The South Florida Bulls Football program has their new head coach in Alex Golesh. The former offensive coordinator at Tennessee inherits a Bulls program that went a putrid 4-26 under Jeff Scott. As of a few days ago, Golesh has finished assembling a staff that must not only be capable of coaching but developing talent so the beleaguered Bulls team can finally find some kind sustained success early on.
While this is Golesh’s first head coaching job, he took the Tennessee Volunteers’ offense to being one of the best in college football this season. One major key point to keep an eye on is the transfer portal. The program has seen countless players, like All-American Brian Battie and Jimmy Horn Jr., decide to leave the program upon the coaching change. The amount of USF players in the portal makes is a purge, giving the new staff a clean slate and a tall task.
With the transfer portal officially open as of December 5, Golesh and his staff must quickly find talent to backfill a depleted roster after the program lost numerous players to the Transfer Portal after Jeff Scott was fired. Many around the USF program are unsure of how this tenure will turn out because he arrives in Tampa with no previous head coaching experience and is coming in as an offensive coordinator, just as Scott did from Clemson. It could end in great success with potentially a few AAC conference titles and quality bowl appearances, or it could be another Jeff Scott disastrous few seasons.
When debating how the tenure will go, look at LSU and Florida State. Brian Kelly just led the Tigers to a 9-3 regular season and a berth in the SEC Championship. As for Norvell, he has completely turned the Seminoles around in Tallahassee in three years following several tortuous years and coaching changes for the storied Seminoles program. It took a few years to rebuild, but Norvell has the ‘Noles right back in the mix in the ACC.
Sure, Kelly and Norvell are on a much higher level in terms of coaching when compared to Golesh. But the main reflection from that is the Bulls now know what to expect in the coming seasons. The fan base will have to be patient with Coach Golesh and his staff. The likelihood of USF being a powerhouse in the American next season is not high, and by not high I mean low. However, this team has talent and if the players buy in, Golesh can coach this program back to relevancy.
Plus, with the on-campus stadium in the works and new state-of-the-art facilities, there is a lot to be proud of within the South Florida football program. A new chapter begins in the Bay and it started with Alex Golesh assembling a quality staff and retaining some current players, but hitting the transfer portal aggressively to bring in athletes that want a chance to succeed is the key.
USF Football Coaching Staff Under Golesh
The staff is complete 🤘🏼
HC: Alex Golesh
QBs/PGC: Joel Gordon
RBs/RGC: Matt Merritt
WR: Matthew Middleton
TEs: Clay Patterson
OL: Tyler Hudanick
DL: Kevin Patrick
DC/ILBs: Todd Orlando
CBs: Matt Birkett
ST/OLBs: Chad Creamer
Safeties: James Rowe
— SoFloBulls (@SoFloBulls) January 10, 2023