Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/17/14
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Skip Holtz has been fired as South Florida's football coach following the worst season in the program's 16-year history, a person familiar with the decision said Sunday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the firing would not be announced until a late afternoon news conference. The son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz went 16-21 at the Big East school, concluding a three-year run by losing nine of 10 to finish a school-worst 3-9, 1-6 in the conference, following a 2-0 start. The move comes a year after Holtz was given a contract extension through 2017 despite going 5-7 in his second season. He will receive a 2.5 million buyout paid over five years. Holtz inherited a program that Jim Leavitt built from scratch, signing a 9.1 million, five-year contract in January 2010 after Leavitt was fired for mistreating a player who had accused the former coach of grabbing him by the throat and slapping him in the face du...
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