What they're saying
"The only thing we can do is get behind him, back him up and cheer for him when he goes and pursues this coaching job. It's a tough loss, but we've got to come together and get stronger."
Darryl Reynolds, East Carolina cornerback
"I have mad respect for him, and South Florida is going to get a good coach."
Norman Whitley, East Carolina running back
"Obviously, he had to do what was best for him and his family."
Willie Smith, East Carolina tight end
"We all knew he had other opportunities. I'm happy for him but sad that he's leaving ECU."
C.J. Wilson, East Carolina defensive end
"We did everything we could to hold him back. We've had a good relationship, and we've been prepared for that day (he would leave) as much as you can be prepared for that day."
Terry Holland, East Carolina athletic director
"We're certainly in a better position than when Skip got here. He turned around the program and got it back to where our fans expect."
Mark Wharton, executive director of the Pirate Club, an East Carolina booster organization
"Ambition made Skip Holtz a successful football coach at East Carolina University. Over five seasons, he resuscitated a program that won three games over two seasons, instilling confidence and attitude while developing championship-caliber teams. It is ambition, as well as the best interests of his family, that led to his departure this week, as the chance to lead a team competing in a Bowl Championship Series program proved too alluring to decline. East Carolina University should wish him well and have confidence in knowing chancellor Steve Ballard and athletic director Terry Holland will move swiftly to find a new coach to lead the Pirates to further heights."
Greenville (N.C.) Daily Reflector editorial
"What I find interesting is that, although the Jim Leavitt era ended in ugly fashion, South Florida fans seem extremely happy with the result. I sense a real excitement about Holtz, whether it be because of his last name or his record at East Carolina, that wasn't necessarily there with Leavitt. South Florida backers believe he's the guy to get them to the next level, a place Leavitt couldn't reach. We'll find out soon enough if all that enthusiasm is warranted."
Brian Bennett, ESPN.com