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Is Gregory really gone from USF? Who knows

Posted Jan 20, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Jan 20, 2009 at 07:19 PM

Three days after his supposed firing from the University of South Florida, offensive coordinator Greg Gregory was still at work – at USF.

Confused? Join the club.

At 10:11 p.m. Saturday, USF sports information director Chris Freet E-mailed a three-paragraph statement that “Gregory has been released from his duties as offensive coordinator” and USF would “begin a search for a new coordinator immediately.”

Gregory’s bio also was removed from the school’s official web site.

USF coach Jim Leavitt has not returned multiple phone calls the past four days from the Tampa Tribune about Gregory.

On Sunday and Monday, Freet, via text-messages, confirmed that Gregory was “gone from staff” and Freet indicated Leavitt provided this information.

Yet, Gregory was spotted in his office and answered his office telephone Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m not speaking about anything,” Gregory said.

Freet said Tuesday, as far as he knew, “nothing had changed” and his understanding is Gregory is not on the staff. Leavitt told Freet Tuesday night he would not comment beyond what was in the release.

So the question remains: is Gregory gone from USF or still employed at USF? Until Leavitt or Gregory comment on this situation, who knows?

Reader Comments

Por (Jon McKee) on January 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Is this really newsworthy?  Maybe he was just cleaning out his office, he was fired Saturday night, and Monday was a holiday.

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on January 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Jon, Gregory was not cleaning out his office.

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Por (matt perm) on January 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

What the hell is going on….the story/press release has provided no detail, Leavitt doesn’t have a history of firing, the offense wasnt that awful, and now hes still hanging around..someone has the real story out there…come on brett fill us in:)

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Por (Richard Buskin) on January 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I think it will be Mike Canales as the new OC. Speaking of connections, how about bringing in Chad Barnhardt as an assistant, who played for Canales and also is a Polk County boy like Grothe?

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Por (Jon McKee) on January 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I don’t know Brett, are you holding some info?  Some smoking gun or conspiracy you’re aware of?

You write Gregory says he’s not speaking, then why are you making a story out of him answering his phone and being seen in his office?  Were you expecting security to lock the guy out starting Saturday night?

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Por (Patrick O'Rourke) on January 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The dysfunction goes on.

I’ve seen youth football programs run more professionally than ours.

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on January 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Yes Jon, I know more than I’m writing, but until I can confirm it, it’s not fair to write it. And, yes, when people get fired, they usually take their keys away and you’re not allowed back in your business/office from that point on.

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Por (Steve Stacy) on January 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

So he’s going to work for the program in some other capacity:

Backs and receivers coach
QB coach
Film tech
Jock strap cleaner

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Por (matt perm) on January 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

ahhh the truth…the gators   .....good for leavitt loyalty is important…leavitt has been loyal to usf sorry gregory views it differently..the grass is not always greener

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