According to ESPN, and many other local sources, Skip Holtz has turned down the head coaching job at Cincinnati. Joe Schad (ESPN) and Tom Dienhart (Yahoo Sports) are among two of the reputable sources reporting that Cincinnati has already replaced former coach Brian Kelly. Butch Jones, the former head coach at Central Michigan, will be announced as the new Cincinnati head coach later today.
From what I am hearing, Skip was asking for around $2.5M and Cincinnati was only willing to pay $1.8M. Just like years past, teams have come for our coach. And just as in the past, Skip has stayed with the Pirates. I believe Skip has a great situation in Greenville. He gets paid well, has a great family and friends, and for crying out loud, he’s a rock star in and around Greenville.
I now hope he can move forward to the job at hand. Beating Arkansas is going to be a task unlike any we have faced all year. Our team and coaching stuff must be focused. Arkansas will bring over 40,000 fans to the Liberty Bowl on January 2nd. Although that may be the case, the Pirates will reign Purple on Beale St. and on the Liberty Bowl. We have a chance for a ten win season. Now is our time to step up to the challenge and show the nation what the Pirates are all about.