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Hi Guest,

Just a note to point out our TBP-initiated drive to raise funds for the Bulls Football IPF - doing our share, and more.  Please consider donating at least $23 to the effort, and passing on to others as well.  You can read more about the project at the link above.

Go Bulls!

Thank you,

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Brad Brad

Hi Guest,

In our efforts to raise funds for USF Football, the site is giving away a football season full of ad-free surfing at The Bulls Pen.

Would you consider buying a ticket or two to the raffle that will award this to you or a fellow member of the board?

Each ticket purchase goes directly to our effort to raise $10K in "fan money" for the program.  Below is the link:

The Bulls Pen Ad-free Raffle in support of USF Football

Thank you,

Brad Brad

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  1. After A Whirlwind Year, Blake Barnett Is Prepared To Take Charge At South Florida Blake Barnett totaled more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2018 despite missing two games and playing injured in others. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) ICON SPORTSWIRE VIA GETTY IMAGES To say 2018 came and went at a dizzying pace would understate the reality for Blake Barnett. Barnett and his wife, Maddie, welcomed son Brooks into the world in March. In May, the California native crossed the country to enroll at the University of South Florida as a graduate transfer. Three months later he was among a trio of quarterbacks battling to become the Bulls’ starter, a competition from which he emerged on top with about a week to go in preseason camp. Heading into the 2019 season Barnett is not only the unquestioned starting quarterback, but there is no comparing his level of comfort from a year ago. “I am more comfortable in my surroundings as far as with my team because I know I am better, I know how they play on the field, I know how they react when they are upset,” he said. “But I am not comfortable in terms of feeling lackadaisical, by any means. This is the first camp I have gone into where I am the starter, so I have tried to stay persistent in competing every rep, making sure that I do the best that I can to help this offense.” The 23-year-old native of Corona, Calif. is doing his best off the field as well. He and Maddie, who rode the waves off the Jersey Shore to a competitive surfing career, are raising their son in a community they have embraced and within which they feel right at home. “Absolutely great,” Barnett said when asked about how he and his family have adjusted to the Sunshine State. “The Tampa community has been very welcoming. We feel very welcome here and Tampa is home.” A welcome sight to coach Charlie Strong is a bigger quarterback who is demonstrating his leadership skills after merely trying to find his way a year ago. “When Blake came into the program last year he was just trying to feel out everything and just see where he actually fit,” said Strong, entering his third season at USF. “This year you can see his leadership and how he has taken on the team and how he is looking for the team to build. He has gotten bigger and stronger and he has developed into the team leader.” Full Article
  2. A C-minus? They weren't lying when they said it was much improved.
  3. Ugh...was he with all of the other coaches? The only two signatures I didn't get yesterday were CCS and KB; when it was our turn to get our picture with CCS, the lady said that he'd no longer be signing autographs in order to move the line along. I didn't see KB at all...
  4. One of my favorite things about this bizarre fight is that it took place a the Sun Dome.
  5. Make that five. I think I'm worth about a hundred dollars.
  6. Screw Casual Dan. Hate that guy. Always wearing jeans and birkenstocks to everything.
  7. 10:53 A.M.: Miami schedules 2 for 1 with USF; more news to follow. 11:53 A.M.: Breaking: Miami cancels 3-game series with USF; Miami announces 3-game home series with FAMU. Will pay $1.5 million penalty.
  8. The same can be said about any coach, or anything for that matter. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Taggart was trending up at the end of his tenure here, Strong is trending down. A Spring scrimmage and coach speak doesn't change that. Sure, Flowers was a big part of Willie's success, just like Strong likely has Teddy Bridgewater to thank for his HC career. My only point was that the poster said his fear was going back to the days of explosive offense and no defense. Last year we had neither of those things. At least I had a lot more fun to watch than dropping six straight, including four blow-outs, and a home-loss in the Toilet Bowl to Marshall.
  9. Me, too. I'd sure hate to go back to 8 - 10 win seasons.
  10. I don't know what their diets look like, but I'm pretty sure I know what the aftermath looks like...
  11. Yep, a right proper blessing it was indeed.
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