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Report: USF trustees chair quite unhappy with Skip Holtz

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South Florida’s athletic director Doug Woolard was careful with his words earlier this week when he released a statement regarding Skip Holtz‘s status as the team’s head coach.

“I know Skip, his staff and the players are working diligently to get that next win, and to find sustained success,” Woolard wrote. “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.”

The chairman of the school’s board of trustees, John Ramil, was more direct with his.  In an email to university president Judy Genshaft obtained by the Tampa Bay Times via an open records request, Ramil called USF’s loss to Temple last Saturday “disgusting and unacceptable.”

We have major problems with our football program.”

Some USF fans have voice similar concerns with the Bulls at 2-4 this season, so those cries aren’t lost on deaf ears within the university. How much time Holtz has to turn things around isn’t clear yet, but there’s no doubt that the locals are getting restless.

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16 Responses to “Report: USF trustees chair quite unhappy with Skip Holtz”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 11, 2012 9:16 PM

    Maybe they can talk Leavitt into coming back? LOL

    Didn’t take long for Holtz to turn this program from nationally respected into a national joke.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 11, 2012 9:18 PM

    The remedy is for the Bulls to start winning. The life of a college football coach is not easy. There are expectations that are not being met.

    “…there’s no doubt the [natives] are getting restless.” (forgive the paraphrase, Ben!) Maybe Skip can call his dad and get some pointers? ha.

  3. pirates20 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:31 PM

    Should have stayed in G’ville. Greed got the best of him

  4. ningenito78 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:50 PM

    It’s wasn’t greed. It was the natural ascension for a college coach. He wasn’t getting any shots at big time games at East Carolina. And the big reason was there was a few years there toward the end of Bowden’s tenure at FSU that USF was getting some Florida kids they wouldn’t usually get. Now under Fisher they’re back on the national stage and the recruiting coups they were getting dried up. He should have pushed for the Maryland job when he has the chance.

  5. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 11, 2012 10:13 PM

    I have no problem with USF fans and trustees wanting to have a decent football program but they need to keep in mind that they are still USF. Recruits would still rather play at Miami rightnow with all the trouble they face than go to USF.

  6. fatcamper says: Oct 12, 2012 8:15 AM

    brewcrewfan54,
    I can agree to that, but I think things were heading in a different direction with Leavitt. USF was starting to win some recruiting battles against the big boys (FSU/UF). I think Skip’s work is part of the reason Miami has been able to stay in the game. Skip had a chance to step on their throat and missed it.

  7. ddaniels11 says: Oct 12, 2012 8:40 AM

    It’s not so much recruits as it is being coaching. Case in point: the Boise St’s and UL Monroe’s, Ohio, etc… They’re not pulling ranked recruiting classes, but the coaches are coaching them up. I’ve said it since Holtz was at ECU, that the O-Coordinator that he keeps bringing along with him will eventually cost him his job, because he’s awful. USF should be very competitive, and they’re not whatsoever. As much as the Big East is down and out right now, they should be taking advantage of this, but they’re falling behind, and falling fast.

  8. orthomarine says: Oct 12, 2012 8:45 AM

    No one wanted him to fail, why would we?

    However, this is his second failure at the BCS level in a row… His dad even saw it and fired/demoted him…

  9. chiefagc5675 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:15 PM

    Pay no attention to those USF fans Holtz- like most Floridians they’re deficient in the brain dept. They must think that Temple and FSU have the same teams they had three years ago.

  10. canehouse says: Oct 12, 2012 2:19 PM

    Should have never fired Jim Leavitt!!!!

  11. rcali says: Oct 12, 2012 4:00 PM

    Maybe he should have stolen the good Notre Damn players. Hey Aaron Lynch, how’s that 2-4 record and a soon to be fired coach treating ya?

  12. fatcamper says: Oct 12, 2012 4:30 PM

    rcali the other “Notre Damn” players probably wouldn’t have gotten a waiver to play this year either. Dude is 20, get off his jock.

  13. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Oct 12, 2012 6:12 PM

    It’s more than just recruiting. Leavitt would pull a solid guy here and there but players weren’t exactly bolting to USF. Even during FSU and Miami’s rough years they’d still pull tip recruits left and right, they just didn’t know how to use them.

    USF’s strength was defense. Leavitt got 100% out of them each and ever game and it allowed them to potentially compete with anyone. These disasters against Ball State and Temple never would have happened under him because those defenses had a toughness that the current one lacks.

  14. grudenthediva says: Oct 12, 2012 10:18 PM

    ” USF was starting to win some recruiting battles against the big boys (FSU/UF).”

    Name some.

    USF gets transfers and washouts, guys like Lynch, Dunkley, Giddins, etc. Every time I’d see a 4-5 star recruit have USF “in the mix” with teams like UF, FSU, UM, Bama, LSU, etc., I would laugh my ass off.

    Big Four, huh. Well, if you count FAU, FIU and UCF, maybe.

  15. fatcamper says: Oct 12, 2012 11:53 PM

    grudenthediva,
    1) Giddins – thanks for doing the work for me.
    Not once did I or anybody else in this post say “Big Four.” Seems like you have a bone to pick with somebody, but you’re looking in the wrong place.

  16. pedagoguish says: Oct 13, 2012 10:46 AM

    Do they actually play football at USF? What IS USF anyway?

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