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Report- USF offensive coordinator Gilbert taking McNeese State job

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Looks like a shake-up is coming for the coaching staff of the USF Bull’s offense, as coordinator Sterlin Gilbert is reportedly about to take a head coaching job.

According to Footballscoop.com, which does a tremendous job in breaking news involving assistants and smaller schools coaching hires, Gilbert will take over at FCS program-McNeese State, as their head coach.

The USF offensive coordinator for Charlie Strong’s two seasons in Tampa was also with Strong in the same role for the 2016 season at the University of Texas.

USF’s offense flourished in Gilbert’s first-year calling the plays (2017), as quarterback Quinton Flowers smashed school single season and career records for quarterbacks. The Bulls went on to a 10-win season and won a bowl game last year.

The Bulls did get off to a 7-0 start this, year and in particular their run game was excelling, as running back Jordan Cronkrite had five consecutive 100-yard games at one point in the year. However, USF faltered offensively, and overall, losing their final five games to finish 7 and 5.

We previously wrote last week about Strong looking himself at taking a head coaching job at another big time program. However Louisville, which was the likely possible landing place for Strong, hired Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield on Wednesday.

Just before 9 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday night, McNeese State finally confirmed the hire and verified Footballscoop’s report:

The most prominent job that remains opening is at Georgia Tech in the ACC. However, there is no real tie between Strong and that school.

Back to Gilbert: he is a former quarterback at Angelo State in San Angelo, Texas, and has worked his way up from the FCS ranks. This includes having been a highly successful offensive coordinator at Eastern Illinois in 2013.

McNeese State was 6-5 this past season before firing coach Lance Guidry.

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