The University of South Florida announced today that Skip Holtz is no longer the coach of the Bulls. His dismissal comes after a 27-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Senior Night to cap off a 3-9 season.
Hired on January 14, 2010 Holtz took over for Jim Leavitt who compiled a 95-57 record and five bowl game appearances (three wins) from 1997-2009.
The hiring of Holtz brought excitement to USF and his first season inspired fans even more. The Bulls went 8-5 and made its sixth consecutive bowl game, which it beat Clemson 31-26. The success on the field was however short lived.
In 2011 South Florida finished 5-7; its worst record, and first losing season, since a 4-7 finish in 2004. Things did not improve for Holtz and USF this year as the Bulls finished a school-worst 3-9, and with just one conference win for the second-consecutive season.
To pile onto the deficiency of the program under Holtz, the Bulls recruiting has left much to be desired.
Although he had very little time to put together the 2010 class, it did little to elevate the program. The class was ranked No. 92 according to the 247Composite. The 2011 class was ranked No. 64 and the 2012 class was ranked No. 47 according to the 247Composite. The current 2013 class is currently ranked No. 41 and features one four-star recruit, just the third four-star recruit during Holtz’ tenure.
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