Notebook: Woolard defends Holtz
USF Athletics Director Doug Woolard released a statement defending the extension given to football coach Skip Holtz after a 5-7 season in 2011.
Certainly, the results, in terms of wins and losses to date, are disappointing to everyone involved with out program, he said in the statement. Our expectations for this program are very high.
Woolard continued in the statement with a defense of the recent five-year contract extension for Holtz, despite the team missing a bowl game for the first time in seven seasons.
We felt it was important to maintain the stability and continuity of leadership in our football program and extended Skips contract, he said. As has been our practice in the past, we will evaluate the status of each of our 19 programs at the conclusion of their respective seasons. Well identify where we are as a football program at that time and continue to build from there.
USFs recent performance has raised a large amount of anti-Holtz sentiment in the USF fan base. A Facebook page titled Official Fire Skip Holtz has accrued 681 likes, among other movements. Holtzs
contract is extended through 2017, and a buyout of the contract could cost the university up to $2.5 million.
Womens soccer players honored for weekend
A 2-0 weekend for the USF womens soccer team with wins over Connecticut and Providence earned two members of the team recognition.
Freshman Christiane Endler was named the Big East goalkeeper of the week after back-to-back shutouts in a pair of 1-0 wins.
Senior Taylor Patterson was named the Big East defensive player of the week, as she played all 180 minutes in the two wins.
Former USF football player Jon Lejiste dies at 32
Former Bulls football player Jon Lejiste has reportedly died, causing many in the USF community to express their condolences and share heartfelt memories. His body was identified on Tuesday night after it was found floating in the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach last week, according to The Palm Beach Post Lejiste was found near […]
South Florida to host season opener Road 2 Tampa Bay Volleyball Invitational
Earlier this year, Tampa was selected as the host city of the 2023 NCAA Volleyball national championship in December, but it was also picked present the season opener. South Florida volleyball will host three other schools at the Road 2 Tampa Bay Volleyball Invitational on Aug. 25-26 to kick off their 2023 season. Along with […]
Football releases kickoff times for several key games
Following February’s schedule release, South Florida football has announced kickoff times for several games, including a nationally broadcasted matchup against SEC powerhouse Alabama. To open the season, the Bulls will face off against Western Kentucky on Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on CBS Sports Network. The following week, USF will play Florida A&M on […]
Associate head coach reportedly leaving USF baseball one day after pitching coach
Following pitching coach Karsten Whitson’s departure on Tuesday, USF baseball witnessed an even greater shakeup in their staff room. Associate head coach Bo Durkac reportedly left South Florida on Wednesday, according to D1 Baseball’s Kendall Rogers. https://twitter.com/kendallrogers/status/1663924529377230848?s=46&t=i_MEDYBGBzaRXxJXZv4QyA Durkac was a volunteer assistant with Miami in 2018, joining USF as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator […]
USF pitching coach announces departure from program
After losing in the American Baseball Championship semifinals against No. 15 ECU, pitching coach Karsten Whitson parted ways with USF baseball on Tuesday. Following a challenging regular season, the Bulls (21-39, 7-17 AAC) made an unexpected run as the eighth seed in the tourney before dropping two games, 3-1 and 14-7, to the top-seeded Pirates […]
Women’s soccer announces 2023 schedule
South Florida women’s soccer released their schedule for the upcoming 2023 season on Tuesday. The Bulls are looking to get back on track following a 5-0 shutout loss to SMU in the opening round of last year’s conference tournament. https://twitter.com/USFWSOC/status/1663632525477163009?s=20 USF will play each of the six conference newcomers, along with seven non-conference matchups. The […]