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FSU has special meaning for Holtz family



You probably knew that USF coach Skip Holtz spent two years as a grad assistant on Bobby Bowden's staff at FSU, and you might know that his wife Jennifer is an FSU grad, having spent much of her time in Tallahassee as a Garnet and Gold girl, hosting Seminoles recruits.


But we have more on the special bond the Holtz family has with FSU -- why there were 80-plus Seminoles at the Holtz home for a special tribute this summer, and, somewhat amazingly, how Lou and Beth Holtz, now married 51 years, spent their honeymoon at Bobby Bowden's home in Tallahassee.

And as a bonus, here's Lou Holtz explaining how Skip wound up at Florida State, from our interview with him last summer:

"When he got done playing and wanted to go into coaching, the best thing to do is become a graduate assistant if you want to coach on the college level, which is the route I took (at Iowa). We wrote eight coaches. One of them was Vince Dooley at Georgia. Vince Dooley said he had a graduate assistantship for him in September (1987), so Skip graduated in December (1986). He's going to go to the Hula Bowl with us. I'm coaching in the Hula Bowl. Then he's going to tour Europe for a couple of months, while he's young.

"Before we went to Hawaii, we got a phone call from Bobby Bowden. He said 'If you can be here the day after tomorrow, I have a graduate assistantship for you.' There went the trip to Hawaii, there went the trip to Europe. He went under Bobby Bowden, and it was a great experience for him."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:55pm]


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