Can't tell if this @usfmbb will commit to defense and culture of toughness and togetherness that characterized 2012 team. Talent not enough— Bill McGillis (@USFinsiderBillM) October 15, 2012
Just an unbelievable tweet for several reasons, not the least of which is your associate athletic director questioning your basketball team's toughness publicly. Also that their defense and toughness are the attributes that this team has always had, even when they weren't winning games. Stan Heath responded in kind, but I feel bad that he even had to do that.
Fortunately we will not have to worry about Ball State's most famous alum trying to influence Saturday's game. He's already lent his coaching talents elsewhere.
Go watch some Solid Verbal Live right now. Maybe they'll talk about Charlie Strong trying to give away the Louisville/UNC game. At the very least, you can see Ty Hildebrant hypervenilate on camera about the Notre Dame/Michigan State game tonight.
It's hard to believe if you haven't been around for awhile, but on this date in 1997, the Bulls played their first-ever football game against Kentucky Wesleyan at the old Tampa Stadium. Maybe you've heard the story about the buses -- one of them didn't know how to get to the entrance and let everyone (including Jim Leavitt) off a half-mile from the stadium. Maybe you've heard the story about the kicking tee -- they didn't have one and someone had to race to the Sports Authority on Hillsborough Avenue to buy one at the last minute. Maybe you've seen the tape of Rafael Williams scoring the first touchdown, or any of about 100 other highlights from that night. Whether you've been with the team since the beginning, or you're one game in, it's always good to think back on this game and how, in the grand scheme of things, it wasn't that long ago that USF was a total football newbie. Now they're holding their own with programs that have 100-year head starts on them, and finding their way into the top 25 most seasons. It's a remarkable success story, and it may never happen this way for anyone else.
"USF's marching band dedicated its halftime show to school president Judy Genshaft, spelling out 'Judy' — call it Script Judy? — and playing 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.'' Genshaft then appeared on the field, in a lime green suit, and danced to the music."