South Florida fires underachieving football coach Skip Holtz

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – South Florida has fired its coach, Skip Holtz, for lack of on-field success.

The Bulls are currently in its worst season of its 16-year history with a 3-9 win-loss record(1-6 in the Big East).

In its last 16 Big East games under Holtz, USF was 2-14. Holtz leaves with a 16-21 record at USF, including 5-16 in Big East games.

He signed a $9.1 million, five-year contract in January 2010, and will get a $2.5 million buyout, paid out over five seasons.

The 48-year-old coach came from East Carolina, where he had guided the Pirates to a pair of Conference USA championships.

He took the challenge of transforming the Bulls, ranked as high as No. 2 in the country in 2007, into an elite program.

Holtz hoped to retain his job, reiterating that the program had made strides under his direction, including academically, that weren’t necessarily reflected in the win-loss record.

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