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January 6, 2014
Mike Summers hired as offensive line coach
Florida has taken another step toward salvaging one of college football's worst offenses from 2013. After going vacant since Tim Davis was fired Dec. 1, the Gators' offensive line coaching job has been filled by Mike Summers.
"I'm excited to have coach Summers join our staff," UF coach Will Muschamp said in an official statement. "He has 34 years of experience, has been an offensive coordinator for 15 years and has coached in the SEC. He has a diverse background and has experience in the NFL. He will be a great addition to our staff."
Summers spent 2012 as the offensive line coach at Southern California. He has made three separate stops in the SEC, most recently as offensive line coach and running game coordinator on Joker Phillips' staff at Kentucky from 2010-2012. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UK in 1980 and also served on Bobby Petrino's Arkansas staff in 2008 and 2009.
He followed Petrino from Arkansas to the Atlanta Falcons before his second stop in the SEC.
At 57, Florida will be the 11th school at which Summers has coached. That includes 15 years as an offensive coordinator that took him from Northern Illinois to Oregon State to the University of the South from 1985 to 1999. In his only positional job other than the offensive line, Summers coached tight ends at Oklahoma State in 2000.
"I'm honored to be joining coach Muschamp and his staff," said Summers. "I have the utmost respect for coach Muschamp, the staff and the support system in place. Having been in the SEC, I have always held the Florida program in high regard and I'm looking forward to getting right to work."
Summers becomes the 10th assistant Muschamp has hired at Florida with whom he has no previous work experience alongside.
Only two SEC teams allowed more sacks than the Gators in 2013. Florida had the second-worst rushing offense in the conference.