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Former Pitt Player Teryl Austin Hospitalized Before Outback Bowl

Former Pitt player and current defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators, Teryl Austin, has been hospitalized with an apparent case of mild gastritis. He was not at practice on Tuesday, but according to the Gators' Athletic Director, Jeremy Foley, he should be fine and is expected to be back to participate in the Outback Bowl game against Penn State:

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Austin, who was not at practice Tuesday, underwent tests and was diagnosed with mild gastritis before being released Tuesday night. Gastritis is an inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the lining of the stomach.

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

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Austin was a defensive back for the Panthers in the late 1980s. His name has been forgotten for some time now, but he surfaced as a potential candidate for Pitt's head coaching job in the wake of Dave Wannstedt leaving the program. it's not certain how strongly he was considered for the job, but he is also a possible candidate to take the defensive coordinator position at Texas following the bowl game.

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