Just a day after national signing day, USF Bulls coach Skip Holtz has lost one of his top young recruiters, as receivers coach Phil McGeoghan has accepted a job with the Miami Dolphins as the team's assistant receivers coach.
Just Wednesday, McGeoghan, 32, was honored as one of the nation's top 50 recruiters by 247sports.com, having been the primary recruiter for USF on four-star tight end Sean Price of North Marion and three-star recruits Chris Bivins and Tashon Whitehurst from Gainesville. Holtz was contacted by the Dolphins on Wednesday night and McGeoghan flew to Miami on Thursday morning for an interview. Players were told of his decision to accept the job on Thursday night.
McGeoghan is leaving behind one of the Bulls' deepest and most talented positions, though one that has been severely limited by injuries over the last two seasons. USF saw three of its top receivers entering the season -- Sterling Griffin, A.J. Love and Terrence Mitchell -- miss significant parts of the year with injuries. It should be much improved in 2012, with the addition of Florida transfer Chris Dunkley and true freshman D'vario Montgomery of Winter Park.
From a salary standpoint, McGeoghan was the lowest-paid (and least experienced) of Holtz's assistants, earning only $90,000 in 2011. After a brief stint in the NFL, McGeoghan has made a rapid rise in the coaching ranks -- in 2007, he earned $12,000 as a part-time assistant at I-AA Maine, then spent one season at the Naval Academy's prep school before joining Jim Leavitt's USF staff as receivers coach in 2009.
McGeoghan was one of three USF position coaches Holtz kept from Leavitt's staff. Now tight ends coach Larry Scott and defensive tackles coach Kevin Patrick remain. He's the second assistant to leave this offseason; defensive coordinator Mark Snyder left to join the staff at Texas A&M, and Holtz hired Kansas State defensive coordinator Chris Cosh to replace him.
The news of McGeoghan interviewing with the Dolphins was first reported by Bulls247.com's Josh Newberg. The Dolphins job came open this week after former Gators and Bucs receiver Ike Hilliard left to become receivers coach with the Redskins.