Sources Tell WITN Skip Holtz Turns Down Syracuse

Sources close to ECU head football coach Skip Holtz tell WITN that Holtz has turned down an offer to become the new head coach at Syracuse.

The deal to coach the Orange is said to be worth a total of nearly $12 million.

WITN will continue to follow this story and affiliates in Memphis are scheduled to attend Thursday's Liberty Bowl press conference in which Skip Holtz will attend.


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  • by rumplestilskin awakes on Dec 23, 2008 at 01:09 AM
    Sam you don't know much must be the williamston education. First off Miss will never leave the big-12. The big 12 is a superior conf. Also it is rediculas that the state legislates who a school must play. UNC and NC State get nothing for this. ECU gets all the glory if they win and if carolina or state win they get the "you should have won" routine. Tell me where thats fair or if you were carolina or state how you can get up for those games. I suppose you should change the Pac 10s name as well. And what does kentucky basketball have to do with anything you seriously dont think they would leave the powerhouse SEC the biggest moneymaking conf in both sports (outside ACC basketball) come on.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    To that so called wolfpack>pirates, name some KEY STATE PLAYERS that were hurt besides Russell Wilson for a few games. As a pirate fan, I do actually hate UNC worse and will congratgulate State for their big win over UNC. I agree with you that ECU should keep playing State and also UNC, why, more money put into the schools and the economy of the eastern half of NC, especially, Greenville, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. About the conference change, in a few years don't be suprised if Iowa State goes into the Big 10 and joins in with Iowa, or if Missouri goes in, because they and Illinois have had a rival for quite sometime and are looking at getting into the same conference. The Big 10 (which should be the Big 11 cause they have 11 teams) is not going to take anybody out. They have talked over the last decade about trying to get 12 teams which I think they should do. Kentucky is a basketball school. It would do great for the Big 10. The Big 10 typically thrives on basketball & 1 FB rival.
  • by quinn Location: obx on Dec 14, 2008 at 10:36 AM
    Actually, it was the 92 Peach Bowl( my mistake) and it was a long time ago. But it was a hell of a great game to watch! Anyway, State leads ECU 16-10. ECU has won seven out of the last 12 football games against NC State. Either way, there is nothing like watching a good game between two rival schools. Whoever they may be. Or be it college or NFL.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Dec 12, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    Tom: You sound like a politician changing subjects deliberately two fold: 1. Avoid addressing the issue he/she is asked to respond to. 2. Inject their own agenda. Last but not least both above are accompanied by a disgusting smirk, go figure... We are clearly addressing a specific CFB subject: objection denied! Thank you
  • by Tom Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    Well I'll get ragged for changing the subject, but a real easy way to shut down the Wolfpack fans is to compare BASKETBALL coach records LOL!!! I do believe it's Coach M 1 and Coach Lowe of the mighty Wolfpack 0. LOL!! LOL!!
  • by Ron Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:57 AM
    Whoa...there Quinn, that really put a hurting on the pack fans, bringing up a game 17 years ago, C'mon man we can do better than that. geeesh
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    PACK1: I'm an USC Trojan fan. Objectively stated 17 years ago or not the Pirates beat your 'Pack-fact in that 'Fruit Bowl! You can always irritate them by flaunting your most recent victory. Recent is always more effective, period! I should have read over carefully after I was done writing before posting. I made the mistake of writing with incentives twice making my sentence unfortunately redundant and poorly written. I am glad I caught that before one of these Pirates let me know! Later!
  • by PACK1 on Dec 12, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    quinn that was 17 years ago. Nobody cares anymore.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Dec 12, 2008 at 08:52 AM
    ~ALPHA Female~: It has been posted here that Mr. Skip Holtz' salary with incentives maxes out at $1 Mil/year with incentives. You have to consider Syracuse cost of living and their program which is NOT like it used to be plus the tough recruiting difficulties NOT to mention the risk if he fails. He played it safe by staying at ECU. You would have done the same. It is called job security.
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Dec 12, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    Hey DF, first off I will have to agree on the correction of Bobby, cut the man some slack, he was absent the day they learned to conjuagate a verb. Whats your take on the Liberty Bowl. I think ECU will hand Kentucky their backside on a platter. However, I personally would have liked a better opponent. Would have been a better reward given our wins in the face of so much adversity. Also, we CAN be notorious for beating a team we shouldn't (say .....USC)(that was just for you by the way) then losing to a team we should stomp, (such as the hapless wolfpack) Just was curious as to what you thought. At 6-6 come on, I am not that familiar with Kentuckys program. You being my NCAACFB guru, I thought you could shed some light? Perhaps?
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