NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: The South Florida Bulls mascot performs against the Temple Owls during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
I kind of feel bad for Temple coach Fran Dunphy now. He watched his team get blitzed in the second half by Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, Victor Rudd, and the rest of the Bulls to the tune of 43 points, while his team only scored 44 in the entire game. Another quality season, including the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship, went for naught as his team lost its first NCAA Tournament game. He and his team have to go back to Philadelphia with fans starting to question the long-term future of the program, whether they have the right leadership and mentality to compete deep into March, and how they will do once they join Big East basketball in 2013-14.
Dunphy had a brief moment with Ron Anderson Jr., who chose USF over Temple when he transferred in 2009. And then Dunphy had to shake hands with Rocky, who sauntered up to the end of the handshake line. The final insult.
You're the best, Rocky. Just watch your back today. The Ohio Bobcat mascot has a bit of a reputation with other mascots.