Skip Holtz

Fired by USF, Holtz officially lands LaTech job


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.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.