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UF names TE coach; Gregory still at USF

Posted Jan 21, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Jan 21, 2009 at 02:03 PM

Former University of Washington assistant Brian White has been hired as the University of Florida’s tight ends coach, a position that University of South Florida assistant Greg Gregory also interviewed.

So Gregory, who was USF’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons, remains at USF, but it’s unclear in what role.

When Gregory informed USF coach Jim Leavitt that he would interview for the UF position, Leavitt sent out a statement late Saturday night through USF assistant AD Chris Freet that Gregory was “released from his duties as offensive coordinator” and that the school would “begin a search for a new coordinator immediately.”

On Sunday, Freet told the Tampa Tribune Leavitt informed him that Gregory was “gone from staff.” On Monday, Freet again confirmed, through Leavitt, that Gregory was not a part of USF’s staff.

However, Leavitt told an area newspaper Tuesday night that Gregory still is on the Bulls’ staff, just not as USF’s offensive coordinator. It is unknown what Gregory’s new duties will be.

Leavitt has not returned calls multiple calls from the Tribune.

Gregory said he had no comment on the matter.

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Por (Son of a Beach) on January 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

No Take Backs!

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

I can understand a search for an OC but providing no information on a very fluid situation is not professional. 

The longer Leavitt allows this silence to continue and the longer players, recruits, coaches and fans go without understanding what is going on and who will take over a specific coaching duty, especially one as important as an OC, the more USF looks like a Mickey Mouse operation.

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

Brett,
Do you want me to call CJL and get the scoop on Gregory?  He and I don’t have heat like he has with you.  It’s beyond ridiculous that (once again) he acts like a petulant child to you and as a result, the fans, alumni, and ticket buyers suffer.

And this whole thing was started by Dan Mullen going to Mississippi State.  Why on earth would anybody in their right mind leave Florida for a god forsaken hole like Starkeville, Mississippi???

Maybe we could get Sylvester Croom as our OC?

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

Steve, sure. I’d appreciate it. Let me know what he says. Sylvester Croom for OC? I can honestly say I haven’t heard that one yet, but you could be way ahead of the curve on that one.

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Por (Bob Rashad) on January 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

captain prozac can’t even get firing someone right

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Por (Sarasota Buc) on January 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

it is time for jim leavitt to go.  gregory’s offense broke records last season.  grothe had an off year and will be back next year.  horrible timing to fire an oc. sounds like he was just pissed that gregory interviewed with the gators.  how can you blame him for interviewing with the natl champs?

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Por (Patrick O'Rourke) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

WHAT A MESS.

If Gregory is still on the payroll come Spring, I would expect a lot of butts to not be in seats come Fall.

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Por (Michael Jones) on January 26, 2009 (Suggest removal)

What’s up with Leavitt?  What should the guy have done, interviewed in secret?  Too bizarre!

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on January 26, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Michael, Leavitt had no problem interviewing for jobs at Indiana, Kansas State and Alabama through the past few years to increase his salary 10-fold and he was never demoted.

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