New Gator coach eyes defensive coordinators

Coach Napier has his eyes on two excellent defensive coaches

Reports have surfaced indicating that two candidates have emerged to fill the role of defensive coordinator on new Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier’s staff.

According to Carl Reed of 247Sports, Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and Houston defensive coordinator Doug Belk stand atop Napier’s choices to fill the Gators’ vacancy at the same position.

Knowles, 56, has extensive experience as a defensive signal-caller within the collegiate ranks. He also brings head coach thing experience as the head coach at Cornell for six years from 2004-09. Since then, Knowles has been the defensive coordinator at both Duke (2010-2017) and most recently Oklahoma State (2018-present).

Belk, the defensive coordinator, associate head coach and safeties coach at Houston has also had plenty of success as a defensive play-caller, though he recently shed the “co” title this season, holding it at Houston for two years prior in 2019-20 along with the team’s safety coach.

Either would be a great pick frankly.

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