Holtz talks about TCU joining Big East
Monday's news doesn't make it easier for Skip Holtz to lead USF to future Big East titles, but the first-year Bulls coach talked about the newest addition to the conference during the Big East's weekly coaches teleconference.
"I'm all for anything that strengthens the Big East conference," Holtz said, "that helps us as an overall conference and helps South Florida and the members of the Big East. If this is what the presidents and the athletic directors and the Board of Trustees and the people that make the decisions feel is in the best interest of the conference, I support their decision 100 percent."
Holtz, admittedly, has his mind focused on the 2010 Big East, moreso than the 2012 lineup, as USF finishes the regular season at home against Connecticut, potentially earning a five-way share of the league crown with a win and losses by Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
"At this point in time during the year, it's kneecaps and elbows as you're flying around trying to get everything done," Holtz said. "You've got your head in the sand and you're knee-deep into your program, and this news comes out, which I think is going to provide a lot of excitement and energy for the program, especially from a football standpoint with all the success that TCU has had on the field."
TCU has won 11 or more games in five of the last six seasons, dominating the Mountain West conference and playing in BCS bowl games, as they will this season. USF won at TCU in double overtime in 2004, but the Bulls will have their hands full the next time they face the Horned Frogs.
"Coach (Gary) Patterson has done a great job there. They've brought an awful lot of exposure to themselves, just because of the success they've had over the years," Holtz said. "They have been one of the football teams over the last five years that has been one of the quote-unquote leaders in this whole BCS busters thing, and they've done it on a consistent basis. They've proven they can compete at that level and that they're deserving of being in a BCS conference. I think they'll bring an awful lot of value to the table."