Holtz focused on USF now, not Notre Dame future
The inevitable question between now and USF's Sept. 3 opener at Notre Dame for Skip Holtz is, given his success and background with the Fighting Irish, whether he could ever see himself as the head coach in South Bend.
Brian Kelly has the job Holtz's father Lou once held for 11 seasons, but during a teleconference Monday with reporters to cover Notre Dame questions, Holtz was asked how often he thinks about returning to the sidelines at his alma mater. His answer:
"I think you have to control what you can control, and I don't have any control over whether that happens," Holtz said. "Obviously, I think everybody would love to have the opportunity to coach one day at their alma mater. I say that not just with it being Notre Dame, whether it's Cincinnati or South Florida, wherever it is, when you get into coaching, everybody would like to have an opportunity to coach their alma mater."
"Outside of that, I really haven't spent a lot of time on it. I haven't sat around and dreamed about 'Oh, one day, one day.' I haven't. I've always found the best way to promote yourself is to do the best job with the one you have. I've never applied, tried to apply, sent in a resume, made phone calls to try to get a foot in the door. I believe that's the administrators' decision to sit down and they need to make a decision on who they think best fits what Notre Dame needs as a football coach at their time with the situation that they're in. So I haven't really given it a lot of thought.
"The best thing I can do right now is coach at South Florida. I enjoy it here. My family's very happy here. I think this has been a great move for us as a family. I think this is a program that has an awful lot of upside. We're just in the growing stages right now as a program, both on and off the football field. That's the biggest thing I can say grace over, just trying to get this football team ready to play a season, rather than sitting here thinking about what could be or one day where I would love to be."