Holtz: DC hire by Tuesday, Boyd transferring (again)
USF coach Skip Holtz spent a half-hour on a conference call with reporters Thursday, so there's a handful of notes to share on a number of fronts ...
-- Holtz is hopeful of hiring a defensive coordinator by Monday or Tuesday, saying it's important to have the staff in place for the close of recruiting before national signing day Feb. 1. "It's important that we get this closed up early," Holtz said, saying that he had reached out to "a couple" of candidates but not elaborating.
-- Holtz said that rising sophomore defensive back Spencer Boyd will not be back with the Bulls this fall. Boyd, who transferred from Notre Dame to USF after one semester, was suspended from the final three games of the 2011 season due to "in-house things." He forced a fumble on a kickoff return that was returned for a touchdown against Ball State, but otherwise played sparingly this season. Since Boyd has already transferred, he would have to sit out another season to attend a I-A program or could play his remaining three seasons immediately at the I-AA level.
With Boyd gone, Holtz has five additional scholarships now available since the end of the season, with defensive tackle Marquis White, guard Tony Kibler, linebacker Armando Sanchez and running back Darrell Scott all gone due to various reasons ranging from the NFL draft to early graduation.
-- Holtz said that the NFL's advisory board for underclassmen told junior running back Darrell Scott that he would likely be selected between the fourth and sixth round of the draft. Scott opted to skip his senior year and enter the draft, and Holtz said he supports the decision. "I would have loved to have him back ... but I can respect the decision that he made," Holtz said.
-- Lots more coming on Holtz's nine new football players who joined the program on scholarship with the start of spring classes this week. ...