ECU's Holtz is new USF football coach
East Carolina coach Skip Holtz will be announced as USF’s new head football coach on Friday after accepting the Bulls’ offer on Thursday morning.
ECU spokesman Tom McClellan says Holtz informed the team of his decision in a meeting Thursday afternoon.
Holtz called a 1 p.m. meeting of his ECU staff and addressed his team at 3 before heading to Tampa. Pirates players gave their own confirmation, posting comments to Twitter.com about the meeting.
“Holtz gone,” wrote running back Norman Whitley.
Holtz’s hiring ends a busy week for USF athletic director Doug Woolard following Friday’s firing of coach Jim Leavitt after 14 years as head coach.
Holtz, 45, who has led ECU to back to back Conference USA championships, has been the primary focus of USF's search since he indicated an interest in the job on Sunday. He will be in place in time for both of USF's big recruiting weekends, with 10 recruits on campus this weekend for official visits.
It's unknown how many of Leavitt's assistants might be retained by Holtz, who lost his defensive coordinator, Greg Hudson, who became linebackers coach at Florida State.
In publicly expressing his interest in the job this week, Holtz cited the move to a BCS conference and a desire to move his family closer to both his parents in Orlando and his wife Jennifer's in Port Charlotte.
"My parents live here in Orlando, my wife is from Port Charlotte,” he said Tuesday. "It's a Big East job, and I think it's a great situation ... There’s a lot of positives to it. I think it’s definitely an up-and-coming program. Yeah, there’d be interest, but I don’t know what’s going to happen with it at this point.”
Holtz, the son of former Notre Dame coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz, has a 38-27 record in five seasons at East Carolina, and also was head coach at Connecticut from 1994-98.