In an unexpected turn of events, South Florida football received shocking news of Tuesday afternoon as newly hired running backs coach Autry Denson will leave for the same position under Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, his alma mater. The news comes just six days before the Bulls officially begin spring practice. The departure has yet to be officially confirmed by both schools.
Hired on January 12th to replace the recently departed Telly Lockette, Denson was poised to take over a rushing unit featuring the likes of D’Ernest Johnson and breakout star Marlon Mack. The Lauderhill, FL native is relatively new to coaching, starting his career in 2010 and making stops at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Bethune-Cookman, and Miami University before accepting the position at USF. Now roughly five weeks later, Denson will now accept his fourth job in three years as he mans the rushing attack for the Fighting Irish where he still the school’s all-time leading rusher.
With the sudden departure, this puts USF in a predicament where potentially Willie Taggart himself will oversee the running back committee. Having served as running backs coach at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh, Taggart is no stranger to the position. But the unexpected move simply adds another layer to an offense already being micromanaged under multiple coordinators.