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Holtz "not opposed to" Bulls playing UCF again

USF coach Skip Holtz said Tuesday that he's spoken with Central Florida coach George O'Leary about their two schools playing in football, and while he's "not opposed to" the rivalry, he said it's a decision to be made by Bulls athletic director Doug Woolard.

"I know that he has had some correspondence with them, that they have talked about the possibility of that being brought up in the future," Holtz said. "I'm not opposed to it. When we were at East Carolina, we played North Carolina, played N.C. State, Duke, Wake Forest. We've played people above us and below us from a conference standpoint. I like the geographic rivalries it creates for your fan base."

Woolard has followed a specific scheduling model in recent years, with USF's five nonconference games comprised of two games against BCS-conference opponents, two against non-BCS Division I-A opponents and one home game against a I-AA program. The Bulls have an opening for a non-BCS series starting in 2011-12 -- they're already scheduled to a home-and-home with Ball State of the Mid-American Conference in those two seasons.

USF and UCF played four times from 2005-08, with the Bulls winning all four games. The series wasn't renewed, with USF explaining that it already had several games lined up with in-state opponents -- the Bulls will play at Florida and Miami this fall, with a home game against Florida Atlantic. UCF has openly lobbied to play the Bulls every season, while USF hasn't been as interested.

UCF is 2-41 all-time against opponents from BCS conferences, having beaten Alabama in 2000 and N.C. State in 2007. The Bulls are 17-0 against non-BCS opponents since leaving Conference USA to join the Big East in 2005.

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:25am]

    

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