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Gators seniors leave Addazio emotional

Florida Today
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 06:40 AM
TAMPA -

Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio was emotional Thursday about his final days as a Gator coach. He will leave after Saturday's Outback Bowl game vs. Penn State to be the head coach at Temple.

"My focus and attention right now is on this football team and on the preparation for this game, and really enjoying being around my guys,'' Addazio said. "I just want to talk about the Gators right now, the Gators and my guys."

UF had its annual time to honor seniors after practice Thursday.

"It's pretty emotional, obviously, speaking about the seniors and about your positions and what they've meant to you here,'' Addazio said. "... So, that always makes for a tough week, every year we do that. You get close to these kids and it's hard to say goodbye to them. They are like family to you.''

Addazio declined to discuss any current UF coaches who might go with him to Temple.

Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who spent Monday night in Tampa General Hospital because of abdominal pains that turned out to be mild gastritis, doesn't want to say goodbye to Gainesville.

With Urban Meyer departing and Will Muschamp taking over as head coach, the makeup of the new coaching staff is a mystery. Announcements likely will come early next week.

Austin hasn't talked to Muschamp about staying and confessed wondering about his future hasn't been much fun.

"This is the first time I've ever been someplace just for a year, so that's different,'' said Austin, who spent seven years in the NFL before coming to UF. "But it's part of our profession."

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