Bulls leave Vero Beach; Holtz wants to return
I'm back here in Tampa, but USF has wrapped up its final day of preseason camp in Vero Beach, and as the Bulls head back to campus for the final two weeks of preparation for the 2010 season, coach Skip Holtz said he hopes USF can make it back to Vero Beach.
"It's been a phenomenal experience -- everything has just been great," he said to reporters on an interview that can be seen at GoUSFbulls.com. "We're definitely looking at this to turn and see what we can do to make this a longterm agreement."
USF had estimated the cost of staying at the Vero Beach Sports Village at $185,000, including all use of the facilities, plus all food and lodging, saying that it cost about $100,000 just to feed the team in the same timeframe on campus. Asked if he would recommend Vero Beach to another college, Holtz said he would, but not at the expense of his own team being there.
"As long as it doesn't conflict with our time that we want to be here," Holtz said.
Holtz also discussed another potential position change as he continues to look for help at receiver -- cornerback Daniel Bryant, who was a receiver with the Bulls in 2008 but had moved to cornerback this spring, was moved to receiver on Wednesday night "to take a look" at how he could work there. "We're going to find every answer we can," Holtz said.
USF has already moved several players to receiver to address attrition at the position -- quarterback Evan Landi, running backs Lindsey Lamar and Joel Miller, tight end Isaac Virgin and quarterback/safety Victor Marc. Bryant has a close connection to USF quarterback B.J. Daniels, as they were teammates together in middle school in Tallahassee.