Pitt TE Holtz doesn't care for 'cocky' Notre Dame

Pitt TE Holtz doesn't care for 'cocky' Notre Dame
November 4, 2013, 6:45 pm
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JJ Stankevitz

Pitt tight end J.P. Holtz doesn't care for Notre Dame, and he didn't mince words while speaking to reporters on Monday about it.

“Personally, I don't like Notre Dame at all,” Holtz told reporters (via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). “It's just going to make me go harder. I just think they're really cocky and coaches are really cocky. I just don't like that. They're just different people there.”

It was the first shot fired in what could be an interesting week of rhetoric, given Pitt's near-upset of the Irish last year. Holtz said he and his teammates will use that game as motivation to beat Notre Dame on Saturday, and told reporters "we should have won that game.
 
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Notre Dame won in triple overtime, after Zach Harper missed a game-winning 33-yard field goal in the second overtime period. On the miss, Notre Dame should've been penalized, too, since both Bennett Jackson and Chris Brown -- both of whom wear No. 2 -- were on the field.

Notre Dame went on to win 29-26, and ultimately advanced to the BCS Championship.
 
Pitt can't keep Notre Dame out of the BCS Championship -- Michigan and Oklahoma already took care of that -- but a win would knock the Irish out of contention for a BCS bowl.