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Where do the Bulls stand?

Even USF coach Skip Holtz acknowledges his eight-month coaching tenure has been, in a way, buildup to Saturday, when the Bulls travel to Gainesville to face Florida, ranked No. 6 in the coaches’ poll, and get another chance to establish themselves among the state’s traditional powers. “I understand why everybody […]

Offensive line gets boost with return of Popek

An already experiencd offensive line will add some more experience to the field Saturday. Sophomore offensive tackle Mark Popek, who’s been recovering from a sprained MCL in his right knee suffered in the early stages of fall camp, is fully recovered and expected to play against Florida, USF coach Skip […]

Matchup: Experienced lines collide

USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch can find comfort in his experienced offensive line – one that could be ideal for going into a hostile environment and neutralizing a talented defensive front. “I think it’s a very cohesive unit,” Fitch said. “It has a lot of game savvy. Fortunately, these guys […]

Holtzs friendship with Floridas Meyer strong

When Skip Holtz left his post as Colorado State receivers coach in 1989 for Notre Dame, he met his replacement, Urban Meyer. The two could relate. “We just kind of hit it off,” Holtz said, “talking receiver plays, how you catch a ball, stance, getting off a release – all […]

Giddins returns to practice, should be ready Saturday

It was a painful blister that kept redshirt freshman defensive end Ryne Giddins out of Saturday’s opener against Stony Brook, but Giddins practiced Sunday and should play this weekend against Florida, said coach Skip Holtz. Giddins, who is listed as a second-teamer on the depth chart, could have “probably” played […]

Easy win shapes USFs preparations for UF

USF’s opening day blowout win against Stony Brook on Saturday night provided a strong, emotional start to the Skip Holtz era. However, that game – played in front of an announced crowd of 40.201 fans at Raymond James Stadium – is a distant memory in the Bulls’ minds as they […]

Bulls must give everything to beat Wake Forest

The South Florida men’s soccer team is about to face the biggest challenge in its history, defending national champions and No. 1-seeded Wake Forest, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. If the Bulls win, they will go to the Final Four for the first […]

‘A dream come true’

He waited patiently for the moment. For four years, South Florida defender Yohance Marshall and his senior brethren on the men’s soccer team dreamed of being crowned Big East champions. “As a freshman, I got a taste of what it was like to be in a final,” Marshall said, referring […]

A quiet approach

If actions speak louder than words, Jazmine Sepulveda makes a lot of noise. The words that collect in her mind don’t always make it off the tip of her tongue, so she lets her actions on the basketball court do most of her talking. “I’ve always been shy,” Sepulveda said. […]

Going back home

In professional sports, multi-million-dollar athletes play in front of tens of thousands of people on a weekly basis. Some athletes, such as South Florida senior Jesus Verdejo, just want to play in front of a few select people — their families. When the Bulls travel to Puerto Rico for the […]