Skip Holtz Accepts Louisiana Tech Head Coaching Position

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 13, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Skip Holtz of the South Florida Bulls looks on during second quarter action against the Miami Hurricanes on November 17, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Hurricanes defeated the Bulls 40-9. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Skip Holtz has accepted the head coaching position at Louisiana Tech, according to sources close to Brett McMurphy and ESPN.

UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:25 p.m. ET

Holtz was introduced as Louisiana Tech's new head coach on Friday in a press conference, per a release by the Bulldogs.

School president Dr. Dan Reneau said, via the statement:

I am extremely excited about the opportunity to have a coach of the caliber and experience of Skip Holtz leading our football program into the future. The success he has had throughout his career as a head coach is solid and will offer a unique opportunity for our student-athletes to learn from one of the best."

It's a privilege to welcome Coach Holtz and his family to Louisiana Tech and to the Louisiana Tech Family.

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After Sonny Dykes recently left Louisiana Tech for Cal, Skip Holtz was a logical selection for the Bulldogs, given he had just been fired from South Florida and was available.

Louisiana Tech enjoyed a fairly successful season in the WAC behind Dykes, but back-to-back losses to Utah State and San Jose State left a sour taste in Ruston, La.

South Florida had a rough season under Holtz, going 3-9 and failing to secure a bowl berth, but Holtz had a successful few seasons with East Carolina before joining the Bulls in 2010.

Holtz, the son of the legendary Lou Holtz, certainly has the pedigree, but the last two seasons at USF have not been pretty, as the Bulls have compiled a combined 8-16 record.

Louisiana Tech averaged the most points per game in the nation this season (51.5), but the defense left a lot to be desired, allowing 38.5 points per contest (117th in the FBS). The Bulldogs ceded a combined 100 points in the losses to Utah State and San Jose State.

Surely, defense is something Louisiana Tech hopes Holtz brings to the program. That would be the most logical explanation for his hire, despite his recent struggles at South Florida.

This will be the fourth head coaching gig of Skip Holtz's career.