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New names surface in USF coaching search

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 04:47 PM

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TAMPA -

Thursday brought new speculation about the University of South Florida's football coaching search, linking Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and third-year San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre to the job opening.

The Austin American-Statesman, and later ESPN, reported that Morris had been contacted by USF and will interview today for the job. Morris once was a state-championship high school coach in Austin, Texas.

MacIntyre confirmed to the San Jose Mercury News that he had been contacted this week for other jobs, but wouldn't name the schools.

USF fired Skip Holtz, 16-21 in three seasons, on Sunday. Bulls athletic director Doug Woolard said he expected a thorough process and wouldn't comment until a new coach was in place.

Morris, in his second season at Clemson after spending one season as Tulsa's offensive coordinator, was given a six-year contract at an annual $1.3 million salary in 2011. He was a high school head coach in Texas from 1994-2009.

MacIntyre has unique Tampa ties. His father, George, was the University of Tampa's defensive coordinator in 1968-69 under Fran Curci, who said the younger MacIntyre later tried out for his inaugural Tampa Bay Storm team in Arena Football.

San Jose State (10-2) is ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press poll and opened with a 20-17 loss against Stanford. The Spartans have improved from 1-12 in 2010, MacIntyre's first season.

According to 247Sports.com, USF also has interest in former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis, who is now a special assistant to Bucs coach Greg Schiano.

Earlier this week, USF speculation surrounded third-year Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart, a Palmetto native. Taggart has not commented about any USF contact.


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