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Posted Feb 18, 2009 by Brett McMurphy
Updated Feb 18, 2009 at 01:38 AM
And then there were three.
University of South Florida secondary coach Troy Douglas will be the third member of USF’s coaching staff to leave in the past six days. Douglas, 43, is expected to resign today from USF to take a similar position at the University of North Carolina.
Last Thursday, USF tight ends coach Greg Gregory, demoted from offensive coordinator, resigned to become offensive coordinator at South Alabama. On Tuesday, defensive coordinator Wally Burnham resigned to become defensive coordinator at Iowa State.
Today, Douglas is expected to announce he’s heading to coach at North Carolina.
When reached Tuesday night, Douglas, 43, would not comment.
Douglas spent the past three seasons at USF, highlighted by the 2007 season when he coached standout cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams.
The loss of Burnham and Douglas leaves only defensive ends coach Kevin Patrick and defensive line coach John Hendrick, both who just completed their first seasons at USF (although Patrick was at USF from 1996-98 before leaving coaching for 10 years), as the only defensive coaches at USF with the start of spring practice less than three weeks away.
On Tuesday, I asked USF coach Jim Leavitt if he expected Burnham to be the final loss from his staff.
“I know other guys have been pursued and are being pursued,” he said. “These guys are good. I’ve been fortunate.
“Hopefully in another week people will be tired of moving. There’s a number of people being talked about. Some guys on our staff, every year they get pursued.
“Guys are offered jobs here every year. It doesn’t matter if you pay a ton of money.”
With the start of spring practice nearing, Leavitt must replace three coaches, including both coordinators, who had spent a combined 16 years at USF.
“Why I’ve been waiting [on naming an offensive coordinator], I was waiting this long, I knew what I was going to do on different things, I’ve known about some things for a while,” Leavitt said. “I knew there would be movement.”
While receivers coach Mike Canales is expected to make a smooth transition as USF’s new offensive coordinator (still no official announcement from USF), replacing Burnham and Douglas could be difficult.
Last season, despite a sub-par Big East showing, USF’s defense still finished No. 10 in the nation, the sixth time in seven seasons a Burnham defense ranked among the nation’s Top 30 defenses.
Leavitt said there was nothing financially USF could have done to keep Burnham, who was USF’s highest paid assistant at $220,000 and the Bulls’ defensive coordinator or co-coordinator the past eight seasons.
“It [Iowa State’s offer] was so far from what we do,” Leavitt said. “We’re pretty competitive [in salaries] in the Big East, but we can’t compete with the SEC and Big 12. That’s a different world.”
WR COACH CANDIDATES? Former Kansas State offensive coordinator Ron Hudson, who worked with Leavitt for one season at K-State, has interviewed. Hudson was at K-State from 1995-2002. In 2003, he was Kentucky’s offensive coordinator but resigned in November 2004 after the Wildcats had the nation’s fourth worst offense.
Two other possibilities are former Bowling Green WR coach Stephen Bird and former Utah State WR coach Greg Stevens. Both Bird and Stevens were part of 2008 coaching staffs who had head coaching changes.
Bird was at Bowling Green in 2007-08. Before that he was Eastern Kentucky’s tight ends/wide receivers coach in 2005-06 and West Virginia’s passing game coordinator in 2001-04.
Stevens was at Utah State from 2005-08. Prior to USU, he was offensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin from 2002-04, an assistant at Arkansas-Monticello from 1999-2001, Snow Junior College defensive backs coach in 1998, Eastern Arizona offensive coordinator from 1995-97 and Mesa State wide receivers coach from 1992-94.