Our Panthers notes got bumped from the paper (space was tight), but wanted to share part of it here. In talking to former defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac several times last week, he kept insisting he wanted to leave on a positive note.
That's fine, except it's becoming more and more clear he wasn't happy here. He won't outright say it, but it seems he was tired of having his defense dictated from above.
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In each of the last two seasons, head coach John Fox started showing more influence in Trgovac’s defensive meetings, doing so four games into 2007 and around midseason last year.
Asked directly if that interference (or collaboration, depending on your perspective) was a factor in his decision to leave, Trgovac backed away gently from the question.
“I don’t want to get into that,” he said politely. “The day-to-day stuff of what went on in our meetings or practices or whatever, I’d rather not get into it. It’s over, and I think it’s going to be best for me and best for John just to get a fresh start.
“I cherish my time there, and I learned a lot of football from a lot of people, and it’s such a great place that it’s hard to leave.”