Charley Pell, coach of the Gator Bowl-bound Clemson Tigers, will succeed Doug Dickey as University of Florida head football coach, University President Robert Q. Marston announced yesterday.
Pell, 37, compiled an 18-4-1 record in two years at Clemson and has a 51-17-2 overall coaching record.
Meanwhile, Vanderbilt hired George MacIntyre, the defensive coordinator at Mississippi, to replace its fired coach, Fred Pancoast.
Late last night, Don Fambrough, who four years ago was forced out as Kansas coach, said he was given a four-year contract to return, succeeding the fired Bud Moore. The school had scheduled a press conference today to announce a new coach.
"Pell is a young man of proven ability," Marston said. "Most of all, I believe that he has the best change in this very chancy business to mobilize effective support for our football program for the University of Florida."
Pell, a University of Alabama alumnus, took a team that was 3-6-2 in 1976 and turned it around to a team that went 8-3-1 in 1977 and 10-1 so far this season. He was named ACC coach of the year in both 1977 and 1978.
In Boulder, Colo., Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne and his wife met eight hours with University of Colorado officials about the vacant job there. Osborne reportedly is Colorado's No. 1 choice to replace Bill Mallory. In Lincoln, Neb., an Osborne assistant indicated that a decision to move Would be made by Thursday.