Conference USA head coach with SEC ties reportedly interested in Mississippi State job
As Mississippi State continues to look for a coach to replace Joe Moorhead, the Bulldogs may have interest from a neighboring state.
Brad Logan of the Clarion-Ledger reported the news: Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz “has interest” in the head coach opening at Mississippi State, per sources. He finished with a 10-3 record this season and a win over Miami in the Independence Bowl.
Holtz has been at La Tech since 2013, was at South Florida for three years before that, and East Carolina from 2005 to 2009. La Tech was 10-3 in the 2019 season, and won the Independence Bowl over Miami. That was the program’s sixth straight year in a bowl game.
The Bulldog football program was just one of four Division I FBS programs to win nine or more games and a bowl game from 2014-16, alongside Wisconsin, Clemson and Utah.
He has also served as the head coach at Connecticut, and at East Carolina, he won back-to-back Conference USA titles with the Pirates in 2008 and 2009. He also led his teams to five consecutive post-season bowl games between 2006 and 2010.
Before ECU, Holtz spent six seasons at South Carolina, and coached quarterbacks and tight ends as assistant head coach under his father, Lou Holtz.