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Bulls promote Canales, hire WRs coach



Receivers coach Mike Canales has been promoted to USF's offensive coordinator, and the Bulls have announced the hiring of former NFL receiver and Maine assistant Phil McGeoghan as their new receivers coach.

Canales steps up for his second stint running the Bulls' offense, having done so from 1996-2000, including USF's four seasons of football. He takes over for Greg Gregory, who was demoted last month and subsequently resigned to become offensive coordinator at South Alabama.

Canales, who will coach USF's quarterbacks, returned to USF in 2007 and has carried the title of passing game coordinator the last two seasons.

McGeoghan, 29, played sparingly in parts of four seasons in the NFL, including a preseason under Canales with the New York Jets in 2003. He comes to the Bulls with just one year of college experience, as an offensive assistant working with receivers and tight ends at his alma mater, the University of Maine, in 2007. He spent last season as offensive coordinator at the Naval Academy Prep School.

"We called him "full-go Phil" when he was with the Jets," Canales said in a statement. "He never did anything half-speed. He has a lot of energy and passion for the game. I have been impressed with how thorough and organized he is as a coach, and I am excited to get him here to USF."

McGeoghan (pronounced (mick-GAY-gen) played in just two NFL games and did not catch a pass, but ranks in Maine's top five for career yards and receptions, and earned All-American honors as part of Maine's track program. After playing two games as an NFL rookie in 2001, he missed the 2002 season with an injury suffered while playing in NFL Europe. He was cut in preseason by the Jets in 2003 and spent the final week of that season on the Saints' roster; his NFL career ended when he reached an injury settlement with the Saints in August 2004.

"It is a remarkable opportunity to coach at a BCS and Big East school like USF," McGeoghan said in a statement. "Coach Canales has been my mentor, as a coach, player and person, since 2003. I feel so privileged to be a part of Coach Leavitt's staff and call myself a Bull."

Three of USF's five offensive assistants have come to the Bulls with limited or no college experience. In addition to McGeoghan, offensive line coach Mike Simmonds and tight ends coach Larry Scott were both graduate assistants on USF's staff before being promoted two years ago, and high school coaches before joining the Bulls.

Canales' promotion and McGeoghan's hiring complete USF's offensive staff. Leavitt has two key vacancies on defense, needing one coordinator and one position coach, with the two hires handling USF's linebackers and defensive backs. Illinois assistant Dan Disch turned down an offer to become the Bulls' coordinator on Wednesday, opting to stay on Ron Zook's staff.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:02pm]


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