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Kansas State's Chris Cosh agrees to become USF Bulls' defensive coordinator

TAMPA — Chris Cosh, who faced many of the nation's top offenses in helping Kansas State to a 10-win season, agreed to join Skip Holtz's staff as USF's defensive coordinator.

Cosh, 52, spent the past three years at K-State, and he'll take over a veteran defense expected to improve on disappointing finishes en route to a 5-7 season. He coached with Holtz for five seasons at South Carolina and takes over for Mark Snyder, who left for the same job at Texas A&M.

"I've got great respect for him as a teacher and communicator," Holtz said. "He's had a lot of success building some of the top programs in the country, and I'm looking forward to working with him again here at USF."

Cosh was the only candidate Holtz brought in for an interview, attending the team's postseason banquet this past weekend and meeting with USF players and assistant coaches. K-State made a strong push to keep him, but Holtz got word around 10 p.m. Wednesday that Cosh had accepted his offer. Financial details weren't immediately available, but he'll be the highest-paid assistant on Holtz's staff.

Cosh's defense improved from 119th nationally in run defense to 39th in 2011. K-State made a goal-line stop against Miami quarterback Jacory Harris to preserve a September win and faced six of the nation's top 13 offenses in total yards, winning four of those games.

Kansas State's Chris Cosh agrees to become USF Bulls' defensive coordinator 01/18/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:19am]
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