Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
  • Home

CU’s Brown latest to get DC offer

Posted Feb 27, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Feb 27, 2009 at 11:27 PM

Greg Brown, a 15-year NFL assistant coaching veteran who has been at the University of Colorado the past three seasons, is the latest to have been offered the University of South Florida’s defensive coordinator position.

It’s the second time USF coach Jim Leavitt has dipped into the Big 12 Conference in search of a new defensive coordinator. Brown, 50, is at least the third individual offered the position, along with Illinois co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler.

Brown interviewed Friday in Tampa with Leavitt. Brown could not be reached for comment.

For the past three seasons at CU, Brown has been the Buffs’ secondary coach, including the past two years as CU’s defensive passing game coordinator.

In 2008, CU led the Big 12 Conference in pass defense, allowing 215 yards a game, but that ranked only 72nd nationally. CU ranked fifth in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense and 73rd nationally.

In 2007, CU was ninth in the Big 12 in pass defense, allowing 261 yards a game, ranking 103rd nationally. CU ranked sixth in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense and 63rd nationally.

Before coming to Colorado, Brown was a defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints from 2002-05. He was an assistant with six different NFL teams totally 15 years, including the Tampa Bay Bucs from 1984-86.

His other college coaching experience includes Colorado (1991-93), Purdue (1989-90) and Wyoming (1987-88). He is a 1980 UTEP graduate.

Besides Disch and Ekeler, former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Joe Tresey interviewed for the position. East Carolina defensive coordinator Greg Hudson and Iowa State secondary coach Chris Ash also were considered as replacements for long-time USF coordinator Wally Burnham, but neither interviewed or was offered the position.

Reader Comments

Por (Steve) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Awesome job Leavitt. Totally warranted my defending of you to Patrick…

At any rate, let’s hope this is merely a bargaining chip for getting Tresey to accept lower pay…..

Suggest removal

Por (Nabeel Mulla) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Nice resume.  Those were certainly the glory years of the Bucs back in the mid 80’s.

Suggest removal

Por (Dan) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I…. can’t get excited about this guy.

I think the Cincy guy might be a better pick, a net swing of +2 for USF (Cincy loses 1, we gain 1)

But I am happy about the abundance of talent that has shown interest in our program. We may not have gotten a big splash names but there were a few that showed interest. There was a lot of talent that was interested. That was impressive.

I think whoever we get will be better than they were because of all the talent we have and can get in this area, so hold on for a wild ride

Suggest removal

Por (Hector Jimenez) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Now here is a BIG name….after reading his bio this guy is a much better fit than Disch! 

His defenses seem to be ball hawks at the secondary which could cause teams to run more often than not and result in more turnovers or TFL by our front seven, and that is our strength. 

Thanks for the update Brett.

Suggest removal

Por (JoeP) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett, can you explain why you continue to say that Ekeler was offered the job, while Ekeler says he wasn’t?

Suggest removal

Por (Perry Lerner) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I think you guys just have to give up on Tresey.  You would have to think he and Leavitt’s defensive philosophy don’t match and therefore we have moved on.

There were some interesting names on the list of applicants that are defensive coordinators at small schools.

At this point it seems Leavitt interviews the guy and offers the guy. If doesn’t accept we go to the next guy and follow the routine.  At least we are looking for coaches from BCS schools.

I look forward the when the process is over and hopefully everyone will happy Bulls again.

Suggest removal

Por (Brett McMurphy) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

JoeP, because I spoke to three individuals that spoke directly to Ekeler and he told them he was offered the job. I haven’t seen where Ekeler denied he was offered the job. Plus I wouldn’t expect him to admit that to the media because of his relationship with Leavitt.

Suggest removal

Por (James) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Ekeler said that both he and Leavitt agreed it was not a good fit according to this report:

http://my.journalstar.com/post/lifeinthered/ekeler_i_got_a_great_job.html

Suggest removal

Por (Hector Jimenez) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

My guess is that Demearest is going to be the DBs coach but is the announcement won’t be made until after someone, anyone accepts the DC job. 

So if Brown accepts I hope we have are staff finished with Demearest being named as well.

Suggest removal

Por (Patrick O'Rourke) on February 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

BOO-YEAH, JoeP!

Thinking you know more than Brett…..don’t come around here with that weak crap.

Suggest removal

Por (Steve O'Neal) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett talked to some people that talked to Ekeler. Brett didn’t talk to Ekeler personally, so he doesn’t “know” for sure. His “opinion” that Ekeler was not being truthful in his public response because of his relationship with CJL, is just that, an OPINION. Maybe Ekeler was trying to save face with his friends or maybe they were doing the same for their friend. Maybe Ekeler was being truthful with the media in his response. Maybe he didn’t want the USF to dispute him if he did say publicly that he was offered the job. We don’t know the the behind the scenes facts, yet Brett reports hearsay as fact over a person’s public statement. BOO YEAH, Patrick!

Suggest removal

Por (Steve O'Neal) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett talked to some people that talked to Ekeler. Brett didn’t talk to Ekeler personally, so he doesn’t “know” for sure. His “opinion” that Ekeler was not being truthful in his public response because of his relationship with CJL, is just that, an OPINION. Maybe Ekeler was trying to save face with his friends or maybe they were doing the same for their friend. Maybe Ekeler was being truthful with the media in his response. Maybe he didn’t want the USF to dispute him if he did say publicly that he was offered the job. We don’t know the the behind the scenes facts, yet Brett reports hearsay as fact over a person’s public statement. BOO YEAH, Patrick!

Suggest removal

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

Steve, probably 90 percent of assistant “job offers” are verbal. So technically even Disch wasn’t “offered” the job, even though Illinois’ Ron Zook released a statement that Disch was staying. USF can say no one has been offered the job, because technically there has been no written contract offers. But bottom line, Ekeler would be at USF if he wanted to be. He had the “offer” or “opportunity,” if you prefer it to be called to be coordinator or co-coordinator. The reason he isn’t? Ekeler told some coaches that he is close with that he “got 20 calls from around the country telling me not to take it.” Now will Ekeler ever say that to the media, absolutely not. Did he confide that information to his friends, yes.

Suggest removal

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

<<BOO-YEAH, JoeP!

Thinking you know more than Brett…..don’t come around here with that weak crap. >>

Um, grow up.  I’m not like some of you around here that think they know who the best person for a job is even though they don’t know squat about college football.  I can read, however, and was reading two apparently conflicting reports. 

Thank you, Brett, for clarifying.

Suggest removal
Page 1 of 1 pages

Post a comment

Members:

(Requires free registration.)




Auto-login on future visits

Show my name in the online users list

Forgot your password?


Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.