USF interviews ex-Buc Williams; Holtz still top candidate

Nearly a week after firing Jim Leavitt, the University of South Florida’s search for the second head football coach in school history remains a source of great speculation.

East Carolina’s Skip Holtz is considered the leading candidate, but Holtz returned home to Greenville, N.C., Tuesday night after talking with USF officials about the opening during his visit to the American Football Coaches Association convention in Orlando. Holtz was in his office Wednesday going about his normal routine amid speculation he was the front-runner.

Meantime, former Bucs quarterback Doug Williams, currently Tampa Bay’s pro personnel director and a successful head coach at Grambling State from 1998 to 2003, interviewed Tuesday in Orlando.

Williams declined to comment on his interview Wednesday.

Williams is a former teammate of Lee Roy Selmon, one of USF’s three-member search committee along with USF athletic director Doug Woolard and executive associate athletic director Bill McGillis.

In a text message Wednesday evening, Holtz said there was nothing new to report on his talks with USF. Rumors circulated at Wednesday night’s USF-West Virginia basketball game that an announcement is expected shortly, and the new coach is expected to be in attendance at USF’s basketball game Saturday against Rutgers.