On Thursdays in the blog since bowl season, I've been doing this concept called "The Argument." It's pretty simple, really: I find two people to argue opposing sides of a college football debate, then I weigh in. For this week, since almost every major coaching vacancy is filled, I wanted to look into the best coaching hire this winter. Let's get at it.
On one side we've got ESPN BCS guru Brad Edwards, the coordinator of college football research for ESPN and an analyst for "College GameDay" on ESPN Radio each Saturday throughout the season. His pick is Skip Holtz, son of Lou Holtz and the new coach of the South Florida Bulls (after a tenure with East Carolina):
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding Jim Leavitt's departure from USF, it's fair to wonder whether he had taken the program as far as he possibly could. Over the last three seasons, the Bulls fell into the frustrating pattern of a great start followed by a disappointing finish, with most of the disappointment coming in conference play.
That's where Holtz could be a significant upgrade. Not only did he score big nonconference wins over Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Boise State in his last three seasons at East Carolina, but he also won back-to-back C-USA titles -- both as an underdog in the conference championship game.