Sunday, May 27, 2018
Colleges

Three linked to USF Bulls coaching job — or not linked

TAMPA — After a quiet few days with speculation focused on Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart, USF's coaching search jumped all over the map Thursday with various and even conflicting reports of interviews conducted or in the works with three other candidates:

• San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre interviewed Thursday, according to sports website SB Nation. But he declined to comment during a news conference in Washington for the Military Bowl.

• Bucs special assistant Butch Davis, the former University of Miami, University of North Carolina and Cleveland Browns coach, reportedly interviewed.

• Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris drew offsetting reports of an interview.

Confused? USF athletic director Doug Woolard isn't commenting, leaving the reports to come from the candidate end, where a wide level of interest has been established for the vacancy created by Sunday's firing of Skip Holtz.

MacIntyre, 47, who has San Jose State ranked No. 24 nationally, has ties to Florida. He was born in Miami while his father, George, started his college coaching career as an assistant at Miami. He spent 1968-69 as the University of Tampa's defensive coordinator before the Spartans dropped football in 1975.

Mike MacIntyre has a diverse resume, including five years in the NFL (four as Bill Parcells' defensive backs coach with the Cowboys). He helped recruit 49ers star linebacker Patrick Willis to Ole Miss and spent time in the Big East as Temple's defensive coordinator from 1997-98. The Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo., reported he is a candidate at Colorado after interviewing at Cal, which filled its opening Wednesday.

San Jose State went 1-12 in his first season, 2010, and 5-7 last season, prompting an extension through 2017. This year, he's 10-2. The losses came to Stanford and Utah State, currently Nos. 8 and 18, respectively.

Davis, 61, had been linked to Florida International, which fired Mario Cristobal on Wednesday. But ESPN reported Thursday that Davis wasn't taking that job amid other reports he was talking to USF and Tennessee for their openings.

Davis' success at Miami, 51-20 from 1995-2000, would make him a strong candidate, but it's unknown if NCAA violations that took place while he was at North Carolina — without his direct involvement — would concern the Bulls.

Three years ago, Morris, 44, was a high school coach in Texas, winning consecutive state titles. He ran Tulsa's offense for a season, then joined Clemson in 2011. He makes $1.3 million a year and helped quarterback Tajh Boyd become a star.

Both espn.com and the Austin American-Statesman reported Morris was interviewing, but he denied it in text messages to the Charleston Post & Courier.

Bonani honored: USF kicker Maikon Bonani was named to the All-Big East first team as voted on by the coaches. He made 18 of 23 field goals with two misses being blocked. Fellow seniors Mark Popek (guard), Cory Grissom (defensive tackle), Sam Barrington (linebacker) and Justin Brockhaus-Kann (punter) were second-teamers.

Comments
FSU football fans: How do you remember Jimbo Fisher?

FSU football fans: How do you remember Jimbo Fisher?

Former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher should be back in the state next week for the SEC's spring meetings in Destin. It is, to my knowledge, his first big trip back to Florida since leaving for Texas A&M in December.With that in mind, my questi...
Published: 05/25/18
FSU starter Josh Ball faces Title IX suspension over dating violence accusation

FSU starter Josh Ball faces Title IX suspension over dating violence accusation

Florida State starting offensive tackle Josh Ball faces a university suspension after a Title IX investigation found him responsible for dating violence.The suspension came to light in a Facebook post Monday afternoon by Sandra Sellers, an FSU studen...
Published: 05/22/18
Willie Taggart will take more fourth-down chances than Jimbo Fisher. But how many more?

Willie Taggart will take more fourth-down chances than Jimbo Fisher. But how many more?

TAMPA — Florida State coach Willie Taggart fielded an interesting question near the end of his Q&A with fans during Sunday's booster stop at Armature Works.Are the Seminoles going to be going for it more on fourth down?"We will be goin...
Published: 05/21/18
Athlon: Florida Gators, FSU and Miami will all finish in top 20

Athlon: Florida Gators, FSU and Miami will all finish in top 20

One of the first big nuggets from preseason college football magazines is out: Athlon's top 25.The site considers its rankings a prediction of where teams will be at the end of the year, not the beginning.Alabama and Clemson are 1-2 (no shock). Miami...
Published: 05/21/18
Taggart delivers a bolt to area

Taggart delivers a bolt to area

TAMPA — After spending four years as USF’s football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it’s no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," he sai...
Published: 05/20/18
Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

TAMPA – After spending four years as USF's football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it's no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," ...
Published: 05/20/18
ACC football announces early kickoff times, TV info for FSU, Miami games

ACC football announces early kickoff times, TV info for FSU, Miami games

The ACC has released some kickoff and TV information for the first three weeks of the season:Week 1 (previously announced)Miami vs. LSU (in Arlington, Texas): Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., ABCVirginia Tech at Florida State: Monday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m., ESP...
Published: 05/18/18
Why FSU playing Boise State in Jacksonville is a smart risk

Why FSU playing Boise State in Jacksonville is a smart risk

Old, unofficial news is expected to become old, official news today with a formal announcement that Florida State and Boise State are kicking off the 2019 season in Jacksonville.  A lot has changed since the schools announced the series (FSU pla...
Published: 05/16/18
FSU-Boise State to open 2019 season in Jacksonville

FSU-Boise State to open 2019 season in Jacksonville

What had been an open secret for months is now open and shut: Group of Five power Boise State will face FSU at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville in the teams' 2019 opener.A formal announcement is expected Wednesday, but the '19 schedule on Boise's offi...
Published: 05/15/18
RHP Mark Moclair’s versatility proves valuable to University of Tampa

RHP Mark Moclair’s versatility proves valuable to University of Tampa

TAMPA — He’s the accidental pitcher who can’t be pigeonholed into a defined role. He’s a well-spoken economics major who morphs into fire-breathing intensity on the mound. And he’s one of the biggest reasons why the University of Tampa Spartans are p...
Published: 05/15/18