You have to remember where Cincy was at the time when they hired him. The Big East had just fallen apart and they were stuck in the American with the land of forgotten children. Here was a coach with a big name leaving a P5 program on his own volition to come there. At the time the locals saw it as a pride thing and gave them something to cheer about because hey, it shows that UC was a good program, but in the end it obviously was a disaster.
Holtman really is the right choice for the program going forward. He is a proven winner and more than an up and comer, he has led Butler to consistently solid seasons.