USF to honor Holtzs scholarship offer to Rafferty
After dealing with much public scrutiny after reports surfaced of members of Willie Taggarts coaching staff withdrawing a scholarship offered to Robinson High School offensive lineman Connor Rafferty by Skip Holtzs staff in June, USF stated the offer still stands.
We have been, and always were, planning to honor the scholarships offered by Skip Holtz, USF athletics spokesman Jeremy Sharpe said.He said there were no changes from the plan to honor all scholarships offeredby Holtz, despite reports from Raffertys mother, who told the Tampa Tribune that her son received a phone call telling him to look elsewhere.
After the phone call, Rafferty was left scrambling to look into other schools and recently received an offer from
Samford University in Alabama. Rafferty also scheduled a trip to Eastern Kentucky. A meeting between Taggarts staff and Raffertys family was reportedly held Wednesday.
Willie Taggart, Sharpe said, cannot comment on recruits until National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
USF baseball announces familiar face as associate head coach
USF baseball announced Alan Kunkel as its new associate head coach on Thursday — but Kunkel is no stranger to the Bulls. He served as the assistant coach for South Florida (21-39, 7-17 AAC) from 2019-21, working primarily with the hitters. The announcement comes after the departure of former coach Karsten Whitson on May 30. […]
USF baseball end-of-season report card
USF baseball’s season came to an end after losing two games, 3-1 and 15-7, to No. 15 ECU in the American Baseball Championship semifinals on May 27. The Bulls (21-39, 7-17 AAC) finished with their lowest win total since 1998, excluding the 2020 season where games were suspended early due to COVID-19 Against Top 25 […]
USF announces first head coach of beach volleyball team
Athletic Director Michael Kelly has named Pri Piantadosi-Lima the first ever head coach for the Bulls’ beach volleyball team https://twitter.com/USFAthletics/status/1666082758136049664?s=20 The former beach volleyball star brings an impressive resume to USF, who announced in February that the program would be added along with lacrosse. Piantadosi-Lima is the founder of Optimum Beach, a club beach volleyball […]
Former USF football player Jon Lejiste dies at 32
Former Bulls football player Jon Lejiste has reportedly died, causing many in the USF community to express their condolences and share heartfelt memories. His body was identified on Tuesday night after it was found floating in the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach last week, according to The Palm Beach Post Lejiste was found near […]
South Florida to host season opener Road 2 Tampa Bay Volleyball Invitational
Earlier this year, Tampa was selected as the host city of the 2023 NCAA Volleyball national championship in December, but it was also picked present the season opener. South Florida volleyball will host three other schools at the Road 2 Tampa Bay Volleyball Invitational on Aug. 25-26 to kick off their 2023 season. Along with […]
Football releases kickoff times for several key games
Following February’s schedule release, South Florida football has announced kickoff times for several games, including a nationally broadcasted matchup against SEC powerhouse Alabama. To open the season, the Bulls will face off against Western Kentucky on Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on CBS Sports Network. The following week, USF will play Florida A&M on […]