Sources: Skip Holtz fired at USF

USF coach Skip Holtz has been fired, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy on Sunday.

Holtz just finished a miserable 3-9 season, on the heels of a disappointing 5-7 campaign in 2011. He was asked after Sunday's 27-3 loss to Pitt whether he expected to return and said, "I'd certainly like to be. There's been a lot of hard work that has gone into this, through players, coaches. There's a lot of underclassmen on that field ... a lot of young talent on the field. I understand the hardened position we've put a lot of people in, with the record that we have. ... I understand the nature of this business is to win games."

USF was 2-14 in its last 16 games under Holtz, who is set to receive a $2.5 million buyout.