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College football: Might South Florida be on the hunt for a new coach?

by Berry Tramel Published: November 2, 2012
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Lee Roy Selmon started the South Florida program from scratch in 1997 and hired Jim Leavitt to coach it. The Bulls were in Division I-A by 2001 and in the Big East by 2005.

Leavitt was successful. His final five seasons, 2005-09, USF went 6-6, 9-4, 9-4, 8-5 and 8-5. Only once did the Bulls finish worse than a tie for fourth in the Big East.

But Leavitt was fired for mistreatment of players. Skip Holtz was hired away from East Carolina, and it seemed like a great fit. Solid resume', a proud dad (Lou) who would talk about the program on the ESPN.

South Florida went 8-5 in 2010, with a 3-4 record in the Big East. Leavitt-type year. But USF slipped to 5-7 last season and tied for last in the Big East, with only a victory over Syracuse.

This year, South Florida is back in the Big East basement, at 0-4. The Bulls are 2-6 overall, after a series of close defeats: 23-13 to Rutgers, 31-27 to Ball State, 30-17 to Florida State, 37-28 to Temple, 27-25 to Louisville and 37-36 to Syracuse.

Saturday, USF hosts Connecticut, another winless Big East team. If the Bulls lose, a program that has known only two head coaches might wonder if it's time to go looking for a third.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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