"He's on me and [athletic director] Mike Hamrick and everybody else, wanting to play," Holliday said. "That's just Grooms."
Holliday and several players welcomed the bye week pretty much from the final play of the Herd's triple-overtime loss in Blacksburg, but not just for the healing aspect. Seven coaches left town for recruiting trips.
Holliday was able to give his players Monday and Tuesday off, which was good to rest the mind. Holliday also pointed out another positive intangible.
"When you lose a game like that, all people want to talk about is that game, all week," he said. "I guarantee those kids are walking to class and they're walking to here. If we had to line up Saturday, [the students] wouldn't be talking San Antonio, they'd be talking about the Virginia Tech game."
Holliday knows Larry Coker, essentially the father of UTSA football, quite well. Coker was offensive coordinator or head coach at Miami (Fla.) for 12 seasons, so the two often crossed paths on the recruiting trail and occasionally in games.
UTSA is in its third season, going 8-4 in the now-football-extinct Western Athletic Conference. The Roadrunners' 2-2 mark this season includes an impressive win at Texas-El Paso in their Conference USA debut.
"They're a good team," Holliday said. "I'm not sitting here blowing smoke, I'm just telling you. Go watch them. They scored 35 against Okie State, they played Arizona tough, they went and beat UTEP on the road, they beat New Mexico on the road.
"They play Houston this week. That will be a good gauge as to how they match up. They've got a quarterback [Eric Soza] that's talented. They have been playing football for [only] three years, but when you turn on the film it doesn't look that way. It's amazing what he's done in that three-year period.
"Go watch the film, and you'll like what you see. I really didn't like what I saw."
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