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Former Cincy DC Tresey interviews

Posted Feb 21, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Feb 21, 2009 at 01:05 AM

Former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, who was fired last week by Bearcats coach Brian Kelly, interviewed with University of South Florida coach Jim Leavitt for the vacant USF defensive coordinator position.

Tresey did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

Tresey spent the past two seasons with the Bearcats, but was fired by Kelly reportedly for pursuing the defensive coordinator’s job at Miami. Before coming to Cincinnati, Tresey also worked with Kelly at Central Michigan. A 1982 Ohio State graduate, Tresey also previously was defensive coordinator at Georgia Southern.

USF is seeking replacements for Wally Burnham, Greg Gregory and Troy Douglas, who were last year’s defensive and offensive coordinators and secondary coach, respectively.

McKEEFERY HONORED: Ronnie McKeefery, USF’s strength and conditioning assistant AD for strength, was honored as the collegiate strength and condition coach of the year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society Friday in Indianapolis. McKeefery has been at USF since 2000.

“I am extremely honored that such a recognized organization would even nominate me let alone pick me a as winner,” McKeefery said. “I told our coaches and players that it is more a reflection on them than it is of me.

“It is neat for me personally. I came here 10 seasons ago and we’ve been able to build this thing up. I have been able to see this program go from a one coach, 2,000 square foot weight room to a five coach, 11,000 square foot weight room. You see the things we’ve been able to do on the field as well as the things I’ve be able to do across the country in terms of speaking and clinics, it’s a neat feeling.”

Reader Comments

Por (Nabeel Mulla) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Without knowing too much about him, Tresey sounds like he may be a good candidate to replace Burnham.  Cincinnati has been tough on defense recently.  With the exception of the Oklahoma blow out last year, they only gave up around 16 pts. per game.  Regardless of who is hired, this is going to be a tough year for USF.  I predict the message boards will be crazier than ever this season.

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Por (Hector Jimenez) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I agree with you Nabeel….Tressy would be a great choice to lead the Defense but to also let us in on the Kelly way of thinking.  He has worked with him at two different places so he has seen plenty of offensive formations from Kelly….so nothing wrong with gaining an extra advantage when playing a BE team, especially this one I can’t recell the last time we beat them - BE or CUSA.

Thanks for the story Brett.

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Por (Dan) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Cincy’s been doing a LOT of things right lately. There’s an old saying: “If you can’t beat ‘em, BUY ‘em.” Cincy has owned us the last few years. We need to give this guy serious consideration. A gain to us and a loss to them is a swing of +2 to us, plus a lot of inside info on a tough BE team. Can we also hire somebody from Rutgers and Pitt, please?

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Por (Dan) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett, I fear that the low salaries for USF’s assistants are causing some of our hardships. What’s thye best way to increase that pool of $$$? Increased alimni donations, or hiring guys from other programs who already make good money? For example, could USF hire a DC who is making $400k if one were interested, or is our budget for a DC set and not flexible? Who controls that - the AD or the Prez? Does Leavitt have input into it?

Thanks.

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Por (Rich) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Dan,

the best way to increase the assistants pool is for Leavitt to take a pay cut. He made $275k more than the average BE HC this year. We haven’t finished above average in this conference so no reason why he should make above average. Charlie Strong at UF made $300k last year in base pay. We don’t have to pay much more than we payed Burnham ($220K) to attract good coaches. Leavitt determines how the assistants pool is distributed.

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Por (Noel Negron) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I hope that he makes it in.  I was on one of the Bearcats’ boards and everyone had nothing but good things to say about Coach Tresey.  Their lost would be our gain.

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Por (Patrick O'Rourke) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett…

Why didn’t you state in this blog post that Mr. Tresey was blessed by the opportunity of even being considered by USF, the best football program in the history of the universe?

Why do you hate the Bulls?

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Dan, Leavitt had $1.19 million to divide between his nine full-time assistants last year. That figure goes up to $1.29 million for the 2009-10 school year. So having to replace Burnham ($220K), Gregory ($160K) and Douglas ($130K), that gives him $510,000 plus the additional $100K for a total of $610,000 to divide between the three new assistants, minus any raises he gives to the remaining six assistants. So if each current assistant got a $20,000 raise (a conservative estimate), that would leave Leavitt with $490,000 to pay a new DC, a WR coach (if Canales is promoted to OC) and a DB coach. And I don’t foresee Leavitt taking a pay cut. Patrick, I couldn’t fit that in because of space limitations.

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Por (thill) on February 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I understand that Leavitt never thought that Burnham would actually leave. Now he is deeply regretting he didn’t go in and fight for him. Here is a scenario…you are one top 117 companies in the country in your particular business,you have an employee who is among the top 30 ranked producers, he is pursued…you just let him go. This is what happened at USF. Poor management from Genshaft on down.

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Por (Randal Clement) on February 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hey Brett,
I heard Joe Tresey interviewed for a LB Coahing position and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler interviewed for the DC position. Have you heard anything else about the possible coaching canidates and status of filling the OC and DC positions?

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on February 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Randal, I posted an update on another blog post at/near top of page. Thanks.

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