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Fired by USF, Holtz officially lands LaTech job

Skip Holtz AP

Well, that certainly didn’t take long.

Dec. 2, Skip Holtz was fired after three years as USF’s head coach.  Less than two weeks later, Holtz has been plucked off the unemployment line.

Following up on speculation that began to surface Thursday morning, Louisiana Tech confirmed in a release Friday afternoon that Holtz has been named as the program’s new head football coach.  Holtz will replace Sonny Dykes, who left the Bulldogs to take the Cal job.

A 5 p.m. ET press conference has been scheduled to officially introduce Holtz.

Holtz becomes the first head coach fired during this latest spinning of the coaching carousel to land in the same position at another school.

Holtz went 16-21 in his three years with the Bulls, with a three-win season leading the athletic department to pull the trigger on his dismissal.  However, and including stops at UConn (1994-98) and East Carolina (2005-09), Holtz has a combined record of 88-71 as a head coach at the FBS level.

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9 Responses to “Fired by USF, Holtz officially lands LaTech job”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 14, 2012 3:05 PM

    Welcome everyone to the “Musical Chairs of College Football Coaches!” Pick a team the coach is fired from, then pick the team that hires the coach! I know it is somewhat of an exclusive fraternity, but this does become ridiculous after awhile.

  2. thegamecocker says: Dec 14, 2012 4:11 PM

    Skip did a great job at UCONN and East Carolina. Didn’t have success at South Florida but he deserves to continue to be a highly-paid HC. At least he has never been involved in any scandals or issues off the field. USF was just not a good fit for him and perhaps La Tech will be. Good Luck to Coach Skip Holtz.

  3. cubano76 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:15 PM

    @ thegamecocker

    Very solid points!

  4. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Dec 14, 2012 6:51 PM

    Agreed with thegamecocker. He was terrible at USF, but you can’t ignore his entire resume. USF was likely a little too big for him at this point in his career, and I expect that he’ll probably be solid at La Tech.

  5. rrussellndfan says: Dec 14, 2012 7:53 PM

    Aaron lynch must hate life.

  6. ajarkoski says: Dec 14, 2012 9:00 PM


    No need to bag on Aaron and I think both he and ND might wish he was still there, but Lynch has a heck of a career ahead of him and the young man is entitled to make his personal decisions along with a few mistakes made along the way.
    Good luck to Coach Holtz and Mr. Lynch.

  7. cubano76 says: Dec 15, 2012 1:00 AM

    Skip has to get rid of Todd Fitch as his OC. Just hasn’t worked out for him. Skip can call his own plays.

  8. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 15, 2012 7:38 AM

    Tech needs to have their heads examined. And Dykes got waayyyy to much credit. This team had 31 seniors, all Dooley recruits. Different story next season. And if you cant win at So. Florida, you cant win anywhere.

  9. wethog66 says: Dec 15, 2012 12:17 PM

    Seems right to me, LaTech is the right caliber D1 school for someone like Skip Holtz.

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