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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. 


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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:09 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

I honestly think that the Big East is going to be very strong in a few years, at least stronger than maybe the ACC.  Every program but Syaracuse and Louisville is competitive, but both those programs have good coaches in place to elevate their program.  Cincinnati is the only program that seems to be regressing right now, but in know way regressing to bottom tier.  The Big East might not be very top heavy yet, but they have the pieces in placce to do so. 

Markets in Cincinnati, New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Syaracuse, Louisville and Pittsburgh offer urban programs that are more likely to attract athletes who come from urban settings themselves, if they can keep the Big 10 from raiding one of their programs, and maybe look to add some new teams themselves (Navy or even possibly Notre Dame) than this conference can become relevant again.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:08 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

I hate to see this.  I am a Carolina fan, but live in Greenville.  Skip is a great coach and has done so much for the ECU program and Greenville.  I hate to see him go, but congrats to him.  Great hire for South Florida

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:04 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

I rahter have Fulmer, but Holtz is better than the Off. Coor.  & Def. Coor. names that were out there.

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:03 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

What would give you the indication that USF could win the National Title??....USF plays in the Big East which works for and against them.  Since the schedule is not too tough (since USF plays in Big East) and other teams from Big 12, SEC or Big Ten have same records that USF has then there would be no chance at title...SORRY.  That is the crap known as the current college football setup(See Cincy last yr).  No playoffs equals very little chance USF ever gets to a title game.  Plus they will still get leftovers from FLORIDA (Top program) , Miami (on way back up), Florida State (rebuilding finally and has good QB coming back) and whatever SEC teams wants to swoop in a grab some top recruits.  No doubt USF will grab some good high school players here and there but they will be second or third level guys. 

Skip is a good coach but not sure if he has been annointed "Great" yet. 

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:02 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida


   That is, quite frankly, a five-star comment.  Hysterical.  I laughed, I cried, I squinted my eyes and said, "Arrrghhh!" 

- The Rev

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:01 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

South Florida may have been the best open job in the country. Low Pressure but in a hotbed recruiting area with a school that's not affraid to take chances on discipline cases in a conference where every team is at least competative, save two. 

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2010 1:00 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

Scapegoats, I completely agree.  I think there's a huge opportunity for USF to elevate themselves above Florida State and Miami in terms of prestige.  Look how far they've come in such a short period of time as a D-1 program.  I also have no doubt that Skip Holtz will excel even further than he already has as a HC at USF.

Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2010 12:58 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

Great move.  UF, UM, FSU will take a back seat to USF within the next 5 years.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2010 12:57 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

lol good one bluths

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2010 12:57 pm

Skip Holtz to South Florida

Leach to ECU - he's always wanted to be a Pirate.

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