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February 28, 2013

Blazer football notebook

VALDOSTA — A day after being honored at the Georgia State Capitol, the Valdosta State football team returned to work Thursday afternoon. The Blazer Spring Game is next weekend, and the Blazers they will hold their second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday.

While the Blazers are preparing for the 2013 season, questions have began to swirl around head coach David Dean and the likely hood that he would take the job at Kennesaw State. Following Thursday's practice, Dean addressed those rumors.

"I have not interviewed. I have not done anything at Kennesaw State," Dean said. "It is all rumors. Anytime a job comes open there are always people that say this guy is going to get it or that guy. I can tell you this, I haven't been up there, I haven't been on campus, I haven't talked with the (athletic director).

"I am the coach at Valdosta State. The only thing I am focused on is finishing up spring practice in a positive way."

Kennesaw State was granted the approval to establish a football program, likely to start playing games in May 2015, at the Board of Regents meeting in mid-February. Since then, the school has been building a list of candidates and meeting with such candidates to become the school's first-ever head coach.

Dean and his wife have ties to the Atlanta area, and would be a step up in job status for the two-time Division II Coach of the Year.

Kennesaw State officials say a head coach will be named in early March.

Here are other various notes on the Blazers from throughout spring practice:

Coaches leaving, interviewing

Robby Brown was the first Blazer coach to leave for another school following the national championship victory last season, but he won't be the last. After interviewing for the defensive line coach position at Georgia Southern, Earl Chambers, the longest tenured assistant coach at VSU, is actively pursuing other coaching options. Until then, Chambers is remaining with the Blazers.

Graduate assistant offensive line coach Derrick Elder has accepted a position at New Mexico State, where he will finish his graduate assistantship.

Student assistant coach Sam Umberg, who graduates in May, has already accepted the wide receivers coach position at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, his high school alma mater.

Other coaches rumored to be looking for new jobs are Co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Seth Wallace, who interviewed for a position at Iowa, his home state. Andy Richman, the offensive line coach, is also reportedly taking interest in other coaching positions.

No replacement coaches have been hired by Dean, who said he is waiting until after spring practice.

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