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  1. Steve, have you heard from Coach Chip Connor lately? How about Phil Shelp? Only kidding of course.
  2. According to a story going around USF around 1970: Anheiser-Busch was willing to build USF an on campus football stadium when USF was born, rent free if the university advertised Anheiser-Busch products in the stadium. However, the first president of our university, John Allen, was against big-time athletics and said "NO" to Anheiser-Busch. So, we could have had a Brahman football team way back in 1960!
  3. I'm sure very few of you ever heard of coach Bill Gibson. The first USF men's basketbull coach was Don Williams who started the program in 1970. Coach Williams announced his retirement shortly before the end of the 1973-1974 season. We played Florida State at Curtis Hixon Convention Hall (our home court) about three days after Coach Williams announced he would be soon retiring. I sat on the bench ( I was the student manager) as we upset the Seminoles before a ruckus crowd. What a great game as the team dedicated the win to Coach Williams. Bill Gibson was named coach a few weeks later. He was the coach at the University of Virginia and had been named the ACC Coach of the Year a year or two before he chose to leave UVA and become the Golden Brahmans coach. Steve Mazza is absolutely right. Coach Gibson guided USF to a 15-10 record. We were not yet in a conference. We came close to beating Coach Dean Smith's North Carolina Tar Heels on the road. In July of 1975 Coach Gibson died of a massive heart attack. The future of Brahman Basketball looked very bright prior to Coach Gibson's death. His top assistant, Chip Connor, became our coach. Coach Connor was fired during the 1976-1977 season while leading the team to a dismal record. Steve is again correct, if Coach Gibson had not died the Golden Brahmans would have been good for many years.
  4. Great stuff, Steve Mazza! Thanks for those photos of Penny Greene from 1975-1976. Neat seeing (well, a partial view) of Coach Chip Connor congratulating Penny Greene. A great trip down memory lane. Also cool seeing our home court of Curtis Hixon Hall.
  5. Go to fausports.com. Click on football and you will see Willie talk about the nine recruits they signed today. Instead of saying "do something" and "get on the bus", he talks about playing in paradise. I will certainly follow FAU football in 2020 by going to fausports.com fairly often.
  6. I still find it hard to believe that FAU and UCF have on-campus stadiums and we don't! FAU is also building a football training facility right next to their football stadium.
  7. The FAU on-campus stadium is very nice. It seats about 32,000. I went to three games two years ago when] I was a math tutor for FAU football players. The team was lucky to draw 15,000 for a home game. I expect more than half of the crowd at the USF-FAU game on September 26 to be wearing green and gold!
  8. The first year of the USF men's basketball team, !970-1971, Tommie Davis, one of our guards, shot a jump shot to attempt his free throws like Hal Greer. Tommie was a very good free throw shooter. I know this first hand because I was a student manager for that first Golden Brahman basketbull team.
  9. I don't think Miami wants a coach whose team has lost six consecutive games. They maybe would choose Manny Diaz but, of course, he is now the coach at Temple.
  10. A sports writer in this morning's South Florida Sun-Sentinel predicts USF-Marshall in the Boca Raton Bowl December 18.
  11. Are we soon going to be known as a basketball school rather than a football school? Maybe.
  12. For anyone on the message board who were early 1970's fans of Brahman Basketbull, I have to say these guys: Doug Aplin, Penny Greene, Phil Shelp, Fred Gibbs, Tommy Davis ( he shot his free throws as a jump shot). the late John Kiser, Bill Lear, Arthur Jones, Bob Frohman, Ike Robinson, and Leaky Smith. My favorite coach was Coach Bill Gibson. He only coached The Golden Brahmans for one season, 1973-1974 before his untimely death from a heart attack in July of 1974. He was the second USF basketbull coach. He was hired away from the University of Virginia after our first coach, Don Williams, retired. Coach Gibson was named the ACC basketball coach of the year a year or two before arriving in Tampa. He took over the basketball program before we were in a conference and before the Sun Dome existed. We played our home games in the Curtis Hixon Convention Center and the old Tampa armory when pro wrestling was not taking place.
  13. I don't like FSU but I hate UF because their fans think their **** don't stink.. Screw them both!
  14. As I wrote on the message board last week, I am a math tutor for FAU football players. Kiffin has completely turned around the football program and many students now wear FAU apparell. There is much excitement around the FAU campus about the Lane Train. Kiffin runs a very fast-paced no huddle offense. They have a very young team who will again win the C-USA east division title next year. If Charlie Strong leaves, I would very much want Kiffin to be our coach. However, I agree, he will only leave Owl Nation ( I know that is funny) for a power five conference not our beloved Bulls.
  15. It is so embarassing and sad seeing thousands of empty seats on national television. Cannot blame Charlie Strong if he chooses to accept another coaching job at a real football school. I sure do not like writing this.
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