Report: Steve Addazio Fired, Major Applewhite Takes Over As Gators OC

Neil ShulmanCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2010

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According to numerous reports, Steve Addazio is gone following the Outback Bowl. Florida will have to watch his idiocy one last time. But bear with me, Gator fans. BECAUSE ADDAZIO IS GONE!

This time, my source is much more credible. Try SB Nation and the Gainesville Sun.




Texas's Major Applewhite will be Florida's new play-caller.

Applewhite coached Colt McCoy at Texas to where he is now: in the pros. Could he do the same with John Brantley?

In addition to Texas, Applewhite also served as OC with Alabama, Rice and shared the duties at Syracuse, but this will be his first OC experience with a spread offense—if he chooses to run it.

That's really the main thing that isn't certain: what offense Florida will run next year. Will they work with Brantley and tweak the offense the way Urban Meyer said he would do but was then talked out of it by Addazio? Or will they resort to Jordan Reed and Trey Burton and the old Tim Tebow spread?

I feel for Texas, though. There are a lot of high profile teams across the nation that I hate because it's fun to root for a major upset, but Texas isn't one of them. I have nothing against the Horns at all. But this absolutely sucks- losing their defensive coordinator/ head coach in waiting, and then their assistant head coach. And although they are a hot place for hot coaches, they have quite a few gaps to fill.

But what I loved most is that Florida announced the hiring of Will Muschamp just before Newton received the Heisman.

As they should have.

Damned guy deserves it.

And right after he won, but before the news could spread, Major Applewhite was listed as Will Muschamp's guy.

Look, I love Coach Meyer. But if this is the only way to get rid of Steve Addazio, then I'm all for it.

The two of them together just aren't that good.

Now, the first order of business is to teach Muschamp how to do a big ol' Gator Chomp.

Next, we teach him how to beat Georgia—and then rub Mark Richt's face into it.

And finally, we teach him how to trounce FSU in his first year.

With Addazio gone, anything is possible.