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Louisiana Tech hires Skip Holtz as new head coach

RUSTON, La. — Skip Holtz wasn't without a head coaching job for long.

He was introduced as Louisiana Tech's new coach Friday, less than two weeks after he was fired by South Florida .

Holtz replaces Sonny Dykes, who left to accept the head coaching job at California last week. Louisiana Tech went 9-3 under Dykes this season, with a potent offense that averaged 51 points and 578 yards per game, but was surprisingly left without a bowl bid after balking at an early invitation to the Independence Bowl.

The 48-year-old Holtz is the son of Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, who is known most for his long and successful stint at Notre Dame.

The younger Holtz is coming off a 3-9 2012 campaign at South Florida, where he was 16-21 in three seasons.

Holtz is 88-71 overall in 13 seasons at Connecticut, East Carolina and University of South Florida.