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Many people in the USF community are excited about the run our basketball team has made over the...

Many people in the USF community are excited about the run our basketball team has made over the course of the season. Here we sit on the eve of Selection Sunday and the South Florida Bulls may be competing in the ultimate postseason tournament. One of the ultimate pipe dreams becoming a reality. For fans it is exciting and stressful but for those of us who lived this, it is intensely personal. Before I continue let me share a little bit about myself, from 2005-2008 I served as the team manager for the Men’s basketball team. I scrubbed floors, ran the clock and did whatever the coaches and players asked me to do. I also was a first-hand witness to a program that was woefully unprepared for the rigors of big time basketball. It wasn’t that people didn’t care or we had a bunch of rotten apples in our group. In fact, it was the opposite. All of us worked tirelessly day and night to try and make our program into something worthwhile. However, we were hamstrung by the environment that surrounded us and couldn’t recruit the players necessary (with few exceptions of course) to compete at the highest levels of the game. Through personnel and coaching changes it always seemed like we would chase our tail. This is why from the construction of the Muma Center to the renovation of the Sun Dome and to this incredible season our team has had it is the most rewarding experience in sports I’ve ever had. I along with countless others suffered for three years working in the basement of a deteriorating arena while we had to fight through junior cheerleaders in order to get to a gym that would allow us to start practice on time and now that same school could be competing in the NCAA tournament. I won’t get into the technical X &O’s, RPI’s and bubbles, I’ll leave that to the alleged experts. All that I know is this, at around 6:30 on Sunday evening I’m going to be in tears for one reason or another because the program that I have literally bled for will either attain an unthinkable reality or be snubbed by academic elites. The pain is almost unbearable, I’ve been moody and impatient with anyone who is ignorant about the game and I’ve hardly slept the last two days. However, in a short while the band aid gets ripped off for all of us and for me it cannot come soon enough.

Wow: #ESPN's Lunardi now picks #USF (12) vs. #Florida (5) in Nashville for first-rounder....

Wow: #ESPN's Lunardi now picks #USF (12) vs. #Florida (5) in Nashville for first-rounder. es.pn/cmrYQh

From Joey Johnston's Twitter feed. Now this would be the best thing ever.

Just committed to the University of South Florida ! I'm officially a bull . #gobulls

Just committed to the University of South Florida ! I'm officially a bull . #gobulls

Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park High School announces his verbal commitment to USF on Twitter. We needed a QB recruit in this class, and Woulard could be it. He also likes the academics.

Side note from game: Sat under basket. In 1st half Theodore put his finger to his lips to silence...

Side note from game: Sat under basket. In 1st half Theodore put his finger to his lips to silence the USF students after he made 2 FT's... You can imagine the student response when he walked off the court after the game.

A pair of tweets from Collin, who was at the Forum tonight. Here, he helps us all understand how pride can goeth before a fall.

USF guard Jawanza Poland, sidelined in Bulls' 1st 7 games with back problems, was not cleared today...

USF guard Jawanza Poland, sidelined in Bulls' 1st 7 games with back problems, was not cleared today -- will get checked again in two weeks.

From Greg Auman's Twitter account today. Earliest game JAWANZA! can play now is the Southern Miss contest on December 22nd.

Listen to all the ex-coaches. You've got (Tommy) Tuberville's staff of 10 guys and 10 guys don't...

Listen to all the ex-coaches. You've got (Tommy) Tuberville's staff of 10 guys and 10 guys don't like him. You've got (David) Cutcliffe's staff of 10 guys that don't like him. You're got (Ed) Orgeron's staff of 10 guys that don't like him. You've got (Houston) Nutt's staff, and I'm hearing there are a lot of problems with those 10 guys. So roughly you've got 44 coaches out there throughout the country who really have a problem with Pete Boone. If we fire Nutt and let's say we call Kirby Smart, Kirby Smart is going to call one of these 44 coaches and these coaches are going to tell him, "Do not come to Ole Miss." So if Houston Nutt is gone, can Pete Boone go out and make the right hire? I don't know.

Thought I'd share this story from former Ole Miss quarterback Romano Miller that was posted on Ole Miss's Rivals site, RebelGrove.com. I don't know if USF's situation is as bad as theirs was before they decided to get rid of both Houston Nutt and athletic director Pete Boone a couple of weeks ago. Still, with how many teams might be looking for new coaches this offseason (and the carousel is already spinning today), it's something to think about if Skip Holtz goes to UNC this week and Doug Woolard is allowed to hire a replacement coach.

Talked w/ heavy hitter in coach representation. Says Gus Malzahn is favoring Ole Miss, & UNC is...

Talked w/ heavy hitter in coach representation. Says Gus Malzahn is favoring Ole Miss, & UNC is locking onto Skip Holtz.

Twitter / @CharlesRobinson: Talked w/ heavy hitter in ... Its not even December and there are already rumors with Skip and other jobs. This offseason is going to be fun!

"If he looks like every other quarterback we've seen, he'll look like an All-American"

"If he looks like every other quarterback we've seen, he'll look like an All-American"

Skip Holtz commenting on Rutgers QB Gary Nova against the USF defense coming up this weekend. via weekly Big East coaches teleconference. You're Holtzism of the week - 10/31/2011

"We're not going to rush ourselves. The sooner the better." - John Marinatto on...

"We're not going to rush ourselves. The sooner the better." - John Marinatto on expansion. Seriously. He said that.

UConn beat them, 16-10, despite making only three trips inside the USF 40. South Florida made seven...

UConn beat them, 16-10, despite making only three trips inside the USF 40. South Florida made seven trips of their own and managed only 10 points thanks to two missed field goals, two turnovers and a turnover on downs.

Bill Connolly at the Mothership has a great breakdown of the USF-UConn game from Saturday. Click the link for the rest of his assessment of the game.
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