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Pitt Football: Former Player Teryl Austin Hospitalized Prior To Outback Bowl

Defensive coordinator and former Pitt DB Teryl Austin (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Defensive coordinator and former Pitt DB Teryl Austin (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Former Panther defensive back and current Florida Gators defensive coordinator, Teryl Austin, has been hospitalized with abdominal pain.

Austin was in Florida for the team's preparation for the Outback Bowl against Penn State. He was taken to a Tampa Hospital to undergo tests and was not at practice on Tuesday.

He played at Pitt in the 1980s and his name was frequently mentioned during Pitt's coaching search prior to the hiring of Mike Haywood after Dave Wannstedt was let go. He is reportedly still in the running to be the new Texas Longhorns' defensive coordinator if he leaves Florida.

The good news is that he will apparently be ready to coach in the bowl game according to the Gainesville Sun. He was apparently diagnosed with mild gastritis and according to Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, he should be fine:

"The word that was coming back to me is that every test was negative and that he's going to be fine," Foley said of Austin's condition.

Like I said, good news all around.