While Jim Leavitt has vowed to fight for his job (ask Mike Leach how that fight ends up, Jim), a list of coaches have moved to the forefront to replace the face of Bulls football.
The Tampa Tribune’s Scott Carter reports that East Carolina’s Skip Holtz, Southern Miss’ Larry Fedora, Houston’s Kevin Sumlin, and former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden are all candidates for the job. Also getting his name thrown into the ring is former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer — an intriguing candidate — for a job that’s a definite step down the mountain from his former gig at Rocky Top, but a program that’s nonetheless on the rise in a suspect Big East.
Rivals’ Tom Dienhart reported late last night that Skip Holtz is the top target for East Carolina. Holtz could be a good fit for a program that’s making the news that Jim Leavitt always wanted to make, but right now is making it for all the wrong reasons. In a Big East that has just lost its top coach, and situated in a state with (possible) transition at two of the top three programs in the state, the Bulls job is at a place where coaches know they can win.