USF associate AD McGillis leaving for Southern Miss

TAMPA — Bill McGillis, USF's executive associate athletic director and Doug Woolard's top assistant since 2007, is leaving to be athletic director at Southern Mississippi.

The Golden Eagles play in Conference USA, and the move allows McGillis for the first time to be in charge of a college program that includes football. He was AD at Evansville before coming to USF.

McGillis, 50, supervised USF's recent run of facility upgrades and was very involved in hiring football coach Willie Taggart.

In other USF news, senior Josh Brown, who would have entered preseason as the starting nickel defensive back, will miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during a workout. USF plans to pursue a sixth year of eligibility for Brown.

Football: The Music City Bowl and Gator Bowl announced a partnership to pick a school from the Big Ten or ACC in a six-year deal starting in 2014. The ACC will play at each site three times. The bowls still must complete agreements on an opponent. The ACC announced other bowl deals through the 2019 season: it adds the Capital One Bowl in years when the game needs a replacement because the Big Ten is sending its No. 2 team to the Orange, and it will continue to send teams to the Russell Athletic, Sun and Belk bowls. … Ricky Williams, 36, who retired as an NFL running back in 2011, agreed to coach running backs at the University of the Incarnate Word, a Division I-AA private Catholic school in San Antonio, Texas.

Basketball: Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin received a $50,000 annual raise that increases his yearly compensation to $1.35 million. He's 39-28 with NIT trips in two seasons.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

USF associate AD McGillis leaving for Southern Miss 07/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:54pm]

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