USF's Skip Holtz denies any interest in Arkansas job

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Add South Florida's Skip Holtz to the already growing list of candidates who say they have no interest in the open Arkansas head coaching position.

"I have not talked to anybody from Arkansas," Holtz told the Tampa Tribune. "We've been through this drill. It's flattering your name is floating around, but right now we have a job to do here."

Holtz's name has regularly appeared on lists of potential new Razorback coaches, thanks to his father Lou Holtz's time as the Arkansas head man, the seven years Skip spent in Fayetteville during that time period, and his solid reputation among the coaching ranks.

But Holtz was emphatic that he will remain the coach at South Florida for the foreseeable future.

"I am not looking to leave here. I am not calling anybody. I am not trying to put my name out there. I want to be the head football coach here," he said. "I enjoy it here. I like it here. I addressed this in the offseason when some other opportunities were open. I said then I think we have a lot of things we want to get done here. We've got a great senior class coming back, and the attitude and morale of this football team is my No. 1 priority."

Holtz's wife Jennifer had a sense of humor about the rumors, though.

"My wife, who has a way of keeping me humble, said 'Why would anybody want to hire you? You were 5-7," he said. Point, Ms. Holtz.

Regardless of Holtz's present struggles with the Bulls, however, due diligence on the part of Razorback A.D. Jeff Long means that'll likely speak to anyone willing to speak to him. Judging by the forcefulness of Holtz's response, though -- one much more convincing than Gus Malzahn's earlier Wednesday -- Holtz probably isn't one of those "anyone's." Expect the Hogs to look elsewhere.

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