Fitch flattered, but no interview for Kent yet
TAMPA -- Two days after it was reported that USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch was interviewing for the head coaching job at Kent State, he said the hiring process hasn't yet reached that point.
"It's great to be mentioned, but nothing happening. I'm focused on this game plan and recruiting," said Fitch, who had not returned a message left Wednesday seeking comment on the report. "There's really nothing to report there right now. I have not been there, no. If something comes out, we'll keep you abreast. I'm just focused on this right now."
Rivals/Yahoo's Tom Dienhart reported Wednesday that Fitch would interview for the opening at Kent State. Fitch is an Ohio native who has worked with Holtz since his first head coaching stint at Connecticut.
DANIELS RECOVERING: With another three weeks before the Bulls face Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, quarterback B.J. Daniels said he's pleased with the progress he's seeing in his injured quad, which kept him from playing in last week's loss to Connecticut.
"It feels good to be back out in the swing of things," Daniels said. "I'm not 100 percent, but I'd say about 80-85. I'm moving around, running around, trying to get back into it. ... By game time, I'll definitely be 100 percent. We've been doing everything we can to get right and get ready."
True freshman walk-on Bobby Eveld has played the last six quarters for Daniels, leading the Bulls to victory at Miami and falling just short against Connecticut, rallying the Bulls from a 10-point deficit before the Huskies won on a last-minute 52-yard field goal. USF coach Skip Holtz said he hasn't yet decided how he'll decide on his starting quarterback if both are healthy in time for the Clemson game.
"We'll cross that bridge when we get to it," Holtz said. "I don't know at this point. We're still trying to get him healthy. He didn't really practice today. He was throwing the ball, but he's not able to open it up and run around and do all those things yet."
LOOK AHEAD: USF's first three practices this weekend will be used in part to get a look at younger players before normal preparations start next weekend. Holtz said one of the players that stood out Friday was running back Darrell Scott, the highly touted transfer from Colorado who sat out this season but will be eligible next fall.
"Darrell Scott shows up and catches your eye in a hurry," Holtz said. "I think he's a very talented player. It's just going to take a lot of learning and getting comfortable in the system with where he is."
WALKING THE WALK: Five USF seniors will be among the 4,000-plus graduating Saturday -- tackle Jake Sims (business management), receiver A.J. Love (communications), center Sampson Genus (center), defensive back Chris Lane (biomedical sciences) and running back Mo Plancher, who is picking up a second degree in psychology. Genus earned his degree in three and a half years. ...