Spring Report: Legendary Coach Lou Holtz Visits Bulls Country

March 24, 2010
Granfather Lou Holtz and grandson Chad Holtz
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TAMPA -- The story of the opening portion of spring practice No. 5 was that Skip Holtz's father, Lou, came out to visit the team.

He spoke to the USF baseball team prior to their practice on Wednesday afternoon and then opened up the football team's work with a message about, "Doing things the right way."

Lou, of course, is a College Football Hall of Famer, thanks to his work as the head coach at Notre Dame. He is also ultra-popular for his work in studio as part of ESPN's college football coverage.

He was joined at practice by his grandson, Chad, who rode shotgun in a golf cart with grandfather at the wheel (check the image to the right).

The family atmosphere is certainly a unique aspect of the Holtz era and has been part of his messaging to the team. He tells his players to take care of their family first and think of those closest to them with every decision they make in their personal lives.

That message hits home when Skip invites his father, children and wife out to practice and team functions on a regular basis.

Lou is recovering from surgery and was wearing a neck brace at practice. Perhaps more noticeable was the fact that he was also sporting a Kent State hat and a Notre Dame polo shirt during the opening moments of practice.

By the end of practice, when Lou addressed the team for a second time, he was wearing a fitted USF baseball cap and looked very comfortable in the green and gold.

The Bulls will be in shorts and jersey tops on Friday afternoon for practice. The practice comes right in the middle of USF's annual coaching clinic and will likely be the shortest of the spring season.

Saturday brings the first scrimmage of the spring season. The Bulls will square off against each other on Saturday at Noon and quarterback B.J. Daniels (shoulder) is expected to participate in a non-contact capacity.

The scrimmage is closed to media and the public, but a select group of USF supporters will get into the closed event. Fans that have already renewed their USF football season tickets will get the exclusive opportunity to watch the scrimmage.

It's a great benefit for USF season ticket holders, who we don't thank enough... So... THANK YOU.

Pro Day On The Horizon
USF's Pro Day will begin at 1 p.m. and run until approximately 5 p.m. on March 30.

Pro Day is an opportunity for former USF players to perform in front of NFL Scouts in all the same workouts that are completed at the NFL Combine each year.

Pro Day participants will report at 1 p.m. and begin in the USF weight room. The players will get measured and weighed before working out on the bench press and testing their vertical and broad jump.

The hopeful NFL candidates will then take to the USF Soccer field where they will run a 40-yard dash, partake in agility drills and compete in positional drills.

As usual, those who have already worked out at the NFL combine (Nate Allen, Jerome Murphy, George Selvie, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kion Wilson and Carlton Mitchell) will likely limit their activities to a few drills. Nate Allen did not run at the NFL Combine because of an injury, but could continue his rise up NFL Draft boards with an impressive showing on March 30.

The NFL Network and Draft expert Mike Mayock will be in attendance at Pro Day. USF is also expecting scouts from every NFL organization. Many clubs are hoping to get an up-close look at Jason Pierre-Paul, who has been listed as high as the third best player in the upcoming draft.

The tentative list of USF participants is:

Allen, Nate
Alvarado, Delbert
Baldwin, Dexter
Breen, Craig
Busbee, Ben
Grothe, Matt
Harris, Aaron
Hester, Jessie
Mitchell, Carlton
Murphy, Jerome
Perkins, Cameron
Pierre Paul, Jason
Robinson, Chris
Selvie, George
Wilson, Kion
Wilson, Theo

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