Report: Cosh leaving for South Florida

By The Mercury

Kansas State defensive coordinator Chris Cosh is expected to take the same position at the University of South Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Times reported Monday night that no formal offer had been made to Cosh, but that an announcement could come today. The Times also reported that Cosh spent the weekend interviewing for the job and attended the football team’s postseason banquet Saturday night.

The head coach of South Florida, Skip Holtz, worked with Cosh from 1999-2003 at South Carolina, where Cosh served as the school’s linebackers coach for the first four seasons before spending his final year as the defensive coordinator.

In 2010, Cosh’s K-State defense struggled to the point that fans were calling for his job. The Wildcats had ranked 105th nationally in total defense and next-to-last at stopping the run. But his unit bounced back in the high-powered Big 12 this past season. The defense came up with several big stops to allow K-State to hold on at the end of games, and ranked 37th in the country against the run this year, surrendering nearly 100 yards less per game.

Cosh’s unit also ranked 72nd nationally in total defense, the fifth-best mark in the Big 12.

A K-State official said Tuesday morning that “there is nothing to report at this time,” regarding Cosh.

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