Auburn reportedly interested in Tom Allen
Amid reports he has emerged as a candidate for the same job at Auburn, Bulls defensive coordinator Tom Allen oversaw his unit's bowl practice Monday afternoon at the Morsani Complex.
Allen didn't address reporters after practice, but is scheduled to speak at the Bulls' bowl media day Tuesday. A source close to the Bulls first-year coordinator said as of Sunday, he hadn't engaged in any formal conversations with Auburn, seeking a replacement for Will Muschamp.
"I just want to make it clear, I have not officially offered the job to anyone," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn told reporters Monday in Alabama.
Allen was first reported as a candidate for the Tigers vacancy over the weekend by 247Sports. Under his direction, the Bulls -- who employ a 4-2-5 scheme -- rank in the top 40 nationally in total defense (37th, 361.2 ypg), run defense (33rd, 140.6 ypg) and pass-efficiency defense (26th, 113.28).
DEAD PERIOD: A mild misnomer surrounding the Miami Beach Bowl is how it potentially can serve as a potent recruiting tool for USF in a prep football hotbed. Problem is, Monday marked the first day of the NCAA's dead period, which stretches through Jan. 13.
During that time, Bulls coaches are allowed no in-person contact with recruits and "we're only allowed to call once," Coach Willie Taggart said. On the flip side, next Monday's game will be the only contest -- college or pro -- scheduled for its time slot, meaning USF will have a national football audience all to its own.
"So not only Dade (County), but the entire country gets a chance to watch the Bulls, and it's important that we go out and play well and give people something to see and believe in and want to be a part of," Taggart said. "It's great for our program and a great opportunity for our program."
DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY: Each Bulls player receives six tickets to the bowl game, hardly an ample supply for many of those from south Florida trying to accommodate dozens of relatives and friends.
"I've still got people calling me," said junior RB Darius Tice, a Miami Northwestern alumnus raised roughly 25 minutes from Marlins Park.
"I just counted (Sunday) and it was about, I'd say at least 40 people trying to come," said QB Quinton Flowers, whose high school (Miami Jackson) is 2.3 miles from Marlins Park. "I'm still trying to get tickets. I know some of 'em are gonna have to pay, but if you wanna watch, you gotta pay."
BULLS GRADUATE SIX: A half-dozen football players participated in Saturday's commencement ceremonies at the Sun Dome including former Carrollwood Day standout Mak Djulbegovic, who was awarded a scholarship in August and started all 12 regular season games at right tackle.
Others graduating were TE Marlon Pope, TE Sean Price, LS Alex Salvato, DE Eric Lee and LB Tashon Whitehurst. LG Thor Jozwiak, who graduated last fall, earned a second degree and also participated in the ceremonies.
ODDS AND ENDS: Jozwiak will serve as a guest co-host Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. on the Channel 10 morning show. ... Seven days remain before the bowl game, but as of Monday's practice, no Bulls player was spotted on crutches or in a walking boot. ... RB Trevon Sands, a 2015 signee forced delay his enrollment due to an academic issue, indicated recently via Twitter that he still plans to enroll in January.