Holtz: "Reports Are Inaccurate"

Greenville - The C-USA championship trophy isn't even in the trophy case as the talk over Pirate head coach Skip Holtz leaving for Syracuse heats up.

While some Syracuse media outlets are saying Holtz will be named Syracuse University's next coach on Monday, Coach Holtz said the reports are "inaccurate" Holtz is in Charlotte tonight to be the keynote speaker at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet. Coincidentally, Holtz flies to New York on Monday to attend his father Lou's induction into the Collegiate Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Holtz told reporters today that he has not scheduled an interview with Syracuse but wouldn't rule out the possibility of sitting down with them at some point while he's in New York.

"I'm happy in Greenville. I've got a great job and it would take a special situation for me to leave" Holtz said.

The Pirates take on Kentucky in the Liberty Bowl on January 2nd.


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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    Deadfish, I would not go so far as to calling football a violent sport. The violent sport is hockey. That is where most of the fights come in, and Jim, Dr. Lou loves the tradition and what goes on around Greenville, how can you say that dude? Although I will have to say that the ACC is a little bit better of a conference, they are by far the worst BCS conference in football, and by the way ECU is the best college football team overall in North Carolina. Look at the polls and you will see that the pirates are # 28 in the land and none of these in state ACC schools even have a single vote by the press.
  • by Scotty on Dec 11, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    ECU would get smashed by any team playing a BCS Bowl. Tulsa had the weakest schedule stregnth in the NCAA this season and that is a fact just look it up.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Dec 10, 2008 at 11:11 PM
    Jim: What is ALL that "we" stuff? Secondly that injuries belly aching rhetoric does NOT make a FB team any better. Everybody has them. It is called FB, a violent sport, OK? BTW there isn't anything to imagine. Even if you had had an undefeated season it doesn't mean you are ready for the big boys of CFB. Your healthy undefeated team would NOT get more than 10 points against USC if you're lucky. So much for the hungry dog dreaming about a greasy bone!
  • by Jim Location: Elon, North Carolina on Dec 10, 2008 at 06:12 PM
    We have 15 INJURED PLAYERS! If so many freshmen and other new players have stepped up to the plate and enabled us to win the conference championship, can you imagine what would have happened if so many injuries had not occurred? We only started losing after serious injuries in Tulane game and then re-grouped to win remaining games. As for the coach leaving, I would not be surprised because his dad has never been fond of ECU and certainly will influence his decision. Once upon a time we had a winning coach who was not interested in leaving. He was with us over twelve years but because of a couple of losing seasons, we put him on the street. His name was Steve Logan, the winningest coach in ECU history! And, we paid a price through many losing seasons before Holtz brought us back.
  • by BK Location: Wilkes on Dec 10, 2008 at 01:50 AM
    Agree Andy, we're in a catch 22
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Dec 10, 2008 at 01:03 AM
    Conference USA better than ACC, please. And, yes you defeated WVU and VT but then...??? As far as ECU being a force to be reckoned with, take on the Florida's and USC's or like and then we'll talk.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Dec 9, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    ECU beat the ACC champs this year. I think Conference USA was the better conference. At least ECU was. Looks like the ACC surrended the booty!! And got sunk by a Pirate ship.
  • by Craig Location: G-Vegas on Dec 9, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    I may be a little optimistic about ECU going undefeated. I think that we can beat most BCS teams or at least we have at times. You make very good points about the money but I just don't take Coach Skip as a man that wants to go somewhere for the money. I may be wrong. I don't see Syracuse being a top 5 program. I don't know what will happen but I guess we will see.
  • by Andy Location: Greenville on Dec 9, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    Craig, I do not think Syracuse is the right place. I also do not believe that ECU will start to dominate Conference USA. We tend to have a good team every couple of years or so, then back to the drawing boards. Also, in order to even be considered for a BCS game we would HAVE to go undefeated, and I can't see that happening. You MUST beat other good BCS teams to boot. Have to beat your rivals as well. Look at N.C. State, lost to them the last 2 years and they have had the weakest teams they have ever had the last 2 years. Money is another issue. I understand the Syracuse can come up with 2 million a year plus incentives. Ecu pays just over $500,000. 1.5 million dollar raise could have something to do with it? There is just nothing here for a coach who's dream is to win a National Championship. Until ECU gets into BCS conference, no one will ever stay here if they are successful
  • by BW Location: Wilkes on Dec 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    If we're ever gonna run with the big boys we're gonna have to keep a good coach.
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