TAMPA — USF athletic director Doug Woolard issued a statement Tuesday amid criticism of football coach Skip Holtz as the Bulls have lost 10 of their past 11 Big East games.
"I know Skip, his staff and the players are working diligently to get that next win, and to find sustained success," his statement read. "Certainly, the results, in terms of wins and losses to date, are disappointing to everyone involved with our program — the coaches, the players, athletic administration and our passionate fans. Our expectations for this program are very high. I also know this team has a lot of football left to play and great opportunities in front of it. We're only six games into a 12-game regular season."
Woolard addressed his decision to give Holtz an extension in June through the 2017 season. In 2011 the Bulls lost seven of their last eight games and were 1-6 in Big East play.
"We are going to provide all the support possible for our football program, including employment contracts that reflect our commitment to success," he said. "Many factors come into play when considering contract terms, including conditions in the national coaching marketplace. In Skip's case, multiple BCS schools sought his coaching services at the end of both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. As a result, we felt it was important to maintain the stability and continuity of leadership in our football program and extended Skip's contract.
"…We will evaluate the status of each of our 19 programs at the conclusion of their respective seasons. We'll identify where we are as a football program at that time and continue to build from there."
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