Assistant Mac Duff decides to leave UT
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Assistant Head Coach and co-Defensive Coordinator Larry Mac Duff has decided to leave his position with the Longhorns, Head Coach Mack Brown said on Wednesday. Mac Duff, who coached the Longhorns linebackers, just completed his first season at UT.
The Longhorns concluded the 2007 season with a 52-34 victory over No. 12 Arizona State, the Pac-10 co-Champions, in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. It was UT's school-record fourth straight bowl victory and improved the Horns record to 10-3, extending its NCAA-leading streak and UT record to seven straight years with at least 10 wins.
"Larry and I met this morning and he informed me that he is not returning for the 2008 season, citing philosophical differences," Brown said. "Larry is a great coach and man and we appreciate all he's done for our program. We want to wish him luck in the future and will begin looking for a replacement immediately."
Mac Duff, a 36-year coaching veteran, came to Texas after spending the previous four seasons as special teams coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. He joined the 49ers after his second stint at Arizona where he served as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator in 2001-02. Prior to his second stop in Tucson, Mac Duff spent four seasons as the special teams coach for the New York Giants from 1997-2000.
"I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of The University of Texas football program," Mac Duff said. "I have enjoyed not only working with the linebackers, but my association with the entire football team and staff. The linebackers are a great group of young men and their future is bright. At this time, I'm going to pursue some other professional opportunities. I want to wish The University of Texas team the best in 2008."
During Mac Duff's first stop at Arizona from 1987-96, the Wildcats' "Desert Swarm" unit set national defensive standards. He joined the Arizona staff after spending three seasons at Hawaii (1984-86) and four at Stanford (1980-83). While on the collegiate level, Mac Duff helped mentor a Nagurski Trophy winner, an Outland Trophy winner, a Thorpe Award winner, a Lombardi Award finalist, five Pac-10 Defensive Players of the Year and an NCAA sack champion.