As has been the case in two previous trips to play at Miami, USF football team will take buses 270 miles on Friday for Saturday's 3 p.m. kickoff, and coach Skip Holtz said he prefers such a ride to flying on short trips like this.
"Sometimes you have to take a bus to the airport ... it takes an hour to board the plane because everybody has to be screened, then you get on the plane ... get on a bus again. It's like 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles,'" Holtz said ."Sometimes you get there, you're worn out because of everything you have to go through to get there. This is going to be get on the bus, grab a school book, put a movie on, watch a couple of movies, pull into the stadium and have the opportunity to go to the walk-through. ... I think it makes for a much smoother transition."
In Holtz's early days as a head coach at Connecticut in the 1990s, his teams traveled mostly by bus to local Northeast opponents, so it's a welcome change from road trips this season to play in places like Reno, Nev., and Muncie, Indiana.
"My whole mind set has always been anything under four hours (driving), I'd just as soon bus," Holtz said. "From Connnecticut, you can get to a lot of places in four hours. I don't mind the bus. We used to bus to Michigan when I was at Notre Dame, used to bus to Michigan State. I prefer the bus trips over the plane trips."
Holtz and USF won at Miami two years ago in overtime, but his history with the Hurricanes goes back to his Notre Dame days -- he was on Lou Holtz's staff for the final "Catholics vs. Convicts" game in 1990, which saw Notre Dame win 29-20 to knock Miami out of the national championship picture.
Asked about the 1989 Notre Dame game at Miami (he was at Colorado State that season) in which Miami famously converted a third-and-44 play on the way to a 27-10 win to end the Fighting Irish's 23-game winning streak, Holtz smiled and said: "I don't remember anything about that game."