Skip Holtz, right, was first approached by South Florida, and he was named coach on Jan. 14, six days after the dismissal of Leavitt.
A public records request by the Tampa Tribune revealed a tsunami of interest in the opening, including an application from Michael Moore, a high school student in Texas who has no coaching experience but decided to email university officials about the job.
At least nine resumes were emailed to South Florida officials on Jan. 8, the day Leavitt was dismissed. Among that group: Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, New York Giant offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, Harvard coach Tim Murphy and Syracuse special teams coach Tim Casullo.
Others who expressed interest: Michigan offensive coordinator Calvin Magee; former NFL receiver Mel Gray, a freshman coach at Auburn High in Rockford, Ill.; former Virginia offensive coordinator and Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon; Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora; Rutgers offensive coordinator Kyle Flood; Joe Maglia, a consultant at Nebraska and former Ameritrade CEO; Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and Nebraska offensive coordinator Shaun Watson.
Former Iowa State and current Florida assistant Dan McCarney had his agent send a resume. Former Louisiana Monroe coach Charlie Weatherbie also made contact with South Florida officials.
The newspaper reported that Tampa Bay Buccaneers player personal director Doug Williams interviewed for the job and that former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer expressed indirect interest before South Florida settled on Holtz.