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New USF Bulls football coach Skip Holtz lets go of five assistant coaches

TAMPA — Five USF assistant football coaches, including coordinators Mike Canales and Joe Tresey, will not be retained by new head coach Skip Holtz.

Three part-time assistants from fired coach Jim Leavitt's staff — offensive line coach Mike Simmonds, linebackers coach David Blackwell and special teams coach John Hendrick — also will not stay on.

Offensive line coach Larry Scott and defensive line coach Kevin Patrick have been retained. Running backs coach Carl Franks and receivers coach Phil McGeoghan will stay on and be evaluated at a later date.

Holtz's defensive line coach at East Carolina, Vernon Hargreaves, will join his former head coach on USF's staff, according to a TV report out of North Carolina.

There's a strong chance that ECU co-offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will take the USF job vacated by Canales.

Canales was a member of USF's inaugural staff in 1996 as offensive coordinator, left after five seasons, then returned in 2007.

Tresey just finished his first season as USF's defensive coordinator after being lured from Big East rival Cincinnati. ECU defensive backs/assistant head coach Rick Smith is a likely replacement. Smith is a Tallahassee native and a Florida State graduate.

After three days on the job, Holtz picked up his first oral commitment. Jake Kaufman, a 6-foot-9, 330-pound offensive tackle from Brick Township, N.J., chose USF on Sunday during an official campus visit.

"After the meeting with Coach Holtz, I knew this was the right place for me," said Kaufman, who said he had a slew of strong offers including Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Miami.

Scout.com and Rivals.com rate Kaufman as a three-star recruit, with Scout rating him the No. 52 tackle in the nation and Rivals ranking him No. 68.

New USF Bulls football coach Skip Holtz lets go of five assistant coaches 01/17/10 [Last modified: Sunday, January 17, 2010 11:04pm]

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