The University of South Florida Football program released the following written statement Sunday afternoon from Skip Holtz in response to his firing as the head coach.
Holtz is only the second coach to run USF's fledgling football program. The other, Jim Leavitt, was fired in January 2010 for allegedly hitting a player and then lying about the incident.
STATEMENT FROM SKIP HOLTZ
I want to thank my assistant coaches, staff, the players and their families for their dedication and loyalty. I’m extremely proud of how they fought through adversity during this time. Throughout my time here, the young men on this team never gave up, and that reflects on their character as individuals and as a team. I believe we made some positive strides, most notably in our academics, that were helping to build a foundation for this program and I would have liked the opportunity to see it through. But, I understand the administration’s decision and wish them nothing but success in the future. I’m grateful to the University of South Florida, President Genshaft and Doug Woolard for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this fine institution.