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Brown out of running at USF

Posted Mar 1, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Mar 1, 2009 at 05:58 PM

And the search for a University of South Florida defensive coordinator continues.

Colorado secondary coach Greg Brown, the latest to interview for the defensive coordinator position at the University of South Florida, will remain with the Buffaloes.

Brown is the fourth to interview with Leavitt for the position and third to turn down an offer to replace Wally Burnham as USF’s defensive coordinator. Brown would have been USF’s co-defensive coordinator with another individual currently not on USF’s staff.

Brown could not immediately be reached for comment.

Brown interviewed with Leavitt in Tampa on Friday. He has been at Colorado the past three seasons.

Reader Comments

Por (Steve) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

He must’ve had some strong ties to Colorado, he was looking at doubling his salary.

In the end, I didn’t like the offer to begin with. Colorado’s secondary is pretty mediocre, so it doesn’t reflect well upon him.

The previous statement was said with the ambition of actually attaining a DC who is worth his weight, which seems like an ambition that USF does not share.

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Por (Nabeel Mulla) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Glad to hear it.  Who’s next?

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Por (Steve) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Greg notes that, “Brown, who met with Leavitt on Friday, was not offered the coordinator position outright, and opted to stay in his native Colorado, where he has coached for the past three seasons.”

Any idea what this is about Brett? What was he offered exactly?

I wouldn’t leave a position I’m comfortable with unless the promotion was sure thing, in this case, it doesn’t seem to be that.

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Por (mike, orlando) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I am assuming his salary was not going to be doubled if Burnham’s salary was 220,000 as coordinator. And CJL is bringing in co-coordinators, I would venture to guess that he will combine Burrnham and Douglass’ salary and divide between the 2 co-coordinators in some way. Given that he probably needs to look outside a BCS school, and definitely not at a current BSC coordinator of any sort.

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Por (Randy Holm) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

he was offered a promotion, It was as co- Def Coord.

Also Brett any idea on when the 11-14 Big East Tourney game is? USF locked up the 14 seed.

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Por (mike,Orlando) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I would say the not outright is in reference to the co-coordinator. Brett you say “another individual not currently on the staff”. Am I out of line to assume you have an idea of who the other coordinator will be. Or are you just saying the other coordinator will not come from within.

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Por (Nabeel Mulla) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

What did I miss?  When did this become a search for a co-coordinator?

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Por (Steve) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I must’ve been blind, or Brett added that in after my comment.

Makes sense sort of. USF isn’t seen as a top tier school in athletics and plays in a wuss conference. co-DC isn’t exactly a great enough promotion for some people. Especially when, as noted, the salary implications of being a co-DC come into play.

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Por (Hector Jimenez) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mickey Mouse Operation…..does anyone want this job? 

This is becoming embarrassing and frustrating….are we not a BCS school?

Leavitt’s time is numbered at USF and you can mark the 2008 season as the beginning of the end.

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Por (mike, Orlando) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Randy,
Don’t think he was offered a promotion. I understood he is already pass defense coordinator at Colorado. So coming here as co-coordinator would be more of a lateral move.

Steve- Only since you asked…but you were momentarily blinded I guess. It was there when I first read it.

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Randy, 11 vs. 14 Big East tourney game is at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Mike, I don’t know what his salary would have been, but Leavitt has $530K (that’s Burnham, Gregory and Douglas’ salary minus $80K that new WR coach got) to pay his DC and DB coach plus give raises to remaining six assistants. So there’s a lot of room to work it however he wants to. Mike, the other candidate is not on the staff.

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Por (Phil Canto) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

OK, this is getting absurd…I’m with you Hector.

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Por (Manny C) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett-following your blog since WB left, and I have to correct a comment I know to be untrue, since I have been close to the football program since the beginning. The notion that JL runs the D is untrue. When he 1st came to USF, The KSU D was run, but for the past 7-8yrs, Kravitz’s & Burnham’s system has been in place. JL doesn’t know the package. Fans & admin. should ask Why hasnt McCarney or Kravitz called & applied for the opening? Why does the list of candidates not reflect that of a supposedly Top 25 school? 220,000 is alot of money in any conference. What do you think?

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Manny, McCarney wouldn’t leave Florida for USF. He just recommended Burnham for the Iowa State job, so in his mind Iowa State is a better job than USF’s (and McCarney was head coach at Iowa State) so he wouldn’t come back to USF. Was that confusing enough? Kravitz left USF to go to N.C. State and Leavitt was pretty upset about it. I doubt Leavitt would turn to Kravitz and I’m not so sure if Kravitz would want to return either.

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Por (manny c) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

the fact those guys aren’t at USF anymore and apparently wouldn’t come back must say something about JL’s style..like how he treats people? The original staff started jumpimg ship in 2005 when Earl & Rick left, then 2006, Frey, Smith.  The program doesn’t seem to be able to turn the corner under JL

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Por (Timmy TooTuff) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett, your salary figure also doesn’t take into consideration any raise that chico is going to receive with his promotion,

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Por (mike,orlando) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The current guys on defensive side of the ball require that a VERY strong candidate fill the DC position. I am not saying that they are not good coaches but Patrick is young and really one year of coaching experience and Hendrix(sp?)I think was hired more on his recruiting abilities. I think finding someone to fill Burnham’s shoes is hard…not just for his coaching. But since he has left I have heard how well he related to the coaches and players. And that he was very well respected on every level. He did a great job as asst hc as well as DC apparently.

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Timmy, it does. I wrote: “Leavitt has $530K (that’s Burnham, Gregory and Douglas’ salary minus $80K that new WR coach got) to pay his DC and DB coach plus give raises to remaining six assistants.” Canales is one of the remaining six assistants.

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Por (Growler Bull) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brrrrrr…...somebody let me know when we finally hire a couple coaches.

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Por (Patrick O'Rourke) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

This is a joke.

Leavitt & Woolard need another sidekick so they can be appropriately dubbed “The Three Stooges.”

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