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Skip Holtz lands on his feet, gets the Louisiana Tech job

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Skip Holtz's time at South Florida didn't turn out very well, but he also wasn't too far removed from being a hot name for his success at East Carolina.

It shouldn't be too surprising that Holtz wasn't out of work long. Holtz was hired to replace Sonny Dykes as Louisiana Tech's head coach.

Dykes fielded a fun, fast-break offense, and Holtz is going to take a shot at keeping that going.

According to Pete Roussel of coachingsearch.com, Holtz said he will keep the up-tempo offense that Louisiana Tech had success with under Dykes.

"I think if it ain't broke, then don't fix it," Holtz said.

That will be a shift for Holtz, and it will be interesting to see how much his philosophy really changes. South Florida was 92nd in total offense in FBS and 104th in points scored this season.

While there will be a lot of questions about whether Holtz can learn to coach a team that runs the same style of offense that thrilled fans under Dykes, Holtz has had success before, and Louisiana Tech hopes that his 16-21 mark at South Florida was an aberration.

"Coach Holtz is a talented coach with a solid record of success and experience," Louisiana Tech president-elect Dr. Les Guice said in a statement. "He has great knowledge of the game, tremendous character, exceptional leadership abilities, and a professional approach that will serve him well as head coach at Louisiana Tech.

"I am confident that Coach Holtz can continue the positive trajectory of our football program as we move into Conference USA and our fans can expect to see an exciting brand of football."

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