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Skip Holtz to South Florida

Posted on: January 14, 2010 12:44 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2010 1:22 pm

East Carolina's Skip Holtz has taken the job at South Florida, has learned.

One of the most respected coaches in the game, Holtz went to the Bulls after his name had been mentioned for several openings in the last few years. Holtz was contacted Saturday night by the school after Jim Leavitt was fired on Friday. Leavitt was accused of grabbing a player by the throat and slapping him twice.

A school investigation contended that not only was the accusation true but also that Leavitt had impeded the investigation.

The hiring of Holtz perhaps begins the healing process at South Florida. Holtz, son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, is known as an overachiever having led both Connecticut and East Carolina to first-place finishes in their conferences.

In his last season at UConn, Holtz led the Huskies to their first-ever I-AA postseason. His past two East Carolina teams have won Conference USA titles. In 2007 and 2008 he led the Pirates to three consecutive victories over ranked teams (Boise State in the bowl; Virginia Tech and West Virginia to begin the 2008 season). At South Florida, he will have access to better players with better facilities and be playing for a BCS bowl each year.

Bobby Bowden gave Holtz his first job in 1987 as a grad assistant at Florida State. Holtz coached with his father at Notre Dame and South Carolina. He was offensive coordinator at both schools.

Other names associated with the job include Michigan assistant Calvin Magee, Florida assistant Dan McCarney and Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. reported Wednesday that Whipple had become the leading candidate. 

"There's a lot of positives to it," Holtz said Tuesday of South Florida. "It's definitely an up and coming program."

Holtz was 38-27 in five years at East Carolina and is 76-49 overall. 


Category: NCAAF

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2010 3:10 pm

Good choice

Best candidate available at this point in time.  This will not only save USF's recruiting class, but with Holtz's success and name should also bump it up a little.  I do hope they revive the UCF-USF "War on I-4" rivalry though with this new regime.  I loved going to those matches.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2010 2:48 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

That is the crap known as the current college football setup(See Cincy last yr). I did see Cincy last year. I saw them when they got their chance to prove that the bias towards the SEC, etc. was wrong when they played a team with a worse record than theirs... How did that work out?

Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2010 2:41 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

Look how far they have come in the last 10 years I wouldnt say a NC is out of the question. Still #4 in the state? Says who? We dont get 5 star recruits? Monsters? FSU is still a monster in the state? No highschool kid wants to play for FSU anymore. What happens when we beat UF in Gainsville next year? still #4 in the state then? USF has gotten 5 star recruits in the past and will continue to do so. FSU passed on a hometown kid and then he went up there has a redshirt and beat them.

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2010 2:34 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

East Carolina fans have got to recognize that unless something drastic happens to change the football program, the idea of keeping a coach long-term is a pipe dream.Either a coach will win & be hired away by another school (i.e. Holtz leaving for South Florida) or they will lose and be fired.

As much as ECU wants to become a national football power, actually breaking into the top tier of elete teams will be very hard for them to do.The main problem is that Conference USA is destined to be a minor conference for the forseeable future. ECU has no major geographic rivals in Conference USA & the only thing that member schools  really have in common is their mutual inability to get into a more highly regarded conference.In short, Conference USA is the Division 1 equivelent of the "Island of Misfit Toys" in the "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" Christmas cartoon. As the program now exists, the job of being the head football coach at ECU is sort of like managing a AAA baseball team.It amounts to an audition for someone looking to move on to bigger & better things.

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2010 2:31 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

Skip Holtz to ECU until Brian Kelly fails at Notre Dame (come on Brian Kelly and Charlie Weiss are fundamentally the same), and then it is off to South Bend. My thoughts are that this is a stepping stone for Holtz.

Since: Jun 8, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:42 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

A very good hire by USF, but just because they are in Florida I wouldn't expect to see recruiting be easy for him.  The big 3 in Florida still have a big edge there.

Good luck to them though.  I won't be upset if I'm wrong.  They're my distant 2nd favorite college team.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:27 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

ARRGGHHHH!!!  Captain Bob loves me Pirates of East Carolina and this my mateys, blows!!  After chuggin' a liter of me rum, I've decided that Leach would perfect.  However, Terry Holland, the ECU AD, isn't going to hire someone wth some luggage.  He has morals.  ARRGGHHH!!!  No place for morals in today's NCAA!!  Anyway, we return to suckyness again.  And of course, we are expanding the stadium for next year.  How do we sell 7,000 more seats now?  AARRRGHHH!!  Anyway, thank you SKip, BACK TO BACK CUSA CHAMPS!!!

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:20 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

I like the add but it's a bit of a stretch to give them a NC in 10 years.  USF is still the #4 team in the state and doesn't get the 5-star recruits like the other monsters there.  Skip Holtz is the right choice.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:12 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

This is a program that could win a national title in the next decade.Not a chance in that timeframe...can't hang in recruitning with big boys, athletics lacks financial backing to hang with big boys, no on campus stadium, and these important factors aren't going to change that fast.  Granted overall the program had a meteoric rise, now they have hit a bit of a ceiling and it will take time (more than a decade) to make any real progression toward realistically competing for a NC.  The school is large, the infrastructure isn't there yet, but it will or could be but not in a ten year window.  Think more like twenty five years, if they maintain their current level of competitiveness and continually improve the fan base and financial backing.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:09 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

Funny, but what if.....?

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