Hamdan leaves Florida staff

GatorCountry.com has been able to confirm with sources close to the team a report that Bush Hamdan will be leaving the Florida Gators’ football team.

Hamdan, who was the interim receivers coach at Florida this season, is expected to accept a job coaching receivers at Arkansas State for new head coach Bryan Harsin, who spent 10 seasons coaching at Boise State. The story first appeared on the coaching search.com.

According to one source, Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease was instrumental in getting Hamdan the job. Hamdan played quarterback and worked as a graduate assistant at Boise State.

Gators coach Will Muschamp said Hamdan will stay on with the team until Wednesday, when No. 3 Florida plays No. 22 Louisville in the Sugar Bowl at 8:30 p.m.

Hamdan spent the past season serving as interim receivers’ coach at Florida after Aubrey Hill’s suddenly resigned on Aug. 2, citing personal reason. Florida hired Joker Phillips on Dec. 3.

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Mike Capshaw brings a wealth of experience to the Gator Country team. He’s been overseeing all editorial aspects of GatorCountry.com and Gator Country magazine by managing our team of staffers, interns and freelancers. He is now moving into a bigger role as a reporter by covering the football and basketball beats as well as providing coverage of all sports on campus. Mike’s 15 years in the business has included more than six years of covering SEC sports and recruiting at a daily newspaper in Arkansas. He has also helped launch a newspaper, magazines, websites and even a sports talk radio show. Because Mike puts family ahead of his career, he left the place where he was established when his wife received an opportunity to further her career at UF. He took a leap of faith that he could find a job in the Gainesville area and worked for a year at a newspaper group before joining the Gator Country family in November, 2011. Mike has won Florida Press Association awards for Best Sports Game Story and Best Sports Feature Story in the past two years as well as a company-wide award at his former newspaper group that includes some 60 publications, for Excellence in Sports Reporting. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeCapshawGC.