Denson likely to bolt to South Bend
Notre Dame alumnus and current USF running backs coach Autry Denson is rumored to leave the school to take the same job at his alma mater just six days before the opening of spring practice, according to 247Sports.
Denson played at Notre Dame from 1995-98, becoming the Irish’s all-time leading rusher with 4,138 yards.
According to SI.com, Denson traveled to South Bend on Tuesday.
Denson, who was added to Taggart’s staff Jan. 12, spent only five weeks with the team before bolting for South Bend, which would be his fourth coaching job in 13 months.
Prior to being hired by USF, the Florida native coached the running backs at Miami (Ohio) last season and Bethune-Cookman from 2011-13.
Denson will be at least the third new face for the Irish with defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks and running backs coach Tony Alford leaving the school earlier this month.
Taggart will likely oversee the running game — a job he saw success with at Stanford from 2007-09 — when the team hits the practice fields next week.
Team of the Week
USF men’s golf was named Golfweek Team of the Week after winning the SunTrust Gator Invitational last weekend to open the spring season.
USF carried an eight-stroke lead through Sunday, beating out an impressive field of 14 teams, including No. 3 FSU and No. 6 Vanderbilt.
USF shot six shots better than any other team on par-5 holes throughout the tournament and finished in the top three in pars, birdies and eagles.
Freshman Claudio Correa took home his first individual win as a Bull on his way to being named Golfweek Player of the Week.
USF jumped nine spots to No. 14 in the rankings and head to Los Cabos, Mexico March 1-3 for the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.
O’Neal’s AAC honors
Senior Matthew O’Neal was named the AAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday for his triple jump win Saturday at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana.
O’Neal jumped 51 feet, 7.25 inches, which, although not his best mark of the season, is better than any other conference jump this season.
The Mississippi native broke the USF triple jump record Jan. 23 with a jump of 53 feet, 11 inches at the Vulcan Invite at UAB.