USF hires Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh as next head coach: Source


By Matt Fortuna, Joe Rexrode and David Ubben

Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh is expected to become the next University of South Florida head coach, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Athletic. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Golesh is a finalist for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant.
  • The Bulls are coming off a 1-11 season, its fourth consecutive losing season.
  • Former coach Jeff Scott was fired on Nov. 6 after winning just one game against FBS opponents in his three seasons.
  • The Volunteers offense led the nation in scoring under Golesh.

How key was Golesh to the Vols

Josh Heupel and Hendon Hooker have been the stars of Tennessee’s quick resurgence, but Golesh deserves a healthy share of the credit as well – and this opportunity reflects that. Golesh is the most consistently praised recruiter on the Tennessee staff, and he integrated some concepts that meshed with Heupel’s scheme and beefed up the rushing attack. – Rexrode

Who could replace him?

This is likely an outside hire for Heupel to replace Golesh, but QB coach Joey Halzle could potentially get a look. Halzle, a former Oklahoma QB whose position coach was Heupel, has been with Heupel for 14 seasons and has also had a key role in the success of the UT offense. – Rexrode

How huge of a hire is this for USF?

Some may have expected Golesh to take an OC job out from under Heupel before he became a head coach but he’s jumping right to a job with a lot of potential first. He’ll use Tennessee’s offensive scheme and try to get USF back on track in The American.

As soon as Golesh arrived, he had the feel of someone who would be a head coach sooner than later. Apparently, the answer is sooner. He’ll have a big recruiting talent base and an offense to recruit to it. The hire has a lot of potential. – Ubben

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