RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time Lou Holtz coached a game at Carter-Finley Stadium, he was on the other side of the field, taking on a team wearing a deeper shade of red than the Wolfpack.
A Holtz-led North Carolina State team beat South Carolina in his final home game as coach in November 1975 before a one-year stint in the NFL.
Four teams, 24 years, one national championship, 170 college wins and a two-year commentating career later, Holtz returned Saturday as the Gamecocks' coach, opening the season at North Carolina State with a 10-0 loss.
"It's disappointing, but it's a start," Holtz said, dodging most questions about his return to coaching. "Right up until the last seconds, we thought we had a chance."