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Preview 2017: Louisiana Tech's Holtz Hot Again?

Preview 2017: Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz Hot Again?

Is Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz on the verge of being a hot head coach again? With one more year, maybe.

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So, at what point does Skip Holtz become a hot coach again?

Going 15-21 in his three year run at South Florida killed his trajectory on the way to a big-time Power Five job, but after a rocky first season at Louisiana Tech, three straight nine-win campaigns, two division titles, three bowl wins, and an unstoppable offense might just turn the ship back around with one more big year.

It’s not that Conference USA isn’t a hoot, but it has an interesting combination of upwardly-mobile head coaches trying to prove themselves for bigger and better things, and very good coaches who’ve stuck around for a variety of reasons.

Lane Kiffin is a rental, Butch Davis is throwing his hat back in the ring, and Jeff Brohm just left Western Kentucky for Purdue. Meanwhile, Rick Stockstill has been at Middle Tennessee since 2006, Rice’s David Bailiff has been there since 2007, Bobby Wilder has been building up Old Dominion since 2009 and Doc Holliday has been at Marshall since 2010.

Which category will Holtz fall into going forward?

Just 53, there’s plenty of time to go somewhere else if the offer comes – and if he wants to go – or he can continue to make Louisiana Tech an offensive juggernaut. What’s it going to take to get another shot to move up the ladder?

Come up with another nine-win season with this year’s team and keep the offense rocking.
Five starters return to the nation’s second-best offense, but it losses QB Ryan Higgins and the devastating receiving combination of Carlos Henderson and Trent Taylor from the No. 2 passing game in college football.

There might be talent in place, and there’s the potential for another big year, but it’ll take a whale of a coaching job to get to another 7,200-yard season with 620 points. The O improved by almost 1,000 yards and 132 points from a good 2015 season – it’s asking a lot to keep this going at the 2016 level.

The defense only gets back five starters, too, but the pass rush should be devastating, there’s enough shifting around to come up with a good starting 11, and as long as the secondary is a wee bit better, it’ll be fine.

Throw in Jonathan Barnes and the great kicking game, add in a relatively manageable schedule with at least six automatic wins if the team doesn’t fall off the map, and the pieces are there for another great run.

Win the West again, get to the Conference USA championship game, and go bowling for a fourth straight year. Do that, and Holtz will have done just about everything Louisiana Tech could’ve asked for.

And – clicks gone wild if Brian Kelly is let go at Notre Dame and/or Bret Bielema is out at Arkansas – some Power Five program might become very, very interested.

2017 Louisiana Tech Preview: What You Need To Know
2017 Louisiana Tech Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
– Louisiana Tech Previews: 2016 | 2015