December 10, 2008

Holtz declines Syracuse job

GREENVILLE, N.C. - While East Carolina is not totally out of the woods yet for other potential job openings, sources tell PirateIllustrated that Pirate head football coach Skip Holtz has decided not to accept a similar job at Syracuse University.

The 44 year old Holtz led the Pirates to the Conference USA championship over Tulsa 27-24 last Saturday and has a record of 29-21 in his fourth season at the helm in Greenville with a 63-44 overall record for his career.

Holtz, who is scheduled to appear at an initial AutoZone Liberty Bowl press function on Thursday along with Director of Athletics Terry Holland, could still be on the interview list at Auburn according to some sources, where head coach Tommy Tuberville was released last week.

The Pirates head to Memphis the last week of December for a January 2nd date with the Wildcats of Kentucky in the 50th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl to be seen on ESPN.

ECU will be making their third visit to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl after consecutive trips in 1994 and 1995 where the Pirates lost in the first to Illinois 30-0 as the winner of the Liberty Bowl Alliance - the precurser to Conference USA - before earning a 19-13 victory the following year in the first year of Conference USA against Ty Willingham and Stanford.

At the time, in what was the AXA Liberty Bowl, the bowl opted to take their choice of either the Conference USA champion or the Pirates (who were left out of the inaugural year of C-USA before being admitted in 1996). The Liberty Bowl opted for the 8-3 Pirates to appear under former head coach Steve Logan who is now the offensive coordinator at Boston College.

Tickets for the 50th edition of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl are available through the team website at and audio coverage will be provided by the Pirate-ISP Radio Network.

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