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Defensive coordinator one of three dismissed by UCF

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For the second straight this year, George O’Leary will be searching for a new defensive coordinator.  This time around, though, it was the UCF head coach’s decision to move in a different direction.

In a release, UCF announced that coordinator John Skladany, linebackers coach Al Seamonson and director of player personnel Albert Boone will not be retained for the 2012 season.  No reason was given for the dismissals in the 32-word release.

Skladany was promoted to coordinator from linebackers coach after Dave Huxtable in January of this year after Huxtable left to become Wisconsin’s LB coach.

This year, the Knights are No. 11 in scoring defense (18.3 points per game) and No. 13 in total defense (303.3 yards per game).  In 2010, UCF finished No. 8 in the former category (17.1 ppg) and no. 15 in the latter category (315.4 ypg).

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2 Responses to “Defensive coordinator one of three dismissed by UCF”
  1. vegas691 says: Nov 27, 2011 12:04 PM

    Sandusky is available.

  2. aetherthe says: Nov 27, 2011 12:20 PM

    Skladany never wanted the DC job in the first place, but O’Leary was more-or-less blindsided by Huxtable’s move to Wisconsin and Skladany agreed to step up in short order. O’Leary has been saying for weeks that the “stats are deceiving” when discussing the defense.

    Rumors are swirling that Seamonson didn’t like working under O’Leary, so that’s a possibility for his departure. I assume the Boone bit the dust as a result of being one step removed from the recruiting fiasco that got Tribble (AD) and David Kelly (WR coach and top recruiter) canned.

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