Watson, Wilson, McCarney among those who applied for USF job

The South Florida job eventually claimed by Skip Holtz prompted wide interest among current and former Big 12 coaches.

The Tampa Tribune reported that a variety of coaches had interest in the position created when Jim Leavitt was fired on Jan. 8.

Among the more notable applicants included Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, former Iowa State coach and current Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney and former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and current Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora.

Another candidate was Nebraska football consultant Joe Moglia, a former chairman at TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation and a former defensive coordinator at Dartmouth.

The interest in the Bulls job isn't unexpected. Many coaches see it as a potential coaching gold mine because of its facilities, location and conference affiliation. It's not a surprise that some of the top Big 12 coordinators and other coaches were intrigued by the school and its possibilities.