Pep rally excites crowd on packed street

Thousands filled Tryon Street in downtown Charlotte on Friday night to pump up both crowds representing N.C. State and USF.

The pep rally consisted of players, coaches and athletic department representatives talking to their respective crowds.

“You better make sure you set a curfew tonight,” coach Jim Leavitt told the USF crowd of at least 500 wearing green and gold. “Make sure you get in by at least 4 a.m.”

The Bulls’ side cheered as players such as Andre Hall and Terrence Royal led them in a “We are South Florida” cheer.

Predictably, most USF fans left after the Herd of Thunder Marching Band performed all of USF’s fight songs and Alma Mater, missing when N.C. State players led their side in Wolfpack cheers.

USF President Judy Genshaft and Athletic Director Doug Woolard spoke to the crowd. Genshaft, as always, lauded the University, and Woolard graciously thanked those in Charlotte and members of the Meineke Car Care Bowl Board.