Because college football is so big, so popular and so lucrative, many look to the success of a school’s football team as a gauge of that university.
It’s why USF’s frustrating loss to Connecticut was unfortunate not only for the team and its fans, but for the University as a whole.
Had the favored Bulls managed to win, USF would have received plenty of local and national attention this week. Television and radio show analysts would have focused on this team, its history and the University. Local media would have had a hometown underdog to cover.
Not only that, this weekend’s home game against conference frontrunner West Virginia would have decided the Big East and been nationally televised, exposure coach Jim Leavitt and Co. dream about. Sadly for USF, that’s not the case anymore.
Since the program started nine years ago, it has understandably been in the shadow of the football programs such as Florida, Florida State and Miami. A Big East title – or even playing in a game to decide it – would have gone a long way in USF’s quest for the same national respect those schools receive.
However, even if Saturday’s loss was a step backward for this season, this program still appears to be on the rise for the long term. Fans must not forget how young this football program is and how much it has accomplished. After all, an inaugural bowl game is still possible even with a loss this weekend. And while that would not be what USF hoped for, it would still be a step forward.
At the half, a 14-point lead meant USF was on track to win its first conference game in over a calendar year. That energy was kept up even with under five minutes to go when the Bulls were up 33-20. Then USF watched as its lead went from comfortable, to slim, to nonexistent in the […]
Under normal circumstances, Grant Nolder, president of the USF flag football team would be preparing for the club’s biggest competition of the year, the Swamp Bowl. The annual tournament, hosted at UF, typically takes place during the fall semester and features some of the best club flag football teams in the country. Winners of the […]
Coach Brian Gregory said Tuesday the Bulls didn’t play complete, 40-minute games in their two losses last week. It’s debatable if they did Wednesday night against East Carolina (11-18, 5-11) at the Yuengling Center, but it was more than enough to put up a 73-68 overtime win. “It’s funny. There were stretches where we played […]
Student Government (SG) launched the first-of-its-kind, merit-based scholarship to students Nov. 5 on USF’s Tampa campus. As a part of Student Body President Britney Deas and Student Body Vice President Travis McCloskey’s platform, Bull S.H.I.F.T., — Success, Health, Innovation, Finance and Tradition — the SG’s Student Leadership Scholarship consists of two merit-based scholarships which will […]
A plan drafted on a bar napkin two years ago has now become the USF Jabil Innovation Institute, a multi-million dollar institute combining the College of Engineering and the Muma College of Business. Senior Vice President of Advancement and CEO of the USF Foundation Joel Momberg and Jabil CEO Mark Mondello jotted the idea down […]