While his time with the South Florida Bulls did not translate into the same expected level of success that he had coaching the East Carolina Pirates, Skip Holtz has quickly landed on his feet. On Thursday, Holtz accepted the head coaching position with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Holtz replaces Sonny Dykes, who, after leading the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record in 2012, left to take the head coaching job with the California Golden Bears.
The 2012 college football coaching carousel continues.
The Bulls expected big things this past season, especially after their bowl appearance in 2011, but it was not meant to be in South Florida. Picked to finish second in the preseason poll behind only the Louisville Cardinals, the Bulls went 3-9 this season, including just 1-6 in conference play.
And this was not exactly the SEC or Big 12 this season either. Much more was expected from Holtz and his Bulls this season, but the disappointing year led to his dismissal.
Despite this being the worst season in the short history of USF football, it did not take long for Holtz to land back on his feet. After just going 16-21 in his three seasons with the Bulls, the Bulldogs still feel as if they are getting a very solid coach with a lot of potential. But he will have large shoes to fill in Louisiana Tech, as Dykes had led the Bulldogs to to an improved wins total in each of his three seasons leading the program.
Although, after the controversy surrounding the true reason why the Bulldogs did not reach a bowl game this postseason, Holtz will also have to figure out how to get the reputation of the program back on track as he looks to solidify bringing in a strong enough recruiting class to compete in 2013.