Report: Fitch to interview for Kent State job
The domino effect of offseason coaching changes has made its first impact on USF, as offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will interview this weekend for the head coaching job at Kent State, according to Rivals/Yahoo.com's Tom Dienhart.
Fitch, who has worked under Skip Holtz at his last three schools, is an Ohio native whose coaching career started at his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan, and Bowling Green. The Bulls' offense averaged just 23.5 points this season, but had significant injuries at receiver and made the transition to a more traditional running game after having quarterbacks lead the team in rushing in each of the four previous seasons.
Another Big East assistant, West Virginia offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen, has been reported as a candidate, as has Ohio State receivers coach Darrell Hazell. Doug Martin stepped down from the Golden Flashes after seven years as head coach.
One more coaching note -- Frank Wintrich, USF's associate director of strength and conditioning under Ronnie McKeefery, has decided to leave the Bulls and become head strength coach with former USF assistants Dan McCarney and Mike Canales at North Texas. Wintrich's first stint at USF was as a graduate assistant, then after a stop at The Citadel, he has been a full-time coach the past two seasons.