late Tuesday night that Arizona Cardinals defensive back coach Teryl Austin would be in Gainesville, likely today, to interview for the Gators’ vacant defensive coordinator’s position. The NFP attributed the information to an NFL source.

As UF has done throughout coaching searches under Urban Meyer, virtually no information is coming out on the process from Florida’s end.

Smith has been the Cardinals’ secondary coach for the past three seasons. Before that, he held the same responsibility for three years with the Seattle Seahawks. He has coached in two Super Bowls.

UF interim head coach Steve Addazio is heading up the search for a new defensive coordinator. The job opened when George Edwards surprised UF by accepting the defensive coordinator’s job with the Buffalo Bills last week, less than a month after he was hired by Meyer.

Another name that has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Edwards is Clemson co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison.

It appears UF will name a new defensive coordinator in the next day or two.


  1. Teryl Austin is a great coach and it was a good idea, but a guy with his level of experience simply is not going to come in and “subordinate” himself to Heater’s system, particularly if he rises or falls with the results. Harbison likely feels the same way, but, further, does not appear to be at the station in life where this position holds that much appeal–yes, our program is a major step up from Clemson, but from what I understand from friends at Miss State, he does not have head coach ambitions (which, as Strong demonstrated, this is a great springboard for that) and is reported to really love Clemson (sources in Gainesville tell me that he is not even willing to travel down here to talk in person)—my instincts tell me that neither of those guys take the job and we are back at the drawing board– who is next in line for consideration?