Holtz questions 'sense' of 10 Big East football teams
USF coach Skip Holtz is back in Greenville, N.C., for two important causes this weekend -- groundbreaking of the Drew Steele Center, which he worked tirelessly to raise funds for, and a charity golf tournament for cancer research bearing the name of Thomas "Rock" Roggeman, a teammate of his at Notre Dame and a longtime assistant on his coaching staff who died last summer after battling cancer.
While he's back at East Carolina, he did a great radio interview with Pirate Radio 1250, which you can listen to here. He was asked about the potential for Big East expansion in football, and here's what he had to say:
"I think it's going to be really interesting. We're going to learn an awful lot Sunday when we go to the conference meetings (in Ponte Vedra). We'll sit down for three days and that will be a big part of discussions. I think the thing we have to continue to look at as the Big East is what do we need to do to strengthen our program, strengthen our league. There's been a lot of talk about do you go from nine to 10, which I don't know how much sense that really makes, when the Big Ten left the model of 10, the Pac-10 has left the model of 10. Both of them more or less said 'This model doesn't work. Let's go to 12.' I think we have to look hard at it. Having TCU come into the league will add an awful lot of instant energy when you look at the success they've had right now as a program. It gives you a balanced schedule with four (home) and four (road). I think we need to look hard at going to 12. Is that where we're going? Are we going to 12? And if we're going to 12 and we're going to add three, then I would love to see East Carolina as one of the additions in this league. I have fond memories of East Carolina and my time here in Greenville. I look at their fanbase and their following and the support they have here, and being located here in the Carolinas, I think East Carolina can pick up and really grow into the program Virginia Tech has become, with the opportunity to be in a (league) like the Big East. It's one of the things I'd love to see happen. It's going to be really interesting to see how this is going to play out here over the next couple of months, but I think it's definitely something the Big East needs to look at and consider."