Friday, December 15, 2017
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Skip Holtz on Arkansas speculation: 'My home is in Tampa'

USF coach Skip Holtz addressed his name being mentioned as a possible hire at Arkansas, saying he appreciates the speculation but is focused on improving the Bulls this fall.

Holtz said he got home late Tuesday night from a booster gathering in Sarasota and was greeted by his wife Jennifer, who wondered, despite him living in Fayetteville for seven years while his father Lou was head coach at Arkansas, exactly why the Razorbacks would be interested in him after a disappointing 2011 season.

"My wife, who has a way of keeping me humble, said 'Why would anybody want to hire you? You were 5-7," he said. "It puts it all in perspective. I have not talked to anybody from Arkansas. We've been through this drill. It's flattering your name is floating around, but right now we have a job to do here. We're in the middle of spring ball and I don't want any distractions with his team as we're building this thing."

Holtz said he has fond memories of his time in Fayetteville, but when asked if he would listen if Arkansas came calling about their sudden opening, he reiterated that his focus is on his current job, not his next one.

"I am not looking to leave here. I am not calling anybody. I am not trying to put my name out there. I want to be the head football coach here," he said. "I enjoy it here. I like it here. I addressed this in the offseason when some other opportunities were open. I said then I think we have a lot of things we want to get done here. We've got a great senior class coming back, and the attitude and morale of this football team is my No. 1 priority."

Holtz has been mentioned prominently as a potential candidate at Arkansas, and he said he understands why, given his ties to the school, but he said that won't likely be a factor in the actual hiring.

"That doesn't have anything to do with who they're going to hire," Holtz said. "I keep going back to what my wife told me. Just put your head in the sand, put your nose to the grindstone and get done what you have to get done here. ...I'm sure there's going to be a long line of people that are going to be looking to be the next football coach there. I'm sure they've got a lot of great candidates in mind. It's a good place, and I have some great memories there. My home is in Tampa. My wife is here. My kids are here. This is where I want to be."

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