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Skip Holtz fired: USF reacts to the firing of their head coach

It's not yet known where USF will turn for its next head coach, but fans would like to see someone with more personality and an aggressive mindset get the job.


USF fired head coach Skip Holtz on Sunday after the Bulls finished the season 3-9. USF endured a six-game losing streak in the middle of the year and concluded its schedule with three straight losses. SB Nation's USF blog, Voodoo Five, says Holtz's USF teams were hindered by a lack of aggressiveness, and that Holtz himself didn't have enough personality to create excitement.

Skip Holtz's program was marked by a lack of aggressiveness, and a total lack of personality. Remember the time against Cincinnati last season, when he let the clock run down and settled for a field goal at the end of the first half near the goal line, instead of trying to score a touchdown? His explanation after the game was, "I was not willing to roll the dice." That was hardly what you would consider rolling the dice, and yet Holtz still wouldn't do it. Safe was death.

Voodoo Five urges USF's leaders to hire a new coach based on the mantra that "safe is death." They suggest that someone like Louisiana Tech's Sonny Dykes could be just the person to reinstill some energy in the program, and that Dykes' air raid offense would help the Bulls sell their program on the recruiting trail.

Holtz came to South Florida after successful head coaching stints at UConn and East Carolina, but he wasn't able to build a winning program in Tampa. After going 8-5 in his first year, his next two were losing campaigns.

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