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Friday August 3, 2012 Gators receivers coach Hill resigns; Pease and Hamdan to take over coaching receivers

Updated: 10:11am, August 3

Aubrey Hill

Photo: Gators receivers coach Aubrey Hill, who has resigned, congratulating Andre Debose last season.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gators wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill has resigned for personal reasons.

Florida coach Will Muschamp announced Hill’s resignation Friday morning.

“Aubrey informed me he was resigning for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the University of Florida,’’ Muschamp said. “Aubrey didn’t want to be a distraction to our team and our football program and he thought it was best for him to move on.

“I appreciate Aubrey’s efforts and wish him the best moving forward. He will always remain a Gator.”

Muschamp said offensive coordinator Brent Pease and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan will coach receivers following Hill's departure.

Hamdan was a back-up quarterback at Boise State from 2005-08 while Pease was the Broncos’ receivers coach and assistant head coach. Hamdan came to Florida in January after spending last season as tight ends coach at Sacramento State.

“Coach Hamdan played quarterback for Coach Pease at Boise State and is the most familiar of anyone on our staff with the terminology and philosophy of Coach Pease’s offense,’’ Muschamp said. “We feel like this is a good plan for the fall and I will make a decision in December about moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Hill departs after returning to his alma mater in January 2011 as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

“I have too much love and respect for this program to become a distraction as I deal with some personal issues,’’ Hill said in a prepared statement. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to have worked with Coach Muschamp, a tremendous staff and great group of players. The future is very bright here and the University of Florida will always have a special place in my heart. Go Gators.”

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Florida Wide Receivers Coach Aubrey Hill Resigns

 GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida Wide Receiver Coach Aubrey Hill has resigned, head coach Will Muschamp announced Friday. 

“Aubrey informed me he was resigning for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the University of Florida,” said Muschamp. “Aubrey didn’t want to be a distraction to our team and our football program and he thought it was best for him to move on. I appreciate Aubrey’s efforts and wish him the best of luck moving forward. He will always remain a Gator.” 

“I have too much love and respect for this program to become a distraction as I deal with some personal issues,” Hill said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to have worked with Coach Muschamp, a tremendous staff and great group of players. The future is very bright here and the University of Florida will always have a special place in my heart. Go Gators.” 

Offensive coordinator Brent Pease and former Graduate Assistant Bush Hamdan will coach the wide receivers. 

“I feel confident that Coach Pease and Coach Hamdan will step right in and provide the wide receivers with the coaching and teaching they need to be successful,” said Muschamp. “Coach Pease was very involved with the wide receivers during the Spring and has 10 years of experience coaching wideouts, including five at Boise State. 

“Coach Hamdan played quarterback for Coach Pease at Boise State and is the most familiar of anyone on our staff with the terminology and philosophy of Coach Pease’s offense. He played a key role in installing our offense this past Spring. We feel like this is a good plan for the fall and I will make a decision in December about moving forward.” 

Hamdan served as the Tight Ends coach at Sacramento State before joining the Gator football office in January of 2012. He also interned for the Maryland Coaching staff during the 2010 season. 

Hamdan was a back-up quarterback at Boise State from 2005-08 and was awarded the 2008 Bronco Excellence Award as a senior. 

A highly-decorated high school quarterback, Hamdan was a member of the Super 44 Prep Team and All-Metro in Washington, D.C. During his prep career, he passed for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.

The Gaithersburg, Md., native graduated from Boise State with a bachelor's in communications in 2008. He went on to complete his master's in athletic administration from Idaho State.

His brother, Gibran, was a five-year NFL veteran and a seventh-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2003.

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