Northwestern to hire Skip Holtz: Veteran coach will serve as special assistant to interim boss

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Skip Holtz has agreed in principle to join Northwestern’s staff as a special assistant to interim coach David Braun for the 2023 season, according to multiple reports. The role, considered temporary, will not interfere with Holtz’s position as coach of the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions. Holtz, the son of longtime former college football coach Lou Holtz, was previously linked to the position as Northwestern sought to add an experienced voice to Braun’s staff for the 2023 season. Former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt also interviewed for the job before removing himself from consideration. 

Braun was thrown into the role of interim coach in mid-July after Northwestern fired longtime coach Pat Fitzgerald amid rampant hazing allegations within the program. Multiple lawsuits have been field on behalf of former Wildcat players with more than 30 are expected to be filed in total. One suit alleges that assistants were not only aware of hazing but also subjected to the activities during Fitzgerald’s time guiding the program. 

Holtz, 59, has coaching experience that dates back to 1987. He had college head coaching stops at UConn (1994-98), East Carolina (2005-09), South Florida (2010-12) and Louisiana Tech (2013-21). Holtz’s Stallions have won back-to-back championships in the revamped USFL. 

Braun is entering his first season at Northwestern after being hired as the defensive coordinator from North Dakota State. Northwestern was already looking to rebound from a 1-11 finish to the 2022 season — tied…


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