GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is transferring to Louisiana Tech for his final year of college eligibility.

Driskel, who will be a fifth-year senior, will be eligible to play immediately under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.

“I look forward to the upcoming chapter of my life,” Driskel said in a statement released by Florida. “I have nothing but good things to say about the University of Florida and the football program there. ... Although things did not play out on the field as I would have liked, I have no regrets on the choice I made to attend UF.”

Driskel completed 59 percent of his passes for 3,411 yards at Florida, with 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also ran for 644 yards and nine scores.

Also, new Florida coach Jim McElwain added a number of assistants.

Having already hired Doug Nussmeier as offensive coordinator and Geoff Collins as defensive coordinator, McElwain filled several more staff positions Monday.

The biggest name in the group was former Miami coach Randy Shannon, who was hired as associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

McElwain also hired Terrell Williams as defensive line coach and Kirk Callahan as defensive backs coach.

On offense, McElwain retained offensive line coach Mike Summers, hired Greg Nord as tight ends and special teams coach, and hired Tim Skipper as running backs coach.

Mike Kent will serve as director of strength and conditioning.

Mississippi State

DIAZ NEW DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Mississippi State reached into its past to find a new defensive coordinator.

Bulldogs’ coach Dan Mullen confirmed on Monday that Manny Diaz has been hired to replace Geoff Collins, who left the program in December to become defensive coordinator at Florida. Terms of Diaz’s contract were not immediately disclosed.

Sports Illustrated first reported the hire.

This will be Diaz’s second stint with the Bulldogs — he was also the defensive coordinator during the 2010 season when Mississippi State finished with a 9-4 record, including a win over Michigan in the Gator Bowl.


HARBISON FIRED: In Auburn, Ala., Auburn fired co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison in the latest move by coach Gus Malzahn to reshape his defensive staff.

Auburn announced the change Monday on its Web site, two days after hiring former player Travaris Robinson to replace Melvin Smith as cornerbacks coach.

Robinson had been an assistant on new Tigers defensive coordinator Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida.


BIELEMA SAYS SMITH SIGNS NEW CONTRACT: In Fayetteville, Ark., Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said defensive coordinator Robb Smith signed a new contract with the school.

Bielema didn’t elaborate on the new contract length or salary for Smith, but the signing is key for a team that improved from 76th to 10th nationally this season in total defense in their first year under the former Rutgers and Tampa Bay assistant coach.

Smith, 39, was making $500,000 annually and was signed through next season.


BOWLES TRANSFERRING TO CHATTANOOGA: In Knoxville, Tenn., receiver Drae Bowles is transferring from Tennessee to Football Championship Subdivision program Chattanooga.

Chattanooga athletic department spokesman Jay Blackman confirmed Monday that Bowles was coming to the Mocs. The (Chattanooga) Times Free Press first reported the news.


LUDWIG HIRED AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: In Nashville, Tenn., Andy Ludwig is taking over as offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt after two seasons in that role at Wisconsin.

Vanderbilt announced the hire Monday in a university release that also indicated head coach Derek Mason would call the Commodores’ defensive alignments next season.