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Florida finalizes its coaching staff with 2 hires – an OL coach and a secondary coach

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Florida finalized its coaching staff Saturday, hiring an offensive line coach and a secondary coach.

The new line coach is Brad Davis, who had held the same position at North Texas. The new secondary coach is Corey Bell, who had been secondary coach at USF for two weeks. Davis replaces Mike Summers, who left for the same job at Louisville in January. Bell replaces Torrian Gray, who was announced as the Washington Redskins’ secondary coach on Saturday.

The quick turnaround on the Gray departure/Bell hiring means Florida knew Gray was leaving. At the same time, Gray’s decision had to be made recently, as there would’ve been no reason for Bell to go to USF had UF approached him in early January.

Bell spent the past two seasons as Florida Atlantic’s secondary coach. Bell, a Miami native who played cornerback at South Carolina, is a former longtime south Florida high school coach who was director of football operations at Miami from 2007-10, when UF defensive coordinator Randy Shannon was coach. Bell also was a teammate of Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph at South Carolina.

Davis, a former starting offensive lineman at Oklahoma for Bob Stoops, is a native of Baton Rouge, La., who had been offensive line coach at East Carolina for one season before moving to North Texas. He also has been a line coach at FCS programs Portland State and James Madison.

Both ECU and North Texas played Florida in Gainesville when Davis was on their staffs.

Friday, Florida announced that JaJuan Seider had been hired as an assistant. As with Bell, he is a south Florida native. Seider is known for his recruiting ties in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Bell has extensive recruiting ties in Miami-Dade.

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