Florida coach Will Muschamp has interviewed Jacksonville University coach and former Gators quarterback Kerwin Bell for the team’s offensive coordinator job.
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According to a person familiar with the meeting, Muschamp and Bell met on Jacksonville’s campus Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because both coaches wanted to keep the interview private.
Muschamp has been looking for an offensive coordinator since Charlie Weis left to take the head coaching job at Kansas last week.
Bell would seem to be a decent fit, having plenty of play-calling experience, strong ties to the program and a working knowledge of recruiting in the Sunshine State.
Bell has been Jacksonville’s coach for five seasons, leading the Dolphins to a 36-21 record and two Pioneer Football League titles. His 2010 offense led Football Championship Subdivision teams at 486.3 yards per game.
Bell played at Florida from 1984 to 1987, finishing with 7,585 yards passing and 56 touchdowns. Before taking over at Jacksonville, Bell started the football program at Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic High School, went 45-15 in five seasons and won a state title.
Bell’s offenses have been balanced, but there’s no question he likes to throw the ball around. Muschamp passed over Bell last year to hire Weis, a move that did little to improve Florida’s on-the-field performance.
The Gators rank 102nd in the nation in total offense, struggling to move the ball consistently against the best teams in the Southeastern Conference.
It’s unclear whether Muschamp has interviewed anyone else for the coordinator position. He said last week that running backs coach Brian White, who will call plays in the Jan. 2 Gator Bowl against Ohio State, will be considered for the position.
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor also have been mentioned as potential replacements. All of those guys have NFL experience, something Muschamp covets in his assistants.