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What about Kerwin Bell, a former Florida quarterback who’s calling plays as a head coach and putting up big points at nearby Jacksonville? Or Texas running backs coach Major Applewhite, who has experience calling plays at Rice (2006) and Alabama (2007)?

“You can fix struggles,” Meyer said. “Florida deserves the best and I’m not sure we gave them my best this year.”

Addazio got much of the blame. He joined Meyer’s staff as tight ends coach in 2005 and has steadily increased his role in the offense. He became offensive line coach in 2007, assistant head coach in 2008, then took over play-calling duties last season.

The Gators haven’t been the same since.

In 2007, Florida averaged 38.1 points and 436.5 yards in conference play. In 2008, scoring increased to 44.9 points while yards dropped slightly to 429 yards a game.

With Tim Tebow returning for his senior season and Addazio taking over the offense in 2009, the Gators averaged 27.6 points and 375 yards. Although points were about the same this season, yards were down considerably.

Whoever Muschamp hires will have some work to do, but there’s talent. The Gators have several starters returning and a verbal commitment from the country’s top-rated quarterback, Jeff Driskel.

“I can assure you we’re going to rebuild this thing and build it up the right way and do it right,” Meyer said before his resignation. “Obviously we’re down a little bit. I didn’t believe we’d be that far down, but we are. So how do you build up a program? I’ve done it a few times and you build it up with tough players and tough coaches.”

(This version CORRECTS Recasts 15th paragraph to remove incorrect reference to Wilson, who is now Indiana’s coach.)