When you receive a vote of confidence as a college football head coach, it is generally never a good thing. One day, you are receiving praise while you know that your team is not performing up to the level they are capable of, and shortly afterward – more often than not – you are given your walking papers. Skip Holtz is hoping that he will not suffer the same fate as head coach with the University of South Florida Bulls.
Holtz was given the vote of confidence by Bulls’ athletic director Doug Woolard. While he was also the same person responsible for extending the contract of the USF head coach a few months back, he cannot be satisfied with a 2-4 record to start the 2012 college football season. That is why he felt it was necessary to come out and discuss his football team.
“I know Skip, his staff and the players are working diligently to get that next win and to find sustained success. Certainly, the results, in terms of wins and losses to date, are disappointing to everyone involved with our program — the coaches, players, athletic administration and our passionate fans. Our expectations for this program are very high. I also know this team has a lot of football left to play and great opportunities in front of it. We’re only six games into a 12 game regular season. We are going to provide all the support possible for our football program, including employment contracts that reflect our commitment to success. Many factors come into play when considering contract terms, including conditions in the national coaching marketplace. In Skip’s case, multiple BCS schools sought his coaching services at the end of both the ’10 and ’11 seasons. As a result, we felt it was important to maintain the stability of leadership in our football program and extended Skip’s contract. As has been our practice in the past, we will evaluate the status of each or our 19 programs at the conclusion of their respective seasons. We’ll identify where we are as a football program at that time and continue to build from there.”
After two fairly unimpressive victories to start the season over the Chattanooga Mocs and Nevada Wolfpack, the Bulls have lost four straight games to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Ball State Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles and Temple Owls. South Florida is two games back in the Big East conference this season, but with only eight teams still playing in the Big East, no team can really be dismissed entirely at this point.
Not even if they are playing as poorly in conference play as the Bulls.
With a game on tap after their bye week this week against the Louisville Cardinals on October 20, things do not appear as if they will be getting any easier heading forward. That may be bad news for Holtz.
It is unlikely that the Bulls would fire Holtz during the season. In fact, many people believe that South Florida will give him one more season in 2013 to turn things back around that made them a bowl contender for the past couple of seasons prior to this year’s disappointing campaign.
But if he continues to produce results that are not seen as good enough, that dreaded vote of confidence will result in another head coach casualty.