South Florida has officially hired Skip Holtz as its new head coach. Holtz spent five seasons at East Carolina and engineered a remarkable turnaround for the program. Under Holtz, East Carolina had four straight winning season, went to four straight bowl games and won back-to-back Conference USA championships.

Georgia hired Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham as its defensive coordinator. Grantham has 11 years of coaching experience in the NFL and has had college coaching jobs at Michigan State (defensive line) and Virginia Tech (defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs).'s Heather Dinich is reporting that former Virginia head coach Al Groh has been hired as Georgia Tech's new defensive coordinator.

Norm Chow, who was offensive coordinator at USC under Pete Carroll, announced that he will remain at UCLA as the Bruins' offensive coordinator. USC had interest in adding Chow to Lane Kiffin's staff, presumably as offensive coordinator.

"I appreciate the interest from USC and Lane Kiffin, but I feel we are building something special here at UCLA and I am excited about our future," Chow said in a statement released by the school. "We have some outstanding young players in the program and we are working hard on finishing strong in recruiting."

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Duke head coach David Cutcliffe announced today that he will remain with the Blue Devils. There was speculation that Cutcliffe was being considered to replace Kiffin at Tennessee.

"After much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family," Cutcliffe said in a statement on the school's Web site.  "We have both family members and lifetime friends in the Knoxville community and share a deep respect for the University of Tennessee.  Our ties to the school and the Eastern Tennessee area are obvious.  But before Tennessee's hiring process comes to a conclusion, I know that Duke University is where we want to coach."

James Willis was hired as Texas Tech's new defensive coordinator, replacing Ruffin McNeill. Willis was associate head coach at Alabama under Nick Saban, coaching the linebackers. Willis had worked for new Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville while the two were at Auburn.