McCarney not going to South Alabama
USF defensive line coach Dan McCarney will not be leaving the Bulls to start a new football program at South Alabama. The Bulls' sports information department sent out a release Monday, stating that McCarney had "withdrawn his name from consideration" for the vacancy.
McCarney, the former Iowa State coach who helped turn USF sophomore George Selvie into an All-American this season, was a finalist for the Mobile job. Two days before signing day, this is reassuring news for USF's recruiting efforts, as McCarney helped the Bulls land four commitments for Palm Beach County, including junior college standout David Bedford, who could be starting opposite Selvie this fall.
The Birmingham News reported Sunday that Alabama defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, another finalist, had removed his name from consideration, and while that report has since been disputed, it's unknown what direction South Alabama will go with this hire -- local reports had an announcement coming as early as Thursday. Former South Carolina head coach Sparky Woods, recently an Alabama assistant, is one possibility.