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Illini co-DC Disch; former Eastern Michigan coach Genyk interview

Posted Feb 24, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Feb 24, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Illinois co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch and former Eastern Michigan coach Jeff Genyk interviewed for the University of South Florida defensive coordinator and wide receivers positions, respectively.

Disch, 50, has been at Illinois the past four seasons, the last two as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. In his two seasons as co-coordinator, the Illini ranked 56th nationally in total defense in 2008 and 55th nationally in 2007 when the Illini went to the Rose Bowl after finishing tied for second in the Big 10.

In 2005 and 2006, he was the Illini’s linebackers and special teams coach.

Here are Illinois’ 2008 and 2007 defensive rankings under Disch:

2008 – Total defense (56th nationally, sixth Big 10); rush defense (77th, ninth); passing defense (49th, sixth); scoring defense (67th, ninth).

2007 – Total defense (55th nationally, seventh Big 10); rush defense (36th, fifth); pass defense (83rd, 10th) and scoring defense (26th, fifth).

A Florida State graduate, Disch came to Illinois from the University of Florida, where he spent 2004 as the Gators’ secondary coach and worked with current Illinois coach Ron Zook. Prior to that, he was a high school coach in Jacksonville for 22 seasons, the last 16 as head coach at Jacksonville White High School. 

Genyk, 48, was fired Nov. 24 before EMU’s final game. He was 16-42 in four seasons at EMU.

Before coming to EMU, Genyk was at Northwestern from 1993-2003. He began as a graduate assistant for two seasons and then was director of football operations for two years before being named Northwestern’s outside lienbackers and special teams coach in 1997. He was safeties and special teams coach in 1998 and was recruiting coordinator, running backs and special teams coach from 2000-03.

Genyk, who played at Bowling Green, also was receivers and quarterbacks coach at Grand Rapids Community College.

With Disch interviewing, it appears Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler, who played for Leavitt, either turned down the job or wasn’t offered the job by USF coach Jim Leavitt.

Other coaches that have interviewed with Leavitt include former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, former Rutgers secondary coach Chris Demarest and former Kansas State/Kentucky offensive coordinator Ron Hudson.

Reader Comments

Por (Steve) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett, when you’re not bashing USF and/or Leavitt you have a good ability to break an interesting story.

It’s nice to have a raging yang to Greg’s calm yin though.

Nice reporting.

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Por (Hector Jimenez) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett…some Ill. papers are reporting that he has already been offered the job, if so will he have other duties besides being DC?  Also, should he accept, would he also take over some position coach responsibilities?

Who are the leading candidates for DBs and WRS, should Canales get the OC job?

Thanks for the great coverage.

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Por (David M.) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’m not impressed with the numbers…Brett what is going on with Cinn. ex D.C?  he is the best canditate

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Por (Hector Jimenez) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

David….you re correct.  The numbers Ill. has posted on defense are not impresive, especially considering the type of offenses most teams run in the B10 are not juggernauts.

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hector, I had heard, but couldn’t confirm that Disch had been offered the DC job by Leavitt. The Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette is reporting that so that means Ekeler and Tresey appear out of the mix. The Illinois paper also reported Zook was trying to hire another DC this year, so I don’t know if that means Disch was about to be demoted. Disch also coached LBs at Illinois, so he probably would here as well.

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Por (Dan) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

It’s pretty exciting to see some of the names of coaches from pretty good schools that are looking to come here. I am impressed, and I hope we get a good selection! I still like the Rutgers guy, but the Illinois guy sounds good, too. He can’t be too bad if Zook hired him twice, and maybe he learned some recruiting skills from Zook while he was there.

Exciting times.

Seriously, prior to Wally leaving, did you ever think a guy from Illinois or Rutgers or anywhere else decent would interview here? Most of you said we only promote from within or get guys who got fired and who have been out of the game.

Well, look at us now. Almost justifies the ticket price increase. Almost.

Go Bulls!

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Por (Dan) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett, as good as our defense has been, it seems we are built for the wrong conference. Other Big East teams have bigger linemen and Cincy, Rutgers, UConn all outweigh us, which wears our guys down. Some of those Cincy game were downright embarrassing in the 4th quarter. I wouldn’t mind seeing some of the beefy guys from Illinois in our lineup, even though it changes our scheme, our scheme was likely going to change with Wally leaving anyway. I say, bring in the Illinois guy and bring on the beef!

What are your thoughts?

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Por (Randal Clement) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I say that suck!
I like Ekeler and Tresey.
That stats ol boy put up at Illinois are bad! Heading in the wrong direction if you ask me.

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Por (Hector Jimenez) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Okay Brett, so this is what we MAY have potentially soon…

OC - Canales
DC & LBs - Disch

But what about DBs and WRs?  Is that any clearer and what the timetable?

Thanks.

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Dan, Leavitt makes the final decision on which players USF recruits and has always placed more of an emphasis on speed than size. Perhaps that will change in the future, who knows? I doubt it though. USF has had success with the faster athlete types. Hector, if Disch accepts job, you’ve got the lineup so far. Demarest appears to be only DB coach to interview so you could probably pencil him in also. WR coach is a question mark. Genyk was last one to interview so he might be the guy there.

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Por (JH) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Dish declined the DC offer

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Por (Nabeel Mulla) on February 25, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’m glad Disch isn’t coming to USF.  With his Florida & FSU ties, he’d just parlay any success into a new job with one of those schools anyway.  Besides, his resume didn’t impress me.  I still like the ex-Cincy DC the best from all of the names bandied about thus far.

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