Report: USF football to hire Alex Golesh as new head coach

Alex Golesh has been offensive coordinator at Tennessee for two seasons. UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE ATHLETICS PHOTO

Alex Golesh was reported to be hired as USF football’s new head coach, per multiple reports Saturday night.

Action Network reporter Brett McMurphy first reported the news on Twitter. USF has not announced or confirmed the hire yet.

Golesh is offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at No. 7 Tennessee. He has been in the position the past two seasons under head coach Josh Heupel. Golesh also worked under Heupel at UCF in 2020 as co-offensive coordinator.

Tennessee went 10-2 (6-2 SEC) this season and has the No. 1 offense in the country. The Vols also had a top 20 offense last season. The Bulls offense is ranked 66th this season. 

During the search, Director of USF Athletics Michael Kelly said he would not be ruling out candidates without head coaching experience. Same approach applied when hiring former coach Jeff Scott in 2019, who also was an offensive coordinator before coming to USF.

Kelly said he was contacted by many interested candidates, citing the USF football head coaching job is still “highly attractive” thanks to Scott.

Many names were rumored as possibilities to take the job, including Deion Sanders who is now headed to coach at Colorado, Jamey Chadwell from Coastal Carolina and Garrett Riley from TCU, per multiple reports over the past week.

Kelly gave himself a soft deadline of Dec. 5 to make his decision, so an official announcement is expected to come soon.

This is a developing story.