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Chris Oladokun, offensive line coach leaving USF

The Bulls' second-year line coach will join former Bulls offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert at McNeese State.
USF offensive line coach Matt Mattox is the fourth Bulls assistant set to depart from this season's staff. [Times files]
USF offensive line coach Matt Mattox is the fourth Bulls assistant set to depart from this season's staff. [Times files]
Published Dec. 28, 2018
Updated Dec. 28, 2018

USF third-year sophomore QB Chris Oladokun, who made three starts this season in place of injured veteran Blake Barnett, announced via Twitter on Friday he intends to transfer.

Oladokun's announcement came only hours after second-year offensive line coach Matt Mattox announced he's leaving to join former USF offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert at Division I-AA McNeese State.

A Sickles High alumnus, Oladokun becomes the second Bulls quarterback to enter the NCAA's transfer portal, joining fourth-year junior Brett Kean. USF still has four quarterbacks on scholarship: Barnett, freshmen Octavious Battle and Jordan McCloud, and recent signee Jahquez Evans.

Oladokun completed 50 percent of his passes (22-for-44) for 285 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in 2018. With Barnett injured, he was thrust into highly unfavorable situations late in the season, making his starting debut at Cincinnati (when game-time temperatures were in the high-20s) and starting again at home against UCF. USF lost both.

Mattox said he'll serve as Gilbert's offensive coordinator at McNeese. The announcement comes days after the Tampa Bay Times reported that four assistants weren't expected to be retained by Charlie Strong.

Whether Mattox, 36, left on his own accord is unclear, but he joins Gilbert, defensive ends coach Damon Cogdell and secondary coach Blue Adams as Bulls assistants not set to return in 2019.

Mattox and Gilbert previously have worked together at five different schools — Eastern Illinois, Bowling Green, Tulsa, Texas and USF — in the last half-decade.

After a solid season in 2017, when the Bulls averaged 264.1 rushing yards a game, USF struggled with continuity and protection this past fall. The Bulls allowed 38 sacks this past season, 20 more than they surrendered in '17; and managed only 193.6 yards per game on the ground.

The starting lineup used in the Gasparilla Bowl, which included true freshmen Brad Cecil and Donovan Jennings, was the fifth starting unit of the season.