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Texas hires 49ers special teams coach Mac Duff

1/7/2007 - College Football

AUSTIN -- Texas hired San Francisco 49ers special teams
coach Larry Mac Duff to be the Longhorns new defensive
co-coordinator and assistant head coach, Texas coach Mack Brown
announced Sunday night.

Mac Duff replaces Gene Chizik, who left Texas after two seasons
to become the head coach at Big 12 rival Iowa State after the
regular season.

The Longhorns won the 2005 national championship but fell to
10-3 this season and beat Iowa in the Alamo Bowl.

The Longhorns defense rated among the best in the country in
rush defense but among the worst against the pass despite having
Thorpe Award-winning cornerback Aaron Ross.

Mac Duff's hiring marks the second time since 2003 Brown has
reached into the NFL ranks to hire a defensive coordinator. Former
Denver Broncos coordinator Greg Robinson stayed two seasons in
Austin before leaving to become the head coach at Syracuse.

Mac Duff is a 30-year coaching veteran at the college and NFL
levels. He has spent the last four seasons as special teams
coordinator for the 49ers.

"We are very excited about Larry joining our staff," Brown
said.

Mac Duff worked with Texas co-coordinator Duane Akina for 12
years when both were assistants at Hawaii and Arizona.

He spent 12 seasons as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator,
where his "Desert Swarm" defense was a dominating unit.

"This is a really unique opportunity for me that I couldn't
pass up," Mac Duff said. "I enjoyed working with the 49ers, but
with the chance to work at Texas with Coach Brown, the staff and
players, it was really exciting."

Brown had considered giving the job outright to Akina but had
said he wouldn't announce anything until after the Longhorns' bowl
game, which Texas won 26-24.

"He's just a great teacher," Akina said. "I think we're
fortunate to get a coach of his stature."