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Barrington retracts Zook promotion tweet

Pete Dougherty
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

The Green Bay Packers don't have a new special-teams coordinator quite yet.

Green Bay Packers assistant special teams coach Ron Zook talks with Jamari Lattimore during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field last August.

While Ron Zook remains a contender for the job, inside linebacker Sam Barrington backed off his tweet on Thursday suggesting the 60-year-old assistant coach has been promoted to the post vacated upon Shawn Slocum's firing last Friday.

Two hours earlier, Barrington posted on his Twitter account:

Zook was a special-teams coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1996 to 1998. He also coached special teams in college at Florida in 1994 and 1995.

Coach Mike McCarthy hired Zook last year as a special teams assistant. They had worked together with the New Orleans Saints in 2000 and 2001, when McCarthy was offensive coordinator and Zook was defensive coordinator.

Zook also was head coach at Florida from 2002 to 2004 and at Illinois from 2005 to 2011. He was out of football for two seasons before being hired by the Packers.