Pitt notebook: Sophomore tight end not a fan of Notre Dame
• Pitt sophomore tight end J.P. Holtz delivered a blow Monday that surely will be heard in South Bend, Ind. Holtz, who scored a touchdown in Pitt's triple-overtime loss last season at Notre Dame Stadium, said playing the Irish gives him extra motivation. “Personally, I don't like Notre Dame at all,” he said. “It's just going to make me go harder. I just think they're really cocky and their coaches are really cocky. I just don't like that. They're just different people there.” Holtz said he took a recruiting visit to Notre Dame while he was a senior at Shaler. “It's awesome up there, but it's not somewhere I would want to go to school,” he said.
• Holtz said losing a close game to Notre Dame, in which Pitt blew a 20-6 lead in the fourth quarter to the then-undefeated Irish, will help this year's Pitt team prepare. “I think it's going to be motivation for a lot of the guys who played last year,” Holtz said. “We should have won that game.”
• Pitt has played Notre Dame every year since 2008 and the five games have been decided by 3, 5, 6, 3 and 3 points. Pitt has lost three in a row in the series, which will resume at Heinz Field in 2015.
• Pitt is expecting 60 high school prospects in attendance Saturday night.
• Offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty and guard Cory King are recovering from back injuries that kept them out of the starting lineup Saturday. “We're hoping we're over the hump with where (Bisnowaty) is at,” coach Paul Chryst said. “I would anticipate (King) being able to do more this week.”
• Cornerback K'Waun Williams has a bruised biceps, but Chryst said, “I think he'll be all right.”
• Pitt's game against North Carolina on Nov. 16 will kick off at 12:30 p.m. at Heinz Field.
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