I like and admire Skip Holtz, who left East Carolina for South Florida. Football is important at East Carolina. Fans understand and appreciate it. And Holtz understood how to restore a program and make it work again.
Always courteous, always gracious and invariably upbeat, Holtz is a football coach for whom you'd like your sons to play. South Florida made a good hire, and nobody with sense can blame Holtz for leaving Conference USA for the Big East.
I hope the Pirates find the right guy to replace him. If you've attended a game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, you're familiar with the atmosphere the team generates. There's a big-time feel to it. Football is better in our state when East Carolina wins.