The kickoff time for the September 8th game at Nevada has been set for 3:30pm. The Bulls were hoping for an earlier kickoff so they could get back to Tampa to start preparing for the Rutgers game the following week. That game, according to ESPN and the USF website, has been moved to Thursday night September 13th and has a 7:30pm kickoff. The 3:30pm kickoff is better than having a 7:30pm kickoff which is what was originally being discussed. But because of the time difference, kickoff more than likely wont be moved up any earlier. Local kickoff time right now is 12:30pm.
After the Thursday night match up the Bulls will have 8 days to prepare for their next game at Ball State, on Saturday September 22nd. No kickoff time has been announced for that game as of yet.
Rumors around Tampa say that USF is once again exploring the option of building an on campus football stadium. The Bulls currently share Raymond James Stadium with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and have for several years now. They have had several sell outs in the 65,000 plus seat stadium and it is one of the best in the NFL. Every year when NFL players are polled it finishes in the top 5 favorite stadiums to play in. Plus it is a great recruiting tool to bring a high school kid to such a nice facility. An on campus stadium would take away from that awe a high school player feels walking into an NFL stadium. Hardcore fans will go see the Bulls in action wherever they play but the experience would probably be better if things are kept as is. I don’t think they can afford to put together a stadium of the same quality as Ray Jay. The total cost of that was just over $168 million.
Unnamed sources are saying that USF may be thinking of leaving the Big East. No conferences have been mentioned but it makes sense. The Big East is so unstable right now that the Bulls would be foolish if they didn’t explore all possible options for their program’s future. They would definitely want to stay in a BCS conference because they have worked too hard to build the program up now to play in a lower conference.
ESPN has released it’s post spring power rankings and USF was ranked #2 behind Louisville. The big reason is the play of JaQuez Jenkins. The senior safety had a breakout spring after posting 13 tackles and 2 interceptions in 2011.
Phil Steele released his 2012 All-Big East preseason team and there were 5 USF players on the first team. Tackle Mark Popek, wide receiver Sterling Griffin, DE Ryne Giddins, LB DeDe Lattimore and placekicker Maikon Bonani were all named to the first team. Quarterback B.J. Daniels was named to the second team.
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