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Report: AU's Roof new UCF defensive coordinator

Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:14 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Tuesday, we mentioned that if you're discussing an SEC coordinator whose defense hasn't lived up to expectations, you can't be surprised if said coordinator suddenly finds other work. It was true of Willy Robinson Tuesday, and it's true of Ted Roof Wednesday.

After three years in charge of Gene Chizik's defense at Auburn, Roof has reportedly accepted the defensive coordinator's position at UCF under George O'Leary. The original report appeared at, which adds that it's uncertain whether Roof will remain on hand to make defensive play-calls for the Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against Virginia or not.

Roof replaces former Knights coordinator John Skladany, fired in the wake of UCF's disappointing 5-7 season. 

But it's doubtful Roof would have taken a job in a lesser conference for less money without a gentle push from his superiors at Auburn. Though a drop-off from the national title-winning defense of 2010 was expected with the loss of Nick Fairley and seven other starters -- especially in rush defense, where Roof's charges led the SEC last season -- few expected the Tigers to be on pace for a school record for most yards allowed per-game, or to rank 11th in the SEC in both total and scoring defense.

Roof's defenses on the Plains have always been vulnerable to the pass, and this year was no different; the Tigers ranked 87th nationally and dead last in the SEC in opponent's QB rating. 

Of course, Roof was also at the helm of the 2010 defense that held high-flying Oregon to 19 points in the Tigers' BCS title game victory, so he's hardly going away empty-handed. And as a former Broyles Award-winning coordinator himself, Chizik must also bear some of the responsibility for the Tigers' 2011 plummet.

Though that national championship has earned him a long, long leash, Chizik's decision on who replaces Roof  -- and that replacement's 2012 performance -- will nonetheless be highly scrutinized on the Plains.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:45 pm

Report: AU's Roof new UCF defensive coordinator

"But it's doubtful Roof would have taken a job in a lesser conference for less money without a gentle push from his superiors at Auburn"

Oh, that MUST be it, for him to take a job at "lowly" UCF.

Yes... let's just assume instead of doing a little bit of research as to why Roof made the decision. Roof said being reunited with his mentor (Oleary) was a part of it. Maybe Roof finds Orlando a more attractive situation for his family? There could be plenty of reasons why Roof left, yet people assume it's because he was getting fired. 

UCF is a respectable University who will now be joining the Big East. It's really not that crazy to think someone would leave Auburn for UCF. Not to mention most people have probably never stepped foot on UCF's campus and have no idea what UCF offers. All they see is UCF is in CUSA. Great rationale.

Is it posted somewhere that Roof is making less? 

Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:37 pm

Report: AU's Roof new UCF defensive coordinator

Kinda funny that he's going the reverse of what Chizik did (head coach, DC somewhere for a couple of years, DC at Auburn, DC at UCF)

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:14 pm

Report: AU's Roof new UCF defensive coordinator

Nice pick up for UCF bad loss for AU.

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