TAMPA — The University of South Florida’s football coaching staff received another offseason blow Thursday when co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Danny Hope resigned, likely signaling a few new faces and some restructuring of responsibilities.
Hope, a former Purdue head coach, came to USF last season without his family. He now will return to Kentucky, where his wife has a career and his son lives.
Earlier this offseason, the Bulls lost defensive coordinator Tom Allen, who left after just one season at USF for the same position at Indiana University.
Hope’s work with the offensive line, which had the same five starters for all 13 games, and Allen’s innovative 4-2-5 defensive philosophy were considered two of the biggest reasons for USF’s 8-5 turnaround season.
Meanwhile, former Bucs quarterback Shaun King is close to completing a deal that would make him USF’s new quarterbacks coach, according to a source with knowledge of the program’s plans.
According to multiple reports, the Bulls are considering former Cincinnati assistant Darren Hiller to replace Hope as offensive-line coach.
“I would like to thank Danny for his significant contributions to the success of our program over the past season,’’ USF coach Willie Taggart said in a statement. “We appreciated having him as part of our staff and I know he enjoyed being a Bull. He loved it here and I loved having him, but sometimes you have to make choices in regards to what’s best for your family. I respect Danny’s desire to do what’s best for him and his family. We wish him nothing but the best in the future.’’
David Reaves served last season as USF’s co-offensive coordinator, working with quarterbacks and coordinating the passing game. Reaves came to USF in 2013 as Taggart’s receivers coach.
It’s not immediately known how Taggart plans to structure the staff’s responsibilities, but he will continue to call the plays.
USF’s offense, led by the rapid development of sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers, produced a school-record 5,741 yards and 54 touchdowns last season.
Hope and Reaves were USF’s fourth offensive coordinators in as many seasons. Raymond Woodie, who was elevated from assistant head coach/linebackers coach after Allen’s departure, is USF’s fifth defensive coordinator in six seasons. USF is about to add its fifth offensive line coach in six seasons.
King, a product of St. Petersburg’s Gibbs High and Tulane University, has been working as an NFL analyst with Yahoo Sports.
A second-round pick of the Bucs in 1999, he was pressed into service after injuries to Eric Zeier and Trent Dilfer. King started the team’s final five regular-season games and helped the Bucs into the NFC Championship Game, where they lost 11-6 against the St. Louis Rams.
King played four more seasons with the Bucs, starting 25 of the 34 games he played, and helping the Bucs to another playoff berth in 2000. He played with the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.
Staff writer Roy Cummings contributed to this report.