USF coach Skip Holtz could be turning to a former NFL receiver to fill the opening, as Jerome Pathon, receivers coach at the University of San Diego the past three years, interviewed for the receivers job last week and is very interested in joining the Bulls.
His hiring is likely to be announced today.
"I'm excited about the possibility of becoming a part of that staff, and part of that football program," Pathon said Monday.
Pathon, 36, an All-American at Washington, played eight NFL seasons, mostly with the Colts and Saints. He caught 260 passes in his career, including 15 touchdowns. Pathon started his coaching career working with receivers at his alma mater, and joined Division I-AA San Diego in 2009.
One of Pathon's Saints teammates was USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, who encouraged him to apply when he left to become the Dolphins' assistant receivers coach this month.
Pathon, who was born in South Africa and raised in Canada, lived in Fort Lauderdale for four years at the end of his playing career, and said he has long known of Holtz through NFL teammates like Jeff Burris and Lake Dawson, who played with him in Indianapolis and at Notre Dame when Holtz coached there.
Receiver should be one of USF's deepest and most talented positions, with Sterling Griffin and Terrence Mitchell returning from injuries and Andre Davis, Deonte Welch and Victor Marc coming off breakout seasons. UF transfer Chris Dunkley and freshman D'Vario Montgomery add playmakers.
staff shuffle: Holtz is shuffling three offensive assistants to work with new positions, with offensive coordinator Todd Fitch now working with quarterbacks, as he did for Holtz at East Carolina before coming to Tampa. Taking Fitch's spot in working with running backs will be tight ends coach Larry Scott, a more prominent position. Peter Vaas, who coached quarterbacks the past two seasons, will coach tight ends. There are no changes in playcalling.