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USF AD addresses Skip Holtz’s performance as coach

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Say what you will about Skip Holtz‘s tenure at South Florida, but the guy has at least continued the program’s annual tradition of not meeting expectations which started with Jim Leavitt. In fairness, I’ve done my part to make sure those expectations were set high — if not unreasonably high — before a down of football was played.

So with the season halfway over, it’s only natural for USF fans to feel disappointed in a 2-4 start that has the Bulls at the bottom of the Big East. After going 8-5 in Holtz’s first year in 2010, USF fell to 5-7 last year. That record mat be a reach this season.

That has, indirectly or not, caused USF athletic director Doug Woolard to release a statement on the future of the program. Below is the statement in its entirety, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times. It’s not a vote of confidence, nor is it a promise of change. It just sort of… is. That’s probably not a good thing either considering it’s being released mid-season.

“I know Skip, his staff and the players are working diligently to get that next win, and to find sustained success. Certainly, the results, in terms of wins and losses to date, are disappointing to everyone involved with our program — the coaches, the players, athletic administration and our passionate fans. Our expectations for this program are very high. I also know this team has a lot of football left to play and great opportunities in front of it. We’re only six games into a 12-game regular season.”

“We are going to provide all the support possible for our football program, including employment contracts that reflect our commitment to success. Many factors come into play when considering contract terms, including conditions in the national coaching marketplace. In Skip’s case, multiple BCS schools sought his coaching services at the end of both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. As a result, we felt it was important to maintain the stability and continuity of leadership in our football program and extended Skip’s contract.

“As has been our practice in the past, we will evaluate the status of each of our 19 programs at the conclusion of their respective seasons. We’ll identify where we are as a football program at that time and continue to build from there.”

Holtz received an extension over the summer that keeps him in Tampa through 2017. But, as Woolard’s statement says, Holtz’s status will be addressed once the season is over.

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6 Responses to “USF AD addresses Skip Holtz’s performance as coach”
  1. orthomarine says: Oct 9, 2012 7:04 PM

    Skip has let the school, the players, and the fan base down.

    He hires his friends instead of seeking quality assistants… Look at K-State since Cosh left, enough said alone there

    Go ahead USF, keep him, and the donors will keep their $

  2. normtide says: Oct 9, 2012 9:38 PM

    Wasn’t Leavitt the coach that refused to be fired?

  3. floridacock says: Oct 10, 2012 12:31 PM

    Skip coached under his dad at South Carolina in the early 2000’s. There was a wink and a nod agreement between Lou and the AD that Skip was being groomed for the head coach job once Lou retired. Carolina decided he was not qualified to run a program of that size and passed when Lou retired. They got some other coach instead. Doin pretty good.

  4. js20011041 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:31 PM

    To lump Jim Leavitt in with Skip Holtz simply isn’t fair. Leavitt may not have been the coach to take the program from good to elite, but he literally built that program from the ground up. That was a good program that has turned to shit since Skip took over.

  5. buckeye1nation says: Oct 10, 2012 6:49 PM

    I live in Tampa and was excited with the hiring of Holtz, based on his record at ECU. I now know it was a mistake and it is time to move on for the future of the program.

  6. chrisbrunson17 says: Oct 10, 2012 10:56 PM

    Ummm leavitt made the program from nothing and was fired over some BS. He got the program into top 5 with no 5 star recruits, and Matt groethe who was recruited by only USF. Central Fla didn’t even offer him. Skip is an idiot but don’t talk bad about Leavitt.

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