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Ekeler's chances at USF job still alive

2/25/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It appears that Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler's chance to become defensive coordinator at South Florida could still be alive.

Presumed favorite Dan Disch, the co-defensive coordinator at Illinois, has notified USF coach Jim Leavitt that he will remain at his old school, Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times reported Wednesday afternoon.

That decision could mean that Ekeler has a chance to rejoin Leavitt, whom he played under at Kansas State.

Leavitt also interviewed former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Joe Tresey. But Disch was the first person to whom the job was offered.

Whoever fills the position will replace veteran coordinator Wally Burnham, who resigned last week to serve as defensive coordinator under Paul Rhoads at Iowa State.