Whipple-USF: What we're hearing

Mark Whipple made a big impact on Miami's football team in 2009 and now there is talk going around that he may be in line for another job. Read on for the latest.

Mark Whipple was hired this time last year by head coach Randy Shannon. Whipple, a former head coach in the Ivy League, spent several seasons as an NFL assistant before getting offered the offensive coordinator position at Miami last January.

The Miami offense improved tremendously in almost every area and Whipple was a major reason for that.

Now reports are going around that he could be a candidate for another coaching job. Footballscoop.com reported on Wednesday that Whipple is a possible candidate for the head coaching job at USF.

We went straight to our sources in Tampa to try learning more information about the situation. We're hearing that East Carolina coach Skip Holtz is the top priority for the Bulls right now and he actually interviewed for the job earlier this week. Whether or not it was offered to him remains a question mark at this point.

Our sources also confirmed that former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, who has a lot of Florida ties, was in Tampa Wednesday night for a meeting with USF officials. He appears to be another strong candidate for the job.

After those two guys, several names have been tossed around as "possibilities" including a couple former USF assistants.

At this time, we don't believe Whipple is a major candidate for the job. Should Holtz and Bowden both turn the job down if offered, Whipple MIGHT get in the mix but that appears doubtful at this point.

Would Whipple be a qualified candidate for that job? Absolutely, without question. However, it doesn't appear, based on what we're hearing, that is a likely possibility at this point.

Stay tuned, as we'll continue to monitor the situation and provide up-to-date information as it becomes available to us.

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