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McGeoghan: Leaving USF was 'very, very tough'



The Miami Dolphins made official on Saturday the hiring of USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan as their new assistant receivers coach, and he took a minute Saturday to talk about the difficult decision to leave the Bulls after three seasons.


Q: How tough a call was this to make, leaving USF and the receivers you've been working with?

A: It was very, very tough. A very emotional time.

Q: It sounded like all of this happened very quickly, in a matter of less than 24 hours. How did it come about?

A: I was on my way to Stumps (in Channelside for USF's signing-day gathering) and they said 'Would you like to come down and interview?' It went really quick.

Q: You spent parts of four seasons in the NFL -- what does it mean to be able to continue your coaching career at the pro level?

A: (Former Packers offensive coordinator) Coach (Joe) Philbin is an amazing football coach. To have a chance to get in at the ground floor and start fresh with (new receivers coach Ken) Coach O'Keefe and everybody that's just coming on board, it's a really great staff and a great opportunity and I'm just really excited about it.

Q: How hard was it talking with your receivers, as well as the recruits you've been working with that just signed on Wednesday?

A: I talked to each and every one of them when I was flying back (from Miami). I talked to them and their parents, all the signees, the Sean Prices of the world and Tashon Whitehurst and (Chris) Bivins, all their families. It was emotional -- I won't lie to you. It was one of the toughest decisions I've ever made. I love this place. I believe in USF and Coach (Skip) Holtz and what we're building here.

It's bittersweet, in that I'm really excited about this opportunity. It doesn't come around every day. I was in a great situation here, with my players, with Coach Holtz, who has been like a father figure to me. Just the way he runs a program, the direction this program is headed. We all know it's going to be an unbelievable run here in the next few years.

[Last modified: Saturday, February 4, 2012 2:54pm]


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