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Temple Terrace mayor declares ‘Skip Holtz Day’

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:11

As USF football coach Skip Holtz prepared for his weekly radio show on 98.7 FM to talk about Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh, he seemed surprised to see Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura and City Council members Grant Rimbey and David Pogorilich in attendance.

Though the football team has gone 3-8 this season — its worst record in school history — Chillura declared the day, Nov. 27, as “Skip Holtz Day” to honor Holtz’s commitment to the Temple Terrace area and or deciding to host his show in the Temple Terrace Beef ‘O’ Brady’s.

“We appreciate that Skip chose to host his show in our town,” Chillura said. “Due to our close proximity, we look forward to working more with the USF community in the future.”

Chillura made the announcement minutes before Holtz and co-hosts Jim Louk and Mark Robinson were set to broadcast, saying he wanted to partner more with USF in the future.

Holtz, who moved around to many different locations to host his show, said Beef ‘O’ Brady’s seemed like the nicest place to do it. He seemed surprised but grateful, to have the day named in his honor.

Though Holtz recognized the season hasn’t been USF’s finest, he said the team needs to continue to move forward and build.

“Everything isn’t always going to go our way,” he said during the show. “But my favorite memories of this team and its senior class would have to be the way that they handled this adversity.”

In a press release earlier on Tuesday, Chillura encouraged fans and students to watch the show in the “Bulls’ Pen” at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. About 50 people, including alumni and students, were in attendance to watch Holtz’s last show of the season, and the Bulls coach and Chillura took time to talk with residents and students.

As the show wound down, a humbled Holtz stood up, thanked the crowd and announced he would pay for everyone’s meals.

It is unclear whether “Skip Holtz Day” will occur annually.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The previous version of this story stated that USF's football record was 8-3, which is incorrect. The current record is 3-8. The story has been updated to reflect the correct stat.

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