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South Florida Bulls football team loses another assistant as defensive backs coach Troy Douglas heads to North Carolina

TAMPA — 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 $130,000, said the move was "to a parallel position on the field, but financially a lot better."

USF 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 spring practice opens March 9.

MORE USF: Ronnie McKeefery will be honored Friday in Indianapolis by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society as the group's national collegiate football strength and conditioning coach of the year.

"I am extremely honored to receive such a prestigious award," McKeefery said. "I appreciate (USF) allowing me the opportunity to work with great athletes and coaches. This award speaks more to the people at South Florida than it does me."

McKeefery, USF's head strength and conditioning coach, has worked with the football team since before the 2000 season.

CINCINNATI: Bob Diaco, who was a defensive coach at Virginia, was named defensive coordinator.

MISSISSIPPI: Coach Houston Nutt was honored by state lawmakers for transforming the Rebels from a losing team to Cotton Bowl champions. Nutt's appearance drew a crowd in the Senate gallery, including teenagers who hung over the balcony rails to get a glimpse.

PITT: Frank Cignetti Jr., previously the offensive coordinator at California, took the same position with the Panthers.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

South Florida Bulls football team loses another assistant as defensive backs coach Troy Douglas heads to North Carolina 02/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:42pm]
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