Skip Holtz, Greg Schiano now neighbors

Well who would have thought that Skip Holtz and Greg Schiano would one day share the same sideline?

Coming to Raymond James Stadium in 2012, it will be Holtz guiding USF on Saturdays and Schiano leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sundays. Schiano's move from Rutgers to Tampa Bay's NFL franchise means that former conference rivals are now chums. It also means that many Bulls fans in the Tampa area have to -- gulp! -- root for a former nemesis.

Holtz put out a statement on the move late Thursday evening, welcoming Schiano to the neighborhood.

"I’m excited for Greg and his family. We’ve gotten to know each other over the past few seasons. He’s a great person and a tremendous coach. We’ve had some great battles and I respect the effort and discipline his teams have played with. He’s a defensive coach with NFL experience, and I think he has a great opportunity to be successful with the Bucs. We are fans of coach Schiano and the Bucs organization and we wish them both great success."

For the record, Holtz and Schiano split their two Big East meetings. Rutgers delivered one of the more heartbreaking losses of USF's 2011 season, storming back from a 17-3 fourth-quarter deficit to win 20-17 in overtime on Nov. 5.