Into the Lions’ den?

The Bulls already have a date in the Swamp and a spot in the Lions’ den may not be far behind.

USF lined up two football games at Florida in 2008 and 2009 last week, and now the Bulls might be close to securing a deal to play at Penn State in September of 2005.

Sources from both schools confirmed Thursday that a deal is in the works and a tentative agreement has been reached.

“Our departments have had some discussions, and we’re in agreement that we’d like to play,” USF Athletic Director Lee Roy Selmon said. “We haven’t finalized a contract, so it’s still a work in progress.”

Penn State Sports Information Director Jeff Nelson indicated that the Nittany Lions would like to continue their history of playing a diverse schedule by bringing in the Bulls.

“We’ve tried to play a number of schools from around the country,” Nelson said. “Under Joe Paterno, we’ve played more than 70 different Division I-A teams.

“Obviously, there are a number of schools who are interested in coming to play here at Penn State. We want to bring a different mix of schools here. USF has established itself as a rising I-A program, and we felt we needed to talk to them about playing them.”

With a capacity attendance of more than 107,282, Beaver Stadium would easily be the largest venue USF has ever played in.

Anthony Gagliano
Alex Zesch