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The Urban effect

With his penchant for hiring former associates, might Meyer snag Gator coaches?

Updated: November 28, 2011, 2:24 PM ET
By Michael DiRocco | GatorNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Urban Meyer's acceptance of the Ohio State job, as reported on Monday morning, could have an impact on the Florida football program if he tries to convince a couple current UF assistant coaches to go with him to Columbus.

Mickey Marotti, UF's director of strength and conditioning, running backs coach Brian White and linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin are holdovers from Meyer's staff during his six-year tenure in Gainesville (2005-2010). Since Meyer likes to hire assistant coaches with whom he has a prior relationship, it's natural that he could go after all three in the next few weeks.

It may sound surprising, but losing Marotti would actually hurt Florida more than Durkin and White. On the field, anyway.

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