Holtz: Big East admitted mistakes in last week's flags
Penalties continued to be a problem for USF in Saturday's 37-34 loss to Cincinnati, with the Bulls resetting their high for penalty yards under Skip Holtz for the second week in a row. But asked if 10 flags for 109 yards represented undisciplined play, Holtz said he'll wait to criticize his team until he watches the videotape to see if the mistakes were from his players or the officials.
Here's what he had to say:
"(Last week) we had nine, and I sent a bunch of them into the (Big East) office and they agreed they shouldn't have been penalties. So I will reserve my judgment on getting upset over penalties and getting mad at players until I have the opportunity to watch the film. I made that mistake last week. I made the mistake of getting on a bunch of players for penalties that were thrown, and I put on the film and I couldn't find the penalties. I sent them to the office and they agreed they shouldn't have been penalties and 'We'll grow from that as an officiating crew' and 'We'll improve on this and put this on the teaching reel and get better because of it.' So until I put on the film and watch the penalty happen, I'm not willing to tell you this team is undisciplined, because that's been so uncharacteristic of us since we've been here. Ninety yards in penalties is the most we've ever had last week, and 45 the conference office agrees shouldn't have been called. That's half your yardage. Now you come out today and have 109. How many of those am I going to put on the film and watch?"