In a recent discussion about local coverage of the USF Bulls football program (What’s with Knight and the McNeese State references?) I mentioned some of the involvement of former beat writers Brett McMurphy, Greg Auman and Jeff Odom having interaction with TheBullsPen.com. In fact, I recalled how the relationship benefited both parties as TBP promoted McMurphy and Auman in the days of USF's rise to national awareness. Both McMurphy and Auman frequented the board and from it gathered story ideas. All did chats or Q&A. In looking back at past interactions, it reminded me of some of the articles written that mentioned SouthFloridaBulls.com/TBP. Starting with this blog entry, I'll post those that are available. Good reading, not just for a TBP reference but to get a better feeling for those days.
This first article is pretty eye-opening. In fact I remember the time period well. No official site. I remember talking to the SID at an earlier time about the importance of an online presence. Back in the early days, communication was typically by fax. But the web had been around for a handful of years and teams were doing different things. Ultimately, USF lost its official website.
Note: The blog entry cover photo is of the early days of http:/usf.edu/athletics. Note the story displayed from June 13, 2001.