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Dawsey to coach USF's receivers

PETE YOUNG
Published March 2, 2004

TAMPA - Former Florida State star and Tampa Bay Bucs receiver Lawrence Dawsey is coming back to the area to coach at South Florida, and he could be joined by another coach with Tampa ties, former Florida assistant Carl Franks.

Franks, the head coach at Duke from 1999 until he was fired during the 2003 season, was in Tampa on Monday to meet with USF coach Jim Leavitt.

"I've been talking to him," Franks said. "I know he's talking to some other guys, too."

Leavitt would not comment about the openings on his staff except to say he would make no announcement until at least next week after possibly meeting with another candidate.

Dawsey is expected to join the USF staff as a receivers coach, replacing Tom Pajic, who left last month. Dawsey could not be reached for comment, but the football sports information office at LSU, where Dawsey was an administrative graduate assistant for the national champion Tigers last season, said he was now at USF. Dawsey swaps schools with Leroy Ryals, who left USF last month after four seasons as the running backs coach.

Dawsey was drafted in the third round by the Bucs in 1991 and played five seasons in Tampa, catching 206 passes for 2,842 yards. The receptions are tied for 10th in team history with Courtney Hawkins; the yardage ranks eighth.

He played at FSU from 1987 to 1990 and ranks seventh in career receiving yards with 2,129. In 1990, he was an Associated Press first-team All-American after making 65 catches for 999 yards.

Franks played or coached under Steve Spurrier from 1980 through 1998, including stints at Duke and with the Tampa Bay Bandits. The final nine years he was a member of Spurrier's staff at Florida.

At UF, Franks' primary recruiting territory covered the Tampa Bay area, where he crossed paths with Leavitt many times. He was 7-45 in four-plus seasons at Duke.

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AD SEARCH: Hinks Shimberg, chairman of USF's athletic director search committee, will meet today with co-interim athletic director Michael Rierson to finalize a game plan for the search. The 10-person committee was formed Thursday when Lee Roy Selmon resigned to assume a new fundraising position, president of the USF Foundation Partnership for Athletics. Rierson, the school's vice president for advancement and a member of the search committee, said he would present Shimberg with a game plan "that will take us carefully but swiftly through this process."

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