Colorado DB Coach Greg Brown Offered DC Job at USF - Decides to Stay at CU

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IMarch 1, 2009

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CU secondary coach Greg Brown interviewed this week for the defensive coordinator position at South Florida. Brown was reportedly offered the job on Friday (February 27th), but today (March 1st), Brown turned down the offer and is staying at CU.

Brown joined Dan Hawkins’ staff in 2006 after having spent the previous fifteen seasons coaching in the NFL. Just prior to coming back to Boulder, Brown spent four years with New Orleans. In addition to his run with the Saints, Brown had stints with San Diego, San Francisco, and Atlanta. In the NFL, Brown coached 15 All-Pro performers, including Ashley Ambrose, who joined the CU staff in 2008 as a defensive technical intern.

Greg Brown was not unfamiliar to Buff fans when he returned to Boulder in 2006. Brown coached the secondary at CU between 1991-93 under Bill McCartney. Brown coached Thorpe Award winners Deon Figures (the 1992 winner) and Chris Hudson (who won in 1994). In all, Brown has coached five All-Big Eight/12 performers for CU, including Terrence Wheatley in 2007.

Other News this week ....

The rumors surrounding the move of the Miami (Ohio) game September 12th just won’t go away... The Dayton Daily News reported this week that Miami is discussing opening the 2009 season September 5th against Kentucky in a game to be played in Cincinnati. What does this have to do with the CU/Miami game, scheduled for September 12th? Plenty.

First and foremost, there is the money. If Miami wants to buy its way out of the CU game, the Buffs are entitled to a $750,000 payoff. This sounded like a prohibitive sum until the Kentucky game (with a likely sellout of the Bengals’ home stadium) came along.

Now, if the RedHawks can find the Buffs a suitable replacement, of if ESPN can be persuaded to televise the game with CU’s new opponent, the monetary loss to Miami can be mitigated, and the RedHawks might pull the plug on the Buffs.

What teams are out there with open dates on September 12th? Very few, as you might imagine. Akron, another Mid-American Conference team, is still looking to fill its schedule on that date, but does not represent an attractive match up for CU or ESPN. Other schools looking to fill their schedules are Rutgers and Mississippi.

Given the strength of the Buffs’ overall schedule, however, it would not seem to be a wise move for the Buffs to trade a 2-10 MAC team for a 2008 bowl team from a BCS conference. Another possibility discussed is having another MAC team (Bowling Green and Toledo have been mentioned) switch one of its non-conference opponents with Akron to free up a date to play the Buffs.

I am hoping for none of the above. Unless Colorado gets a buyout, as well as a home game against a lesser opponent, I would not switch.

Yes, I know it would be difficult to find a 1-A opponent willing to come to Boulder without any guarantee of reciprocity, and I am all too familiar with the struggles the Buffs have had against the two 1-AA opponents (Montana State in 2006; Eastern Washington last season).

But to trade up to play a tougher foe, on the road, when the Buffs are looking to post a winning season for the first time since 2005?

No, thank you. Give me the cash and a game against Northern Colorado.

I’ll post updates as they become available ....


Nebraska’s No. 2 quarterback leaves school .... Patrick Witt, considered a leading candidate to be the starting quarterback in Lincoln this fall, has left school. Witt appeared in five games in 2008, and was the first quarterback in when long time starter Joe Ganz came out.

The sophomore-to-be was expected to compete with junior Zac Lee and freshmen Kody Spano and Cody Greenfor the starting job. "We have no comment and Patrick has no comment," said Gene Witt, Patrick’s father.

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was equally tight-lipped. "Patrick has decided that it is in his best interest to continue his college career at another school", said Pelini in a released statement.

The rumor mill has it that Witt wanted a guarantee coming out of spring that he was the starter, and that Pelini balked—but there is no confirmation of this version of events .... Two other players have also left the Cornhusker program.

The Lincoln Star Journal reported this week that neither John Levorson, nor Justin Rogers, both red-shirt freshmen, were listed on the Nebraska spring roster. Both players were a part of Bo Pelini’s first recruiting class in 2008 (Levorson was a two-star safety; Rogers a three-star running back). No reasons were given for the removal of these players from the roster.

Spring CU walk-ons identified.... There are seven walk-ons listed on the Colorado roster for this spring.

Included on the list are four transfers from other schools: Kyle Cefalo, who comes to Boulder by way of Oregon State, will get a look at the wide receiver position; Zackary Farley is a Thornton high linebacker who attended Mesa State in Grand Junction; Erik Manarinois a safety prospect who comes to CU via Saddleback Junior College in California; and Joe Silipois a defensive end who played for Northern Colorado (Silipo is also listed as a long-snapper—the Buffs’ three-year starter at that position, Justin Drescher, will be a senior this fall).

Another preferred walk-on signs with Colorado ....Jerry Slota, a quarterback from Chaparrel High in Parker, Colorado (the same school which produced offensive tackle standout Jack Harris) has agreed to attend CU as a preferred walk-on.

Slota had scholarship offers from six colleges, including six junior colleges, but instead chose to walk-on at CU.

"I am just looking for a shot to try out at quarterback," Slota told "I want to give it a good shot. And if I don’t fit in there, I am open to any position." Slota, who is 6'2", 225, has also been mentioned as a possible fit at linebacker or safety.

Slota joins Denver East athlete Quentin Hildreth and Eaton High quarterback Seth Lobatoas players identified as preferred walk-ons who will be arriving in Boulder this summer.


Next week - Greg Brown: In or Out? / The CU/Miami (Ohio) saga, Part Six / First look at some of the position battles to watch out for this spring ....

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