South Fla. fires Holtz as coach

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Skip Holtz had just one win­ning sea­son in three at USF.

TAMPA, FLA. — Skip Holtz was fired as South Florida’s foot­ball coach af­ter two straight los­ing sea­sons in which the pro­gram re­gressed.

Ath­letic di­rec­tor Doug Woolard made the an­nounce­ment Sun­day af­ter meet­ing with Holtz in­di­vid­u­ally and then ac­com­pa­ny­ing the former coach to a gath­er­ing with play­ers. A search for a re­place­ment will be­gin im­me­di­ately, with no de­fin­i­tive timetable for nam­ing the suc­ces­sor.“It was a mat­ter of just not hav­ing the pro­duc­tion that we needed to have over the last cou­ple of years on the field,” Woolard said.

The son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz went 16-21 at the Big East school, con­clud­ing a three-year run with the worst sea­son in school his­tory. The Bulls lost nine of 10 to fin­ish 3-9, 16 in the con­fer­ence, fol­low­ing a 2-0 start.

The fir­ing came a year af­ter Holtz, 48, was given a con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2017 de­spite go­ing 5-7 in his sec­ond sea­son. He will re­ceive a $2.5 mil­lion buy­out paid over five years.

USF has lost 14 of its past 16 against Big East op­po­nents and were 516 over­all in league play un­der Holtz.

Holtz is 88-71 over­all in 13 sea­sons at Con­necti­cut, East Carolina and USF.

Van­der­bilt gives ex­ten­sion to Franklin: The Com­modores (8-4) re­warded coach James Franklin with an­other new con­tract for lead­ing Vandy to its best record in 30 years and to con­sec­u­tive bowls for the first time in school his­tory. Franklin also helped post three sell­outs on cam­pus for the first time since 1996.

Van­der­bilt does not dis­cuss con­tract de­tails, but ath­letic di­rec­tor David Wil­liams called it a “longterm” con­tract that will keep Franklin here “a num­ber of years.”

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