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 -- 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 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 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"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
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.
...as I've reported before - [Steve] Pederson and Pitt and for that matter, Oliver Luck and West Virginia, no longer have full faith that Big East commissioner John Marinatto is moving fast enough, is being agressive and proactive enough and is willing to make tough choices about certain schools in the conference that don't play football..." "I'll say this - one of the worst things this conference continually does is react to things as opposed to be proactive to avoid things. There is no way the conference powers should ever allow Pitt or West Virginia to have wandering eyes and that means they need to put together a real plan to strengthen the football conference now, as opposed to waiting to see what happens."From Paul Zeise's Pitt Redshirt Diaries blog on the PIttsburgh Post-Gazette's Web site. Sorry to interrupt everyone's day with expansion talk, but I really hope Doug Woolard is in the same boat as Pederson and Luck are (and Tim Pernetti, as On the Banks points out). USF's only marketable sport right now and into the foreseeable future is football. It needs to be protected at all costs, and not entrusted to some basketball-loving boob who sits back and reacts when everyone else is being proactive. Otherwise there won't be much left to protect and it'll be a lifetime of table scraps and big homecoming games against UAFB for us.
Here's the big problem. What do UCF, East Carolina, Memphis, and Southern Miss fans all have in common? Answer: They absolutely hate USF. (Especially UCF and Southern Miss, who didn't need a reason to hate us in the first place.) It's pure jealousy and irrational hatred, born from the day USF left Conference USA for the Big East. None of these new/old rivalries would be healthy or enjoyable in any way. We would be laughed at by all of them as the team who tried to fly away, only to get rejected and have to come slinking back with our tail between our legs. If USF has to rejoin them in some future league, it will be an absolute living hell. Remember how you felt after Voodoo 5? Now imagine that misery stretched out indefinitely. Yes, it's that bad. We haven't even gotten into the money ramifications yet. The TV contract would be peanuts compared to what USF has now. There would be fewer NCAA tournament shares to go around. The fan base would be totally defeated - season ticket sales would go down, and selling out football games would become nearly impossible. You could forget about an on-campus football stadium. Skip Holtz would probably (wisely) take the first BCS job he could get, and there wouldn't be nearly enough money to hire a proven replacement. Recruiting would go in the tank. Basically we would take the last 10 years of progress in USF athletics and unwind the whole damn thing, with not much hope of ever getting back to the point we're at right now. So yeah, there's nothing on the line here.I wrote all that about 18 months ago when we were staring at Big 10 expansion. This was part of the end game I predicted for USF if leagues stopped at 14 teams, and it was absolutely horrible in every way. Something to keep in mind when you start thinking that Texas A&M joining the SEC wouldn't be such a bad thing. Remember, they need a partner, and then the ACC needs a replacement, and then the Big 10 starts thinking about adding teams again, and... yeah.