Holtz: What I've learned from my mother
Leading up to Mother's Day, we asked several prominent Tampa celebrities for thoughts on the most important lesson they've learned from their mother, and USF coach Skip Holtz was more than happy to talk about his mother, Beth, who lives in Orlando and has been to every USF home football game in Skip's two seasons with the Bulls.
"When I think of my mother, the three things I think about are patience, love and kindness. As a role model or an example, those are the biggest lessons I've learned from her. When I would mess up when I was a little kid, she wouldn't get mad, she would break down and cry and express disappointment that her son would do such a thing, which to me was 10 times worse than getting mad at me. I'd rather she get mad at me."
"She's not one to do the articles and the stories. She was behind the scenes. Dad's job was to do the publicity, and her job was to shield the family from all that. She's always been the quiet one, but you see her strength when she has to battle cancer. She's far and away the toughest person in our family, there's no doubt about that. With what she's been through, with complications from all the therapies to treat her cancer, she doesn't have saliva glands or taste buds, but I've never once in my whole life heard her complain. She can't eat a sandwich because she doesn't have the saliva to moisten the bread, but I've never heard her say a word. She's a very strong, quiet, religious woman."
(Photo courtesy of Notre Dame, showing Beth Holtz as she was recognized on the field in South Bend during last year's USF-Notre Dame football game.)