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Holland: No official contact with Holtz

By Denny O'Brien
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GREENVILLE – A recent report that East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz interviewed for the head coaching position at Georgia Tech apparently is false.

According to ECU athletics director Terry Holland, no school has requested permission to interview the third-year Pirates coach.

The Northwest Arkansas Times reported Saturday that Holtz interviewed for the Georgia Tech vacancy, and that he is now considered a candidate to take over at Arkansas.

Holland said Saturday night that he has not been contacted about Holtz’s services.

However, that doesn’t mean that Holtz hasn’t been contacted through intermediaries, a practice that Holland acknowledged is fairly common in today’s climate. That often is the first step in the hiring process, and it is used to gauge a potential candidate's interest in a job opening.

Holtz has been linked by media reports to several openings in recent weeks, most notably the vacancies at Georgia Tech, Arkansas, and to a lesser extent Duke. He attended Saturday night’s ECU basketball victory over N.C. State and is currently preparing for the Pirates’ December 23 showdown with Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

12/09/2007 04:02:02 AM


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