Ole Miss head football coach Ed Orgeron > announced Thursday that assistant coach George DeLeone has resigned > in order to accept the position of offensive coordinator and > quarterbacks coach at Temple University.
> DeLeone was completing his first year as running game
> coordinator and offensive line coach at Ole Miss, having joined
> Orgeron's Rebel staff in January of 2005.
> "George DeLeone is one of the best assistant football coaches
> in the country," Orgeron said. "I understand his leaving for personal
> reasons, and it is in the best interest of his family. We wish him
> the best of luck."
> DeLeone, who has coached 35 years on the collegiate level and
> one season in the NFL (San Diego, 1997), said "it is with mixed
> emotions that I am leaving Ole Miss to accept the offensive
> coordinator job at Temple University. As for those mixed emotions, it
> is quite obvious that Coach Orgeron is on the verge of building a
> championship program at Ole Miss, and it would be exciting to continue to be a part of that process.
> "On the other hand, my wife's health will be better served
> being closer to doctors in the Northeast and Coach (Al) Golden has
> offered me a tremendous opportunity at the same time to rebuild a
> championship program at Temple. I am both excited and grateful for the opportunity at Temple.
> "It was an honor for me to serve by Coach Orgeron's side
> during this past year at Ole Miss. I wish the Ole Miss family all the best."
> Prior to joining the Ole Miss staff, DeLeone was the associate
> head coach and offensive line coach at Syracuse. With the exception of
> that one season with the Chargers in 1997, he coached at Syracuse from
> During DeLeone's 20 seasons at Syracuse, he was SU's offensive
> coordinator for nine years (1987-96). DeLeone first joined the SU
> football program in 1985. Prior the 1999 season DeLeone moved back to
> the offense as SU's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, in
> addition to retaining his duties as associate head coach. DeLeone was
> on the opposite side of the ball in 1998 as SU's associate head coach
> and defensive coordinator.
> DeLeone went to Syracuse from Holy Cross, where he was the
> offensive coordinator for one season in 1984. He started his coaching
> career in 1970 at Southern Connecticut State as an offensive line coach.
> He was promoted to head coach in 1976, a spot DeLeone held through 1979.
> DeLeone moved to the Division I level in 1980, coaching under Frank
> Burns at Rutgers from 1980-83. At RU he served as the Scarlet Knights'
> defensive coordinator.
> A native of New Haven, Conn., DeLeone and his wife, Roberta,
> have two sons, Andy, a Penn graduate, and Mark, a student at the University of Iowa.
> Orgeron also announced Thursday that running back Jamal
> Pittman of Columbia, Miss., will not be returning for his senior year.
> "Jamal informed us that he plans to transfer to another school
> for his final year of eligibility," Orgeron said. "We appreciate
> Jamal's contributions to the Ole Miss football program and wish him
> well in whatever he chooses to do."
> Pittman earned three letters during an injury-plagued career
> at Ole Miss as he played in 18 games, starting four. His career
> totals included 353 yards rushing on 77 carries, with one touchdown.
> He also caught 12 passes for 95 yards.
> After being redshirted in 2002, Pittman played in five games
> in 2003, but sustained a season-ending injury when he suffered a
> significant tear to the ACL and a moderate sprain of the MCL in his
> left knee in a game against Arkansas State. He underwent successful reconstruction surgery.
> He saw action in the final four games of the 2004 season and
> then played in nine games in 2005.
> In the spring of 2003, Pittman suffered a knee injury during a
> non-contact drill and had to have ACL reconstruction surgery.
>December 22, 2005
>Ole Miss Athletics Media Relationsa
Jamal Pittman to transfer
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