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Holtz takes issue with officiating in UConn loss



USF coach Skip Holtz made it clear Sunday night that the nine penalties called against his team were not the reason the Bulls took a 16-10 loss at UConn, but he said he will write a letter to the Big East questioning some of the calls against his players.


"What's frustrating is I go back and I have a hard time finding five of them on film," Holtz said. "That's what's frustrating to me. It's very difficult to argue with an official crew when a game's going on. You go on to the next play. Not that it's going to make any difference. They throw the flag, the word is final, that's all there is."

Terry McAulay, an NFL official and the Big East's coordinator of football officiating, was in attendance at Saturday's game, watching from the press box. Holtz said he will submit a letter to the league office, as well as video of the questionable calls.

"I would hope we would get a fair assessment when he sits down and watches the play in a neutral situation," Holtz said. "I'm in the middle of the forest, but I can look at a lot of the penalties and go 'OK, that's a hold. That's a good call.' The first personal foul, going to the quarterback's head, that's a good call. I'm not trying to argue just any time a flag drops that everything they do is wrong."

USF's nine penalties were one short of the most under Holtz, and the 89 penalty yards are the most in his 19 games with the Bulls.

"I'll handle that through the proper channels," Holtz said. "I met with the team, talked about 90 yards of penalties. That many penalties changes the course of a game. Every time you get a first down, it seemed like you're moving it back. You get a punt return, you're moving it back. You get a kick return, you're moving it back. It seemed we were always starting in a hole. From that standpoint, the penalties were frustrating. That did not lose the game for us. We had our opportunities. It certainly didn't help us, but the turnovers were the thing that bothered me more than anything else."

[Last modified: Sunday, October 16, 2011 8:42pm]


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