Jamal Pittman to transfer

Coach Deleone has taken the offensive coordinator job at Temple and Jamal Pittman has decided to transfer

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 > 1985-2004.

> 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

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