USF's Fitch was candidate for Coastal Carolina job
USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, who helped the Bulls improve their offense in a disappointing 2011 season, was considered earlier this month for the head coaching job at I-AA Coastal Carolina, which ultimately hired former TD AmeriTrade CEO Joe Moglia.
Fitch was listed Monday night by WMBF-TV in Myrtle Beach as one of three finalists for the job, citing public documents obtained from the school. Fitch confirmed Monday that he had two phone interviews with CCU but never went on campus to talk about the job. Fitch has worked with USF coach Skip Holtz for 15 seasons, since he was head coach at Connecticut from 1994-98. Fitch and Holtz were at South Carolina in 2003 when Coastal launched its football program, now just nine seasons old.
USF took a step back in Holtz' second season, going 5-7 and missing a bowl for the first time in seven years, but the Bulls' offense took a step forward, increasing its average total offense by 121.8 yards per game and scoring 5.1 points more than it did in 2010.
Coastal Carolina went outside the box in hiring Moglia, who had not held a coaching position in college football since 1983, working last season as a head coach in the UFL after being a Fortune 500 CEO. He's been touted as a billionaire, but said at his hiring announcement last week that such a claim was a "gross exaggeration."