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USF looking at Holtz, Fedora, Bowden, Sumlin… and Fulmer?

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.

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11 Responses to “USF looking at Holtz, Fedora, Bowden, Sumlin… and Fulmer?”
  1. seventy7 says: Jan 12, 2010 8:15 AM

    Fulmer???
    he would not do well in this area, we need a younger coach that can relate to players…Skip Holtz would be the ideal choice

  2. ryanrico says: Jan 12, 2010 9:13 AM

    I don’t get why Fulmer would be an attractive candidate. His run at UT ended up running pretty dry…

  3. tinshaker says: Jan 12, 2010 11:09 AM

    The last paragraph is barely readable.
    I can’t really throw my support behind any of these candidates until the Leavitt thing plays out. I’m not the gullible sort, and I am a USF ‘homer’, to qualify this opinion, but I believe Coach Leavitt. I’ve lost a job as the result of one of these types of investigations before (didn’t involve any sort of violence or crime) where I was 125 innocent, but if one person lies about you, that’s all it takes to create suspicion, and that’s usually all it takes for the ‘investigators’ to form an opinion which they never waver from, never giving the accused a chance to defend themselves. Tribunals are not fair ways of meting out justice, and are almost always biased against the accused.
    Anyway, I don’t see the point of thinking about the next coach right now, because either way, USF’s recruiting just took a major dent – because that was Leavitt’s true value, he brought the kids into the fold and away from the bigger programs. The timing of his firing is going to scare off at least a few prospects.

  4. Doctor Bull says: Jan 12, 2010 11:35 AM

    Rumors down in Tampa are that Holtz is the man. In reality, there is no telling who it will be at this point. Holtz is one of the most qualified coaches actually available, so its hard to be upset with the pick. My biggest concern as a Bulls fan is that I will have to hear more from his father. Also, Lou could spit in a players eye while giving him a motivations speech and inadvertently blind him before a game!

  5. oraclepz says: Jan 12, 2010 12:48 PM

    imagine the press we would get if we hired Skip Holtz. We might get Notre Dame treatment from Lou.

  6. tinshaker says: Jan 12, 2010 12:53 PM

    Doctor Bull makes a good point, if hiring Skip means Lou will be around more, I strongly object. Then again, if it means he’ll be out of the studio so he can’t do his awful skits, and that USF gets a couple of extra games on national TV, then maybe….

  7. Cubano says: Jan 12, 2010 2:22 PM

    Lou has NEVER overstepped his bounds w/ any of Skip’s Teams. Dating back to when Skip coached at UConn.

  8. ENCPir873 says: Jan 12, 2010 3:02 PM

    Cubano hit it on the head in ref. to Lou & his treatment of Skip’s team(s)…Ihave NEVER heard any priase (unless you count giving a couple of Helmet Stickers to an ECU player) for any of Skip and ECU’s accomplishments.
    I hope Skip stays in Grenville, and I REALLY hope that Coach Leavitt gets his name cleared! The way he has come out with guns a’blazing & emphaticaly denying the allegations, I tend to believe him! I think he’s geting a raw deal.
    I know Skip enjoys working with/for Terry Holand & Chancellor Ballard…He has lauded their working relationship/environment in numerous interviews, and even told of a conversation he was having with his wife (while looing @ the Cincy ofer), “If ECU was in a BCS conference, are we even HAVVING this ocnversation?”
    I would LOVE to see ECU in the Big East…GREAT football & crowds/fans you guys have…and I think we’d be a good fit in the Conference.

  9. Crushitlong says: Jan 13, 2010 10:36 AM

    Mike Leach guys, Mike Leach.
    Imagine what his offense could do with the speed on this team.

  10. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Jan 13, 2010 4:45 PM

    Tinshaker,
    I agree with you about that last paragraph. As a journalism major and defender of the English Language, I share your dismay. However, I’m wondering if you’re insinuating that USF should wait to hire a new coach because of some evidence yet to unfold, that may get Leavitt his job back. I’m sure you know that that’s not possible. He’s just shaking the money tree for a settlement.
    Mike Leach is the perfect hire. He’s the real victim, not Leavitt. Leach was fired for 800,000, PERIOD. I bet Carlton Mitchell could play Cornerback, with how fast he’d backpedal away from the NFL Draft, once Leach was announced the new head coach. Doesn’t really matter, Mitchell is garbage and would be lucky to hear his name int he seventh round. He’ll end up being invited to the Bucs training camp, ala Amari Jackson.

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