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Bulls add veteran assistant David Kelly to staff



USF confirmed Monday it has filled one of the prominent behind-the-scenes positions on its football staff with the hiring of journeyman college assistant David Kelly.

Kelly, 59, replaces Jon Haskins as the Bulls' director of player personnel, which encompasses a number of recruiting-related duties. Haskins, a Stanford alumnus, recently left to pursue an opportunity back on the West Coast, which is closer to his wife's job headquarters.

A South Carolina native who played at Furman, Kelly spent a decade at suburban Atlanta prep juggernaut Dunwoody High, leading the 1993 team to a 15-0 record, state title and No. 3 ranking by USA Today. He then embarked on an extensive college career that included stops at Stanford, Georgia Tech, Duke, Georgia, LSU and UCF.

At one point, he appeared destined to succeed George O'Leary as Knights coach before being caught in the NCAA's crosshairs during its probe of the program a half-decade ago. Kelly and then-Knights athletic director Keith Tribble lost their jobs in the wake of that investigation, when the NCAA claimed they violated principles of ethical conduct.

Kelly has maintained his innocence ever since, and at least one Orlando scribe has connected the Knights' recent downfall with the dismissal of Kelly.

While UCF appealed its one-year postseason ban (and had it overturned), Kelly -- lacking the financial resources to wage a drawn-out fight against the NCAA -- accepted his fate and moved on. He went on to coach in the CFL and with the Arizona Cardinals as an intern, and in recent seasons, was a regular observer at Bulls practices.

[Last modified: Monday, February 29, 2016 1:18pm]


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