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  1. It's taken eight years... but it's been well worth the wait. Here's hoping in the 2039 MLB draft, Kellum Michael Lucas O'Hara will be one of the first high school players selected. I'm currently taking suggestions on position requests as we raise him (anything but catcher). He'll undoubtedly bat left handed as we'll use his speed to his advantage (one less step out of the box). He registered in at 1.54199 feet, weighing 4 lbs, 15 oz at week 35 and two days. He'll play two sports... so if the draft doesn't play out as expected, we'll have a dual threat QB that will hopefully write his own legacy at USF. His older sister (by one minute) - Adeline Grace Lucas O'Hara - will be entering West Point the same year Kellum gets drafted. She'll keep him in line both academically and athletically (and humble). On a different note, it's been many sleepless nights since Wednesday morning, however both of our little ones are out of the NICU and my wife is recovering slowly. This is my first evening back in front of a computer and I wanted to share the news with you all (my extended family). I'm glad to say I've brought two more Conservative voters into the mix - their voices will be needed (assuming the climate change hoax hasn't destroyed our planet in the next decade). God Bless America... and Go Bulls!
    15 points
  2. I'm writing this after just being discharged from the hospital due to a stroke that occurred Tuesday morning. It was a minor one, and I am very lucky. The main reason that I wanted to write this private matter is that I consider the Bulls nation a family and I don't want to see this happen to any of you, if possible. The cause of my stroke, after extensive tests (CTs, MRIs, poking and prodding), was high blood pressure. This is something I had been treated for but my monitoring of it with a home b.p. machine had become very lax. I'm not a smoker, ran 2 miles the evening before, and am in otherwise good health. So, don't get lulled into the feeling that you shouldn't check these things because you consider yourself healthy and invincible. If you smoke, stop. If you're diabetic, make sure you are on meds to control it. Watch what you eat...avoid processed foods and substitute chicken and fish for red meat, which you can have in moderation. If you have a family history of heart disease or hypertension, get a home B.P. monitor to check it or have your B.P. taken at one of those machines at the pharmacy. If it is high, see your physician. This can be easily controlled with inexpensive medication. Stay healthy, Bulls Nation. I want to see all of you in the new stadium!
    13 points
  3. Since it's our 25th Year, Silver Lining search is appropriate. Red-Zone Scores: 16 outta 20 (TD's are 12 outta 20). Running Game: Averaging nearly 150 YPG and have 11 TD's. Battie is a breakaway threat averaging over 6 YPC and leads ALL runners. Potential to be a great KO Returner. Mangham is a Power Back that we haven't had in a long time. 9 Rushing TD's in 5 games. Leads team in scoring. Weaver is a True Threat at WideOut and the Punt Return. Shrader is 6-6 on FG's(long of 49) and 100% on PAT. Deep KickOffs! McClain is doing well for a True FR after a tough opening 4 teams. Needs this BYE week to get better.
    12 points
  4. We have many threads who say he should be fired and people making fun of him personally, but he is growing as a coach and learning from mistakes. I think our future is going to be very good. I know, I know, we are still looking for him to win an FBS game but it that will be taken care of very soon.
    11 points
  5. Just got back from that emotionally draining **** show. Hardly anyone in the stands, but many of us lost our voices and are just devastated. This is what being a fan is all about, but you need to win one once in a while. Anyhow, thanks to the fans who never gave up. I’ll be back next week, but I’m not sure how much more of this I can tolerate.
    10 points
  6. Same here @ZeroBullChip. At some point USF has to deal with this in a respectful manner. It didn't at the time. Great job by Joey Johnston. It reminded me of a lot and was a little sad to read. #US2F has to be more than a hashtag or it too is just another useless hashtag. Time for this University and its Athletic Department to move forward, this is a good step. It's way overdue. There must be MORE. I'm not sure who to thank, but I'll start with Coach Scott.
    10 points
  7. We're gonna build a stadium and make UCF pay for it
    10 points
  8. Danielle and I are new, first-time Iron Bulls this year. Those who know me know it has long been a goal of mine, and I have slowly been stepping up donations every year when possible. We've worked HARD for everything we have, and finally my dream of joining the Iron Bulls became a reality. First, I highly recommend it. The folks you meet, the insider view, the benefits are all great. I've had the chance to chat with CJS, MK, the whole cast of coaches, and all the great staff at Athletics a bunch of times already. But I really appreciate knowing I'm putting my money where my heart is, and where my mouth is (when I'm doing a little trash talking at work). I know that roughly $700/month plus 4 donor seat football season tickets a year (donation is part of seat cost) isn't easy for most people, and may not be an annual top priority when dollars are limited. But y'all, we're all here because we want USF to succeed. I love knowing that I'm trying to be a part of that. No, of course you don't need to be an Iron Bull to support the school, but it's a huge help if you can, whenever you can, and an admirable goal to have. Loved seeing some Bullspenners at the Iron Bulls kickoff; not sure if they'd want to be named, but I hope they'll self-identify on this thread. John Lewis has been great finding ways to spread gifts out. Dani and I are blessed to have been able to make a donation to the IPF too, broken up in monthly payments over 5 years, which John found a way to customize perfectly for our situation. The total amount sounds kinda like a lot (at this point in life, anyway), but works out to a modest monthly draft on the credit card. I am not suggesting everyone drop everything else and become an Iron Bull and fail to pay the mortgage. But hey, maybe include it on your list of life goals. Maybe it's a 10 year goal, maybe a 5 year goal, maybe a 20 year goal. The place to start is to put it on there. When I heard the total number of Iron Bulls this year was a record high number, I was a little surprised the number wasn't higher. Of course we're a young school with a younger fan base than most other schools whose programs have been established for generations, and the economy hasn't been minting us all millionaires. But I bet there are more potential Iron Bulls out there if they just start to consider it for being on their list of life goals. We belong to an amazing university in USF; the fastest rising school in the country. Our current Athletics staff is the best overall I think it has ever been. USF has separated itself as a clear academic #2 in the state and has AAU membership in its sights. We're young, and we need all the help we can get. Not only is the worth of our diplomas growing over time, but we have a fantastic way to stay connected with USF via Athletics fanship and as donors. Dream big, Bulls! Let's all help keep Bulls Nation on the rise! Looking forward to hopefully seeing a future trickle of Bullspenners joining the Iron Bulls ranks over time 🤘
    10 points
  9. You know what is good for marketing ... winning
    8 points
  10. It technically doesn't have to be fully paid by private funds. Construction bonds (think "mortgage") can be financed by a number of sources. For example, the Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center is being paid for (in part) by the vending contract with Coca-Cola. Buy a coke at a vending machine on campus, and part of that goes to pay the debt for the Athletic Center. Those funds might be considered "public" per see, but it all really depends on which corporate entity has the contract on USF's side. "Direct Support Organizations" are technically not "public" but they are part of the "public" university. There are a number of public sources that can finance athletic facilities: CITF (Capital Improvement Trust Fund) is part of the fees paid by students. Every few years those funds get allocated through a process that requires student input and then approval up through the Board of Directors and eventually the State Legislature. These might also be considered "public" funds. CITF funds paid for (part of) the construction of the Sun Dome, paid for part of the new roof, and paid for the recreation center, etc. Florida State used some CITF funds for the Doak Campbell renovation. PECO (Public Education Capital Outlay) funds are true "public" funds. They are paid as part of fees on Florida's electric bills, and allocated by the Florida Legislature for construction of educational facilities from pre-K through colleges and universities. In the early 2000s the legislature borrowed against future PECO funds to do some major consturction projects. More recently, the USF College of Medicine downtown recieved some PECO funds. FSU actually used some PECO money for Doak Campbell because within the facade of the stadium are a number of classrooms and other facilities used for classroom instruction. E & G (Education & General) - The E&G funds are used for the operation of schools. This money CANNOT be used for construction, and this is what people REALLY mean when they say "public" money. It's also what @BullyPulpit may have meant when he suggested the university page "general funds" into the project. (Maybe not, just guessing). Bed Taxes - This is also what a lot of people think of when they talk about "public" money. In Florida, some counties have bed taxes (additional sales taxes on hotel stays) that fund tourism-related facilities: Raymond James Stadium, Tropicana Field, the Tampa Convention Center. Special Sales Taxes - Another option for building stadiums is allowing the stadium builder to keep $2 million of the sales taxes collected (mostly through concessions and tickets) every year for thirty years. Raymond James, Tropicana Field, Amelie Arena, all took advantage of this. Unfortunately, this does not apply to state universities (although I am sure UF, FSU, and UCF wouldn't mind changing it) -- in part because sales taxes on tickets to events are kept by the universities to fund women's sports. So what other sources of revenue could be used to pay the debt service Advertising - Selling the naming rights and other advertising within the stadium can be one source of revenue that can be committed to debt service. Ticket surcharges - The sale of athletic event tickets funds the operations of the athletic department, and the sales taxes for atheltic events would fund women's sports. But USF could add ticket surcharges (TSA does!) to cover part of the debt. Concessions - Profits from concessions and parking. With an OCS the concession management would be outsourced (Aramark has the contract for the main campus, not sure about athletic statdiums). So for every $10 hotdog, part covers the costs, part covers the labor, part is profit for the vendor (Aramark), and part would be profit for USF. Parking has a higher labor cost (parking attendants) and some parts of campus would be free, but the closer spots would be sold through season passes and that has a known, predictable revenue that could be used for debt service. Obviously the less USF has to borrow, the less it has to worry about paying on the debt. So the more they can fundraise ahead of time, the better... including big donations but also things like bricks or individual naming rights... **NOTE THE ABOVE LIST IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE, JUST MEANT TO PROVIDE SOME MORE OBVIOUS EXAMPLES
    8 points
  11. Tulsa is a BAD football team. USF football has them at home and has TWO weeks to prepare for the game. October 16th is truly going to reveal if this program is making any progress.
    7 points
  12. THANK YOU LORD. I have finally read a post that gives me a reason to keep coming to this message board. Someone with sense and analytical viewing that sees what I see. Offensively we are playing a True FR Quarterback, True FR Wide Receiver, a Tailback new to this system, a new starting guard in Dustyn Hall. This offense is on the edge of clicking and being a force. How do you complain about the play calls when there were wide receivers flying open EVERYWHERE against SMU. McClain wasn't his best last night. That's expected occasionally when the kid is a TRUE FRESHMAN in his THIRD EVER START. You cant complain about the recruiting when these young guys are coming in and taking jobs away from upper classmen. The plays are there. The play calling is just fine. Those saying they aren't playing gutsy must not remember all the 4th down attempts against BYU. I didn't like the punt at the SMU 35 but I'm also not a coach. Defensively there is a lack of size up front. Injuries in the backfield made a WALK ON to start at CB, and play well BTW. He was not the one being picked on all night (talking to you Matt Hill). Remember THREE starting DB's are out injured. Top DB backups are out with injury. The tackling has been less than acceptable. Got better for awhile in the last game so maybe that's changing some too. Also we just played 5 games....4 of those games were against teams now ranked in the top 25. #10 BYU (5-0) #20 Florida (3-2) (Losses to #1 Alabama and #16 Kentucky) #23 NC State (4-1) (Loss to Miss St. who is now "getting votes" Technically #30) #24 SMU (5-0) What did you all expect to happen based on the above. I dont like the losing either but I can see the changes. Also those ******** about the recruiting must not pay attention to recruiting that much., CJS has already said the class is going to be small due to available schollies. Like real small...maybe less than 10. Not his fault either. COVID gave everybody a free year.
    7 points
  13. So they may be working on something or they may not. And they are working on an announcement but there might not be one - at least not now because they wouldn’t say either way. And progress is being made on some things that we won’t talk about and the sun may or may not come out tomorrow. So basically right where we were before. And to think I thought this whole thing was going to be broken on a message board. It had made for some great wishful reading though.
    7 points
  14. I think the offense and Timmy made some huge steps this week.
    7 points
  15. Never surrender, go for it on 4th down when you are down by multiple scores as an underdog. It shows the defense and offense you believe in them to get it done. If you want to be a winner , some passion and desire to win.
    6 points
  16. Irritating comments from CJF. We have sucked since 2018. We have NEVER won a conference championship. We have had something like 4 full resets in the past 10 years all requiring "patience". Sometimes all you need to say is "I hear you"... or nothing at all.
    6 points
  17. BULL IN THE SPOTLIGHT: TIMMY MCCLAIN October 01, 2021 By Joey Johnston He throws darts, tight spirals that are catchable and almost always on target. He doesn't run, he glides. It seems almost effortless. He makes defenders look like they are in quicksand. Then he shifts into full-burst mode, especially if the first-down marker is within sight. USF true freshman quarterback Timmy McClain, approaching the fifth game of his college career, will start for the third consecutive week Saturday afternoon when the Bulls (1-3) travel to face the SMU Mustangs (4-0) in Dallas. It's tempting to take that small sample size and get carried away with hyperbole, assigning superhuman qualities to the kid who already has provided so much real-time hope — and so much excitement for the future. But when you talk to people who know him best — his parents, his little-league and high-school coaches, his longtime teammates — it becomes apparent that McClain's debut has been nothing new. "The Timmy you're seeing now is the same Timmy at age 10,'' said former NFL linebacker Anthony Fieldings, who coached McClain with the Apopka Raptors, a youth-league powerhouse. "USF folks need to buckle up and enjoy this ride. He does things that are uncommon.'' Exasperated BYU coach Kalani Sitake found that out last Saturday, when McClain engineered three long second-half touchdown drives, making the No. 15-ranked Cougars sweat, before the Bulls finally fell short, 35-27. But the point — and points — had been made. Even in the noisy din of LaVell Edwards Stadium, even when facing a fourth-and-goal while driving into the hyperactive student section and the BYU marching band, McClain was not bothered. Like always, he was there to do a job. "I can't believe he's a young freshman,'' Sitake said afterward. "He can... Rest of Story
    6 points
  18. Long overdue, whatever you thought of him, we will never duplicate his passion for the program and he is the father USF football. I hope we smoke his ass on Saturday but I will still always hold the guy in the highest regard.
    6 points
  19. I see a lot of talk on this Board about CJS and his coaching ability. I don't think we have seen enough yet to fairly conclude much, but I have seen enough and wanted to get a sense of what everyone else is seeing. Let me preface this by saying the deck was stacked against him. Clearly, CCS left this program and the locker room in shambles. The exodus during and following CCS's tenure is a testament to how bad things were. Then, throw in no Spring practice and having to deal with the limitation of Covid, and I think, in fairness, 2020 should be labeled as Year Zero for CJS and company. With that being said, how do you judge him and the job he has done to date. To me, good coaching at the collegiant level consists of having disciplined players that buy in to your vision for the program, utilizing the talent that you have as best you can, improving week-to-week, the ability to make adjustments, and recruiting. As to the first consideration, this season we are averaging a little over 4 penalties per game for 52 yards. Adding in the last 4 games of last year, we are averaging 5 penalties a game for 43 yards. Looking at the end of CCS's tenure here, we were averaging 9 penalties per game for 72 yards. The players appear to be more disciplined and also buying into the culture he is trying to build here. I don't know if anyone has been part of a workplace with a toxic culture, but it is really difficult to turn that around. What CJS has been able to do in that regard is impressive, IMO. As for the talent, well, we just don't have a ton of it. CJS looks to be making a concerted effort to get the ball into his best playmakers' hands, with McClain, Weaver, Battie, Mangham, and Horn getting a lot of looks. Our defense is bad, period. I don't think it is a scheme issue as much as it is a lack of talent, but we will see. Improvements: I don't think anyone can honestly argue that this team hasn't improved every week so far. Florida is much better than NC State, but we played them closer. The team was certainly playing better at the end of last season than it was at the beginning as well. That shows me the ability to improve week-to-week. Adjustments: I saw the coaching staff make adjustments in the play calling between the NC State game and the UF game to give Cade a chance to succeed. Then, when Timmy came in, they called plays that played to his strengths. Also, the willingness to go from Cade to Timmy so quickly shows me that he isn't going to be a prisoner of his own decisions/mistakes. CJS is willing to make a change if he gets something wrong. That is a good sign to me. Recruiting. This one is tough. He really didn't have a chance to recruit much for going into 2020 and then of course he was dealing with the Covid season difficulties and having a bad team with no cohesion as a result of the collapse under CCS. I'm concerned about this incoming class, but we also shouldn't be taking guys just to take them. I am encouraged that McClain and Horn are seeing the field already and making an impact. This is the one area where I think we need to see drastic improvement and quickly. However, realignment has just made things even more challenging for him. If I am grading CJS right now, and I understand that it is entirely too early to do so, I am giving him and his staff a B, relative to the circumstances and obstacles they have faced thus far. I understand to some that all that matters is wins and losses and Xs and Os, but I can appreciate a coach coming in here and actually trying to build something. He doesn't seem like he is here to cut corners, raise his profile, and leave town. I don't know if that would even be an option for him given what he inherited, but you really get the sense from him that he razed the charred ruins that CCS left behind and is building a brand new foundation at USF, and for that, he deserves some respect and patience from the fans.
    6 points
  20. I don’t know what more we have to do to show the Ivy League that we belong
    6 points
  21. UAB, UMASS and FAU, what a collection of complete dog ****, I would rather fold this **** show then take on these bums. This is like deciding to sleep with Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell. I realize we are not exactly Rob Lowe but I would rather go celibate and join a monastery then run that train.
    6 points
  22. No, that does not mean that. We are working with the Foundation on the fund for the stadium, operations buidling, etc. More information will coming.
    6 points
  23. For the love of God, just win Saturday. Find a way to get it done, please.
    5 points
  24. It's hard for me to ***** about something that those players were obviously kind of excited about but that ******* wall saddens the **** out of me ..... if we've really got some new blood, or whatever, that's going to get serious about an ocs, for the love of all the powers in the universe, make this nonsense go away as soon as humanly possible.
    5 points
  25. And to think I doubted people when they said CJS was building something, I think they should have been more specific because I felt they were implying a winning football team. If they had said it was landscaping I would have believed them.
    5 points
  26. I'm still a big Sharon Stone fan, but it doesn't mean I'm clamoring to see her in an interrogation room in 2021.
    5 points
  27. At what point do you think it’s okay to have the expectation of winning a single game? CJS didn’t inherit a zero win team he inherited a poorly coached 4 win team and managed to take them down to 1 FCS win. He has now continued his losing ways and at some point it has to be okay to think he should be reasonably expected to win something. Thinking going winless for years is a reasonable thing is the unreasonable position.
    5 points
  28. Make sure you watch this until the end for the funny surprise 😀
    5 points
  29. So if you take this plus the absolute lack of quit on the team, is it safe to say that Jeff Scott is already building a winning CULTURE?
    5 points
  30. Just thought I'd post a list of greatest hits by this artist that may bode well for CJS's future .....
    5 points
  31. Sorry dude I am not drinking your sad elixir. This team is close, really close in turning the corner, we will be wining some games this year and plenty of games next year.
    5 points
  32. the bulls are improving every game
    5 points
  33. All 3 wins were less than 10 points The teams they beat are a combined 3 and 6...2 wins are FCS teams and one is and 0-3 UNLV team. I think we play them closer than many expect.
    5 points
  34. Can we make this a weekly thread?
    5 points
  35. I like that our fans stood up against cancel culture by refusing to sit in the 6k seats that surround it
    4 points
  36. If we're coming clean, I'll admit that I support the rivalry, too. I don't like UCF, which works out nicely. We're 100 miles away from each other. We're both state public schools. If they're not our rival, I don't know who would be.
    4 points
  37. I'm not so concerned about hearing anything this week. I hope some real thought is put into the next move. By the time we have a stadium, there will have been so many changes/opportunities. The real P4 will make moves too. I don't think it's necessarily a good thought to think we're Big 12 candidates only and dress only for that ****show. Think big, please.
    4 points
  38. No. Grass is green. Our color is green. All the work is done for us.
    4 points
  39. We are sooooo young but if you watch how we respond and don't quit, I see a bright future.... Remember UCF was 0-12.... We have lost to a team that beat Clemson, Florida, and probably BYU's best team in years.... I'm not expecting a win... I'm watching coaching and if the team quits.... I like what I see
    4 points
  40. Nah, I'm not starry eyed. I still have concerns about him, the biggest one being whether he and his assistants will get better at the X's and O's. One if the things that helped Leavitt to win was he put in huge amounts of time into watching film and devising game plans against what he analyzed in opposing teams (most of the time). He occasionally did get bested by the other side, not just the athletes on the field. Playcalling can be a very complicated chess match. I don't love what I've seen so far of that, but I also realize we don't yet have the best players we can get on the field and we aren't yet getting the best of what we can out of them. I'm not sophisticated enough in my understanding of the game to know whether the playcalling has failed the players on the field, or it's the other way around. I also realize most of the staff is young and learning and gaining experience. Keep in mind it is CJS' first head coaching job - there will be growing pains. Leavitt had years against lesser competition to work out all those kinks a new head coach has to learn. So no, not starry eyed. Just explaining that the right building blocks are there for something great. It remains to be seen whether that potential is ultimately realized, but it is far too soon to EXPECT that it should be by now.
    4 points
  41. I hope “I” don’t get too drowsy in the 4th 😂😂
    4 points
  42. I'll have to lose weight for it. Last time I put one on I couldn't find it for two weeks! 😆
    4 points
  43. Bumping a 13 year old thread just to crap on the team is total ******** ....
    4 points
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