Tresey brings expertise to Bulls' staff

South Florida coach Jim Leavitt has found a new defensive coordinator, and it's a former rival who's given his Bulls fits in the past.

Joe Tresey, who was fired last month as Cincinnati's defensive coordinator, was hired by South Florida on Wednesday. In two years with the Bearcats, Tresey led a defense that tied for the FBS lead in takeaways in 2007 and formed the backbone of last season's FedEx Orange Bowl team.

Cincinnati held the Bulls to 10 points in a victory last year and forced eight turnovers in its 2007 win in Tampa.

"I don't know that I need to say much about coach Tresey; his resume and experience at the BCS level tells the story," Leavitt said in a statement. "We are excited about him joining our staff, and we're excited that we can get right into spring practice with him."

Tresey succeeds Wally Burnham, who resigned late last month to become the defensive coordinator at Iowa State. The Bulls begin spring practice on Monday.

ESPN.com college football blogger Brian Bennett covers the Big East.