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USF athletic director comments on status of Skip Holtz

South Florida athletic director Doug Woolard released a written statement on the status of Skip Holtz, who is 2-4 and 0-2 in conference play heading into their bye week before facing Louisville next weekend.

The Bulls have dropped the last four in a row, including losses on the road to Ball State (3-3) and Temple (2-2).

Wollard's written statement is below:

I know Skip, his staff and the players are working diligently to get that next win and to find sustained success. Certainly, the results, in terms of wins and losses to date, are disappointing to everyone involved with our program -- the coaches, players, athletic administration and our passionate fans. Our expectations for this program are very high. I also know this team has a lot of football left to play and great opportunities in front of it. We're only six games into a 12 game regular season.

We are going to provide all the support possible for our football program, including employment contracts that reflect our commitment to success. Many factors come into play when considering contract terms, including conditions in the national coaching marketplace. In Skip's case, multiple BCS schools sought his coaching services at the end of both the '10 and '11 seasons. As a result, we felt it was important to maintain the stability of leadership in our football program and extended Skip's contract.

As has been our practice in the past, we will evaluate the status of each or our 19 programs at the conclusion of their respective seasons. We'll identify where we are as a football program at that time and continue to build from there.

Since taking over prior to the 2010 season, Holtz is 15-16 overall, and has won just 4 of 16 games in the Big East (4-12 overall), including losses in their past 10 of 11 conference games. After having his name mentioned for other jobs, South Florida extended Holtz's contract last Summer through the 2017 season with an annual salary of $2 million. If the university were to buy Skip out after this season the price tag would be $2.5 million