Skip Holtz introduced: News and nuggets ...
Back from an enthusiastic outdoor news conference to unveil Skip Holtz as USF's new football coach -- most obvious thing is that Holtz talked with reporters for more than an hour after the announcement, showing a charisma and ease with the media that should suit him well in this market. Holtz was as advertised in that regard -- comfortable, honest, good with a one-liner here and there as well.
Not a whole lot of news to come out of Friday's introduction -- Holtz said he will retain some of the assistants on Jim Leavitt's staff. "Obviously they're doing a lot of things right," he said. "I'm not looking to come in and reinvent the wheel. I'm looking to build on the success that this program has already enjoyed. I don't think you can do that unless you know how they got here and what they're doing. That's going to mean retaining some of the present coaches. I just don't know which ones it's going to be at this point."
-- On moving into a much larger media market: "The size of the media market is going to bring much more exposure to what you do. We're about to move into a much bigger glass house. Everything you do positively is going to be magnified, and everything we do negatively will be magnified on a much larger scale. That's the arena you want to be in. That's why I'm here."
-- On the issue of honoring scholarships extended to recruits by Leavitt and his staff, Holtz will honor all scholarships that were extended and accepted by recruits -- the commitments are safe. Other recruits who have standing offers but have not made decisions will be re-evaluated.