Assistant Douglas leaving Bulls for UNC job

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Jim Leavitt has lost his third assistant coach in less than a week, as defensive backs coach Troy Douglas, who just finished his third season at USF, resigned Wednesday to take the same job at North Carolina.

"I appreciate everything that Jim has done for me," said Douglas, noting that he was coaching running backs at North Texas when Leavitt gave him a chance to return to his home state. "I think this was a win-win situation. It's an up-and-coming program in a nice area, just as South Florida is."

Douglas said he was watching the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night when he got a call from UNC defensive coordinator Everett Withers, a college teammate of Douglas' at Appalachian State from 1983-85. The two also were graduate assistants together at Appalachian, and with Leavitt's blessing, Douglas interviewed in Chapel Hill on Tuesday. He resigned Wednesday afternoon.

Douglas, who got a $35,000 raise from Leavitt in 2008 to make $130,000, said the move was "to a parallel position on the field, but financially a lot better."

Douglas is the third USF assistant to leave the Bulls in the past week. Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham resigned Tuesday to take the same job at Iowa State, and offensive coordinator Greg Gregory was demoted and subsequently left last week to become offensive coordinator at South Alabama. Leavitt has less than three weeks before the Bulls open spring practice on March 9.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 5:59pm]

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