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USF Offers Coordinator Job To Colorado's Brown

TAMPA - Greg Brown, a 15-year NFL assistant coaching veteran who has been at the University of Colorado the past three seasons, is the latest to have been offered the University of South Florida's defensive coordinator position. Brown, 50, is at least the third individual offered the position, along with Illinois co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler. Brown interviewed Friday in Tampa with USF coach Jim Leavitt. Brown could not be reached for comment. For the past three seasons at CU, Brown has been the Buffs' secondary coach, including the past two years as CU's defensive passing game coordinator.
In 2008, CU led the Big 12 Conference in pass defense, allowing 215 yards a game, but that ranked only 72nd nationally. CU ranked fifth in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense and 73rd nationally. In 2007, CU was ninth in the Big 12 in pass defense, allowing 261 yards a game, ranking 103rd nationally. CU ranked sixth in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense and 63rd nationally. Before coming to Colorado, Brown was a defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints from 2002-05. He was an assistant with six different NFL teams totally 15 years, including the Tampa Bay Bucs from 1984-86. His other college coaching experience includes Colorado (1991-93), Purdue (1989-90) and Wyoming (1987-88). He is a 1980 UTEP graduate. Besides Disch and Ekeler, former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Joe Tresey interviewed for the position. East Carolina defensive coordinator Greg Hudson and Iowa State secondary coach Chris Ash also were considered as replacements for long-time USF coordinator Wally Burnham, but neither interviewed or was offered the position. Leavitt also is still trying to replace secondary coach Troy Douglas, who took the same position at North Carolina on Feb. 17.

Reporter Brett McMurphy can be reached at (813) 259-7928

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