New initiatives look to increase student support

As a new season of football approaches, USF welcomes new players, coaches and a new athletic director, but they also haven’t forgotten the fundamental aspect of any successful athletics program—the fans. 

In hopes to better unite students with their football team, USF has implemented new initiatives to give students more chances to mingle and interact with the team representing them on the field.

One of these initiatives took place this past Thursday when members of the team could be seen on campus near Mu and Zeta halls participating in Bull Haul, and another initiative took place on Saturday, when both students and athletes came together in the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center to form a preseason huddle as Coach Willie Taggart and Athletic Director Mark Harlan revved up the crowd for another season of USF Football. 

Put together by Student Government, fans at “The Huddle” received USF towels to wave at home games. 

At The Huddle, Harlan announced that student Bulls Club members will receive discounted parking at Raymond James for USF football home games. Club members will receive $5 parking for the 2014 season compared to the regular price of $15.

The Bulls are also looking to start a new tradition called Marshall Mayhem, which will occur the Friday prior to each home game in the Marshall Student Center. The event will be a pep rally featuring the entire Bulls football team, Rocky the Bull, the USF Sun Dolls and cheerleaders hyping up students before the big games.

The first Mayhem event will take place this Friday in the concourse between the Marshall Center and USF Bookstore before the Bulls take on Western Carolina on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.