MORGANTOWN -- This really should be nothing new to Skip Holtz because he spent the past five years at East Carolina in Conference USA. There, as it is in the Big East, football schedules are not so much formulated as they are dictated.
Television calls, you answer. Doesn't matter if it's a Saturday or a Thursday, a Wednesday or a Friday or even the occasional Sunday.
Suffice it to say, though, that even this is a bit out of the ordinary.
Holtz is now the first-year coach at South Florida. Tonight, a Thursday, he brings the Bulls to Morgantown for a game with No. 25 West Virginia.
Next week it's another trip, this time to Cincinnati for a Friday night game.
And then, after a week off, comes a Wednesday night home game against Rutgers.
South Florida will go from Oct. 9 through Nov. 13 without playing a Saturday football game.
"It's a challenge for our players because we're going to go through the next four Saturdays without playing,'' Holtz said. "We'll go a whole month without playing on Saturdays and that makes it very difficult.''
Difficult, Holtz says, because of the routine -- or, more precisely, the lack thereof.