The South Florida Bulls made what is being called a “difficult decision” by athletic director Doug Woolard to fire head football coach Skip Holtz. Following the worst season in school history, the university decided that it is time to move on.
“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 released a statement of his own to thank the university for the opportunity and to express how proud he was of his coaching staff and players.
“I want to thank my assistant coaches, staff, the players and their families for their dedication and loyalty,” Holtz said. “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.”
With the way the season concluded, it came as no surprise that the school saw it fit to move on. It will be interesting to see when and where Holtz’s name resurfaces in the college football coaching carousel.