Voris focused on Butler’s season despite job opening

DePauw University fired its head football coach Robby Long early last week after the team started the season 0-2.

“Long was dismissed due to his failure to fully comply with the school’s policies and administrative expectations,” according to a press release from the university.

While an interim head coach has been named, the opening for a full time coach still exists.

Butler coach Jeff Voris is a DePauw football alumnus.

Ken Owen, DePauw executive director of media relations, said that there have been many rumors in the Greencastle area about who the future coach may be, including Voris. He also added they are not considering anyone at the moment.

When asked, Voris said he knew nothing about the DePauw job and is happy at Butler.

“I’m ecstatic to be here, and I have the best job I’ve ever had,” Voris said.

The Tigers promoted assistant coach Scott Srnka to interim head coach and plan to begin a nationwide search at the end of the season.

Srnka had been serving as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Tigers.

DePauw Athletic Director Stevie Baker-Watson said in a press release that the decision was not based on football and the team’s performance this season.

“We have been working with Coach Long since spring to resolve several administrative issues under his control,” Baker-Watson said. “We made this decision to terminate Coach Long’s employment because he failed to take corrective actions in a timely manner.”

Baker-Watson said the Division III school has not yet thought about future coach candidates.

“We are focusing on our student-athletes in this time of transition,” Baker-Watson said.

Owen reiterated what Baker-Watson said, that DePauw will not begin the search until the season is over.

He also mentioned Bill Lynch, former DePauw coach and current Butler associate athletic director for development, in a local radio interview, but later clarified that it did not mean he was a potential candidate.

Baker-Watson left the idea of the Tigers contacting Voris open.

“[The decision] would be up to Jeff,” Baker-Watson said.

Voris held the all-time passing yards, attempts, completions and total-offense records for the DePauw football team until 2009 when they were broken by Spud Dick.

Voris has the Bulldogs at 2-2 on the season after winning Saturday’s Pioneer Football League opener against Campbell.

DePauw is currently 0-3 on the year.

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