TAMPA — Skip Holtz's search for a new USF defensive coordinator has targeted Kansas State's Chris Cosh, and though no offer had been made Monday night, an announcement could come today.
Cosh, 52, spent the weekend in Tampa to interview for the job, attending the Bulls' postseason banquet Saturday night and spending time with players and assistant coaches. He has been Kansas State's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach the past three seasons, helping the Wildcats to a 10-3 record in 2011.
Cosh and Holtz worked together from 1999-2003 on Lou Holtz's staff at South Carolina, with Cosh as linebackers coach for four seasons then defensive coordinator in 2003. Current USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch was on the same staff all five seasons. If hired, Cosh will have been a defensive coordinator in five of the six BCS conferences, having also held the title at Illinois, Maryland and South Carolina.
Holtz is seeking a replacement for Mark Snyder, who left last week after two seasons to take the same job on Kevin Sumlin's new staff at Texas A&M. Cosh, who would coach USF's linebackers as Snyder did, is the only candidate Holtz has brought in for an interview. Cosh would likely be the Bulls' highest-paid assistant, having made $290,000 last year at Kansas State. Snyder made $260,000 with the Bulls in 2011.
Reached by phone on Monday afternoon, Cosh declined to comment.
RENO BOUND: USF has completed its 2012 schedule with a fifth nonconference opponent, and the Bulls will travel to face Nevada in Reno in the second week of the season.
The Wolf Pack went 7-6 in 2011, losing to Southern Miss in the Hawaii Bowl after going 5-2 in their final season in the Western Athletic Conference. Nevada is scheduled to join the Mountain West starting with the 2012 season.
USF had to pick up a fifth nonconference game because TCU's decision not to join the Big East kept the league from having eight conference games. The Bulls already had four nonconference games in place, opening the season at home Sept. 1 against I-AA Chattanooga, traveling to Ball State on Sept. 22, hosting Florida State on Sept. 29 and traveling to face Miami on Nov. 24.
The schools have signed on to play a home-and-home series, with Nevada coming to Tampa in a future season. USF's 2013 schedule should be complete, so the Wolf Pack will likely come to Raymond James Stadium in 2014 or later.