Holtz on radio: Are Miami, BC better off in ACC?
USF coach Skip Holtz was on WDAE 620-AM on Tuesday morning, talking with Dan Sileo about a number of topics, including potential conference realignment.
Holtz initially said much of what he said during Monday's Big East coaches teleconference -- that the landscape is still changing and likely isn't done -- but had more pointed comments to make to Sileo, who played football at Miami.
"I think right now South Florida is positioned very strong. I think the Big East has been a very strong conference," Holtz said. "You would be the best one to ask for this: If you could go back, if you could turn back the clock, do you think it was a wise decision for Miami to leave the Big East?"
Sileo answered "no" to the question, and Holtz followed: "I can't answer for them, but I kind of imagine Boston College would say the same thing."
Sileo said Miami's basketball is better from being in the ACC, but that the football program "has completely gone south." Holtz's response: "Nobody knows all the ins and outs and repercussions of making some of the decisions we do. It may look good in the short term. It may have more glory and glitz to it, more flash to it, but in the longterm, I don't think we know everything we're giving up when we start making some of these decisions and changing the landscape of college athletics."
-- On the Bulls' 70-17 win Saturday against I-AA Florida A&M, Sileo pointed out how much USF's backups had played Saturday to argue against any suggestion that Holtz had run up the score on the Rattlers -- the Bulls had a Big East record 745 yards of total offense -- and here's what Holtz had to say.
"I played the 1s for the first half. ... I let them play one series in the third quarter," Holtz said. "My whole thing is in the third quarter, you've got to let your 2s run the offense. You've got to let Bobby Eveld not just hand the ball off but run your offense and be able to make some throws and reads and get him some experience. ... We didn't throw a pass in the fourth quarter. We turned and tried to run the ball. It certainly wasn't trying to run the score up.
"Defensively, they blitzed every down. They threw it every down on offense. At some point, if you don't want the other team to score, you've got to shut it down with your own team as well."
(Just to go all PolitiFact on Holtz's comments: USF did throw once early in the fourth quarter, on third-and-goal from the 2, no less, and the play resulted in a pass interference call, with a touchdown on the next play. USF's final two drives were exclusively running plays. ... And FAMU had nine running plays in the fourth quarter.)
Sileo joked that Notre Dame had gotten on Miami for running up the score when the two schools played 20 years ago, but Holtz said he's never been one to complain on that issue.
"I have never jumped on anybody for running up the score, and I'll tell you why," Holtz said. "When Bobby Bowden was at West Virginia, he beat my father (Lou Holtz) at N.C. State. My father was upset with him and said 'Bobby, I can't believe you'd run the score up like that.' Bobby looked at him and said 'Lou, it's not my job to keep the score down. It's yours.'"
(Again, a little more fact-checking, only because Holtz's memory is usually so strong. Lou Holtz actually ran up the score on Bowden when he was at N.C. State, beating his WVU team 49-13 in 1972. That's likely in response to what Skip means to refer to -- when Lou had his first head coaching job at William & Mary, West Virginia (with Bowden as OC) won 31-0 against Holtz in 1969, then again (with Bowden as a first-year head coach) beat Holtz 43-7 in 1970. This seems to confirm that. This audio clip from Bowden gives some great details. In his defense, Skip was 5 and 6 years old at the time.)