Thursday, December 11, 2008

Holtz out of Syracuse contention

An East Carolina official confirmed that ECU coach Skip Holtz has taken his name out of the running for the vacant Syracuse job. Holtz and Buffalo coach Turner Gill were thought to be two of the leading candidates for the position.

The official did not have any information about whether or not Holtz met with or had heard from Auburn officials.

More information as it unfolds...

EDIT: The same ECU official just confirmed Auburn has not contacted ECU to speak with Holtz.
The university also released a statement today about Holtz withdrawing his name from Syracuse contention.
Here's the release:

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina Head Football Coach Skip Holtz announced Thursday that he has withdrawn his name from consideration and declined further discussions regarding the head football coaching position at Syracuse University.

Holtz, who led the Pirates to a 27-24 victory over Tulsa to earn the program's first Conference USA Championship Saturday, provided closure to the situation prior to a scheduled AutoZone Liberty Bowl press conference in Memphis Thursday afternoon.

"While it is always flattering for others to have an interest in your abilities, I simply am too focused on our preparations for the bowl game and many other of our short and long-term goals to fairly evaluate what I feel is a promising situation at Syracuse." Holtz said. "I appreciate Syracuse's interest but that certainly is a direct reflection on what our players, coaches and the
Pirate Nation have been able to accomplish, especially through a season that featured so much adversity."

Holtz has directed East Carolina to a 9-4 record in 2008, the program's highest single-season win total since 1999. The Pirates will meet Southeastern Conference-member Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Jan. 2 vying for their 10th victory, which would be a first for ECU in a season since the 1991 campaign.


Holtz will speak in a few minutes for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl press conference.

It he says anything interesting, you will read it here shortly.

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