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Blackwell steps down at USF



Citing a desire to return to coaching, USF Hall of Famer Marquel Blackwell confirmed he has stepped down as Bulls director of player development.

Blackwell, USF's all-time winningest quarterback (30-12), said the decision was his own. A Bulls program assistant from 2009-11, he was a Western Kentucky graduate-assistant for current USF coach Willie Taggart in '12, and had held his current job since last February.

"I just decided I want to coach (again)," said Blackwell, who spent two seasons (2007-08) as coach at Tampa's Freedom High.

"I got a couple of opportunities I would like to pursue and see how that goes, but I miss the coaching part of it. I thought right now was a good time to do it with the (staff) transition that was going on."

Blackwell, who owns several Bulls passing records including yardage (9,108) and TD passes (67), attended the recent American Football Coaches Association convention in Indianapolis. He said he hopes to hear soon about his possible opportunities.

"Even though you know I love USF," he said, "I think the only way you get better as a coach is by coaching."

[Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:02pm]


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