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Georgia still on Jancek’s mind

Posted Mar 2, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Mar 2, 2009 at 02:40 AM

University of South Florida coach Jim Leavitt probably never thought it would be this difficult to find a replacement for defensive coordinator Wally Burnham.

On Sunday, Georgia linebackers coach John Jancek and Colorado secondary coach Greg Brown became the latest assistants to turn down offers to come to USF.

Jancek, 40, has been Georgia’s linebackers coach since 2005. Jancek and Brown were originally being considered as co-defensive coordinators at USF, but Brown turned down the offer from Leavitt early Sunday to stay at Colorado.

After Brown’s decision, Leavitt offered Jancek the defensive coordinator’s position later in the day. By Sunday night, Jancek decided he would remain at Georgia.

On Feb. 1, Jancek received a 7.5 percent raise at Georgia and will earn $163,000 for the 2009-10 season, the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald reported.

Burnham, who was USF’s highest paid assistant last season, made $220,000. It’s unknown how much Leavitt will pay USF’s new coordinator or co-coordinators.

Leavitt also is seeking a replacement for secondary coach Troy Douglas, who went to North Carolina.

Jancek is the fifth individual to interview for either the coordinator or co-coordinator job by Leavitt, joining Brown, Illinois co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch, Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler and former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Joe Tresey. Iowa State secondary coach Chris Ash and East Carolina defensive coordinator Greg Hudson also have been considered.

Reader Comments

Por (Nabeel Mulla) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I would throw my name out there, but I am more offense oriented…

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Por (Patrick O'Rourke) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Yeah….who was the first one to call this?

(go check the other Jancek article)

Let’s just fold the program at this point.  It’s obvious the perception thereof is in the toilet.

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Por (Hector Jimenez) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett….who wants this job?

Candidates are now asking themselves why would I go to USF instead of why shouldn’t I go to USF. 

Is there anyone with any credibility and experience at a BCS school, currently coaching or not, who wants this job?

I know I have mentioned this before but why not reach out to Sylvester Croom?  He has BCS experience, played for a legend in Alabama’s Bryant and coached some pretty good defenses during his stay at Miss. St.  Wouldn’t he be a good candidate and wouldn’t he want to redeem his name after the way he was treated by MSU?

Oh yeah, thanks for the constant bad news on this coaching search…can’t start my day without it!

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Por (Bob Rashad) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

apparently the job is interesting to these guys but once they meet captain prozac they realize it jusat ain’t worth it….get rid of leavitt and send the athletic director with him….there are serious problems with this program

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Por (JoeP) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Realize that two years ago, no coach at a BCS school would dream of even sitting down with Leavitt to interview.  Then realize that Leavitt is setting his sights much higher than ever.  Much like recruiting two or three years ago, we are now in the discussion.  Once we get a quality coach or two to close the deal, it won’t be as difficult the next time.

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Por (mike, Orlando) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Check out the article http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/03/leavitt-to-blame-for-vacancies/


And just because the kid is a jr at USF does not make him less credible. I think he is very accurate on his take of the program. Maybe someone should forward these articles to CJL and Woolard! The truth is embarrassing.

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Por (Patrick O'Rourke) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Nice spin, JoeP.  I’d like to invite you to reality land.

Mike from Orlando, I agree, that was a superb article by Klecic.  This debacle of a interview process has actually been a Godsend.  It shows just how rinky-dink Leavitt is making this program.

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Por (Nabeel Mulla) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Leavitt and the Bulls will come out of this stronger than ever.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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Por (Patrick O'Rourke) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

You’re right, Nabeel.

However, the Roman empire did come crashing down rather quickly.  Their emperor fiddled, errr, wasted a bunch of time interviewing vice-emperor candidates that kept turning him down while Rome burned.

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Por (Nabeel Mulla) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

While I disagree with your sentiment, you did crack me up with that one…

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Por (Dan) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

JoeP got it right.

We are an up and coming program, and interviewing some coaches from well respected schools helps bring out the talent from the lesser known schools. Leavitt will get us a good coach and we will be slapping folks around come September.

Bank on it.

PS, Nabeel, hilarious posts lately!

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Por (Dan) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

“All Leavitt has done is take the Bulls from practice in a field among trailer offices to the Number 2 ranked team. So I’d say they’ve been able to “head in the right direction”.USF coaching positions continue to be among the lowest paying among BCS schools. Losing assistants is nothing new to this program and the pay has historically been a big reason why.The only mistake made there by Leavit was not firing the bum (GG)immediately… As for the new DC search, it’s been whole TWO WEEKS…the DB coach there were times when our DBs needed a map to get back into the play. Jr is complaining about the WRs coach? Who cares, it’s the WRs coach. The Oline coach was head coach at Jefferson HS just a few years ago.”

Wish I’d said that.

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Por (Bob Rashad) on March 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

this WAS an up and coming program and everyone should be congratulated on how fast and far it has risen…but it is now crumbling around itself….it has peaked under leavitt and it is time to make the change….it is too late to do it this year but they need to wipe out the entire staff and take woolard with them…and start fresh from the ground up next year….hope you are going to be happy with 6 wins this year…i will not

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