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Holtz out as USF’s coach

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As expected, the number of coaches hitting the unemployment line has grown by one Sunday.

The latest to add “ex” to his title is Skip Holtz, with South Florida announcing this afternoon that the son of Lou has been dismissed.  Speculation had been growing in recent weeks that Holtz’s future with the Bulls was tenuous at best, with the din reaching a crescendo after USF had put the finishing touches on the worst year in the program’s history Saturday.

Athletic director Doug Woolard labeled the decision “very difficult” is a statement released by the school.

“During his three seasons as our head coach, Skip has served the university and the football program admirably,” Woolard said. “Our team has excelled in the classroom, setting a new USF standard for team GPA.  Our APR scores are up as well.  Skip’s hard work in stressing the academic side of student life has been critical in that progress.  He has worked tirelessly, helping to mold our football players into outstanding young men.  His community work, his representation of USF, and his work ethic have all been exemplary.  It is not easy to part ways with such a good man. I am thankful for his friendship, and for what he has done for USF Athletics.”

Holtz parlayed 18 wins in his last two seasons at East Carolina into the job at South Florida.  Unfortunately for the coach, his best year was his first, winning eight games in 2010.  It was all downhill from there for the Bulls, with, after five wins last season, Holtz’s tenure bottomed out in a three win season this year.

The Bulls have won just two Big East games total the past two seasons, and just three of their past 19 games against FBS-level teams.

“I want to thank my assistant coaches, staff, the players and their families for their dedication and loyalty,” Holtz said in his statement. “I’m extremely proud of how they fought through adversity during this time. Throughout my time here, the young men on this team never gave up, and that reflects on their character as individuals and as a team. I believe we made some positive strides, most notably in our academics, that were helping to build a foundation for this program and I would have liked the opportunity to see it through.

“But, I understand the administration’s decision and wish them nothing but success in the future. I’m grateful to the University of South Florida, President Genshaft and Doug Woolard for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this fine institution.”

In a fit of irony, Holtz left ECU for USF in part to climb to a school that was a member of a BCS conference.  Less than a week ago, ECU announced it was leaving Conference USA for… the Big East, the Bulls’ current conference home.

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19 Responses to “Holtz out as USF’s coach”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Dec 2, 2012 4:59 PM

    USF screwed up badly by firing Levitt. Seems like every program that “fires” a coach for being rough on their players ends up a lot worse off-Kansas, Texas Tech, USF.

  2. onlyoneleft says: Dec 2, 2012 5:03 PM

    Now if ESPN would just get rid of his old mann.

  3. stroh5584 says: Dec 2, 2012 5:11 PM

    I thought he was screwing up when he left ECU. The grass is not always greener somewhere else. They loved him on Greenville.

  4. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 2, 2012 5:32 PM

    Wow, has it really been three years since they got skip? time flew

  5. whoisedgy says: Dec 2, 2012 5:52 PM

    U-Eth-F jutht made a terrible mith-take.


  6. rollteal says: Dec 2, 2012 5:53 PM

    I wonder where they go next ?

  7. orthomarine says: Dec 2, 2012 6:11 PM

    Ppl forget this is Skips second straight failure at the BCS level… His pops “demoted” him at South Carolina but any other HC would have fired him

  8. vanmorrissey says: Dec 2, 2012 6:14 PM

    Great, Tennessee’s new hire is now available.

  9. normtide says: Dec 2, 2012 6:20 PM

    Onlyoneleft- funny, when I first saw “Holtz out”, I was hoping it was Lou. Liked his ” only league winners in playoff” being thrown back to him, ND isn’t in a league. According to him, they only have to be better then army, Navy, and BYU to be in it every year. Not that ND doesn’t deserve it this year, but you can’t make them automatic. Plus, all that spitting. Sounds like he its talking under water.

  10. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 2, 2012 6:43 PM

    whoisedgy says:Dec 2, 2012 5:52 PMU-Eth-F jutht made a terrible mith-take.–Lou

    I want to both thumbs up and thumbs down thith

  11. onlyoneleft says: Dec 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    Lou sounds like a cross between a jay bird and a machine gun. He is way past his time.

  12. wabbitslayer says: Dec 2, 2012 7:55 PM

    Maybe all the weekly over-the-top Notre Dame butt kissing his dad has done this season on TV will land him a job there as towel boy or something.

  13. whoisedgy says: Dec 2, 2012 8:21 PM


    Thankth for notithing my potht.


  14. buckeye94 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:49 PM

    @whoisedgy ohhh man I laughed so hard I cried that made my day

  15. js20011041 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:55 PM

    @jimbo, I actually think you can add a couple of names to that list. Glen Mason at Minnesota and Mark Mangino at Kansas. Both programs have absoultely bottomed out since their firings. I think one school in danger of this is Cal. As mediocre as Cal has been for the most part under Tedford, they were absolutely dreadful before he got there.

    But as far as Holtz goes, as a Bulls graduate, at first I was like “fuck yeah.” Then I thought about it for a second and I realized that the same idiot that gave Holtz a contract extension after going 5-7 last year, who just so happens to be the guy who hired Holtz in the first place, is going to be the guy hiring the replacement. As far as I’m concerned, that’s three strikes against the AD, Woolard. Firing Leavitt, whether it was primarily his call or not, hiring Holtz, and then giving him an extension after finishing below .500.

  16. 11thstreetmafia says: Dec 2, 2012 9:42 PM

    Who do USF fans think they are? Calling for this guy’s firing is ridiculous. The Bulls don’t have a winning tradition and they are in a laughable conference. USF is going to be worse now without Holtz.

  17. source7769 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:25 PM

    wtf wants that job anyway?

  18. jimbo75025 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:43 PM

    Yeah, I was keeping my listing to schools that had fired coaches based on supposed “mistreatment” of players. As far as I know, Tedford was just outright canned for having a poor record the last few years.

    With Leavitt, Mangino, Mike Leach, etc seems the programs went from top 25 back to being bottom dwellars pretty quickly. Perhaps the teams those coaches had as consistent top 25 were good because they knew they were going to be held accountable by their coach.

  19. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 2, 2012 10:50 PM

    Ya’ll can dump on Skip all you want to, he deserves it, but leave Lou alone….the guy is hilarious.

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