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  1. TAMPA — First-year USF athletic director Michael Kelly sat in his office Thursday afternoon and pointed to a sign behind his desk Keep calm and play to your strengths. Kelly, 47, has done just that during a top-flight administrative career that has seen him organize Super Bowls and the College Football Playoff as its COO. He never got anywhere jumping the gun. He remains a measured man. But USF is a tough nut to crack, even for the can-do Kelly. He returns to is motto. "It's about playing to your strengths," he said. And Kelly said USF football coach Charlie Strong is one of those strengths."I just believe he's a good, good fit for us," Kelly said. "He's had a great career. Relates well to student-athletes. He recruits Florida well. As I came here, I was excited that he was here. I've only been here four months, but I think it's a great fit to build the program with. I think we're really fortunate to have him." There is noise, at least outside the system, after Strong's second season at USF went from 7-0 to its current five-game losing slide. It makes people wonder if Strong is long for here, by his own hand, as in leaving, or perhaps being asked to leave. People wonder If Kelly and USF wouldn't be better off by parting ways with Strong, despite his 17-7 record at USF. Strong's annual salary will more than double in 2019, to $2.5 million. Can USF really afford to pay someone that much money to go 7-5 and not win the conference? It's a reasonable question. It might seem to call for an audacious move from Kelly, to push on from Strong and look to make a fresh hire. "It would be if you didn't believe in the coach that you have, if you didn't think you had someone who had what it takes," Kelly said. "I think we do. I have confidence in my ability to find people, but I also like to build things with people who want to be here. … I think it's irrational to make a wholesale change. I get disappointed when we lose five in a row, but, no, it's all a matter of how you work forward." Plus, Kelly thinks Strong wants to stay at USF. "I could look at silly at any time, but I really believe he wants to be here," Kelly said. Kelly has a lot on his plate. He is working toward building a dedicated football facility at USF. Price tag: $40 million. Fundraising is up on his watch. The athletic program boasts more monied boosters — "Iron Bulls" — than it ever has. Attendance for football was at its highest since 2012. Beyond that football facility, far beyond, is an on-campus stadium, that distant dream. And there is the big enchilada. None of this — zero percent — matters if Kelly doesn't have USF in the right place when the music starts again on conference expansion. That's the whole ballgame right there. "We want to be a top 25 program," Kelly said. "We haven't done that. We want to win the American conference. We haven't done that. We haven't won any of the conferences we've been in. We want to do that. The closest we came was last year. "We've been looking at a lot of things. No, 7-5 isn't what we want. But Charlie Strong is also the only coach to play for a division title in our history, too. We have to build the football facility first. I would say that if Charlie went somewhere else, we'd still have to do it for any coach." So, Charlie will be back if he wants back. "As long as people are looking for ways to improve and wanting to be here, why wouldn't I build on it with someone who is a proven success, who has great contacts in the state of Florida?" Kelly said. "My goal coming in here was to build a perennial top-25 CFP program. I've been here four months, Charlie has been here 22." USF isn't helped by the juxtapose with that team down the road, seventh-ranked UCF. USF might needs to partner with UCF at one point in conference jumping. Kelly will be all in. He will have USF positioned. It's what he does. Kelly says he hears USF fans wanting more. "It's great. That's a hell of a lot better than apathy." Expect changes to Strong's staff and a general shift, but the new athletic director says moving on from Strong is the height of makes no sense. "I think it' so easy to jump ahead in a society where everything is so instantaneous, everyone's reaction, and judgment. But I still believe in Charlie. I think we're a good team. I think we have great potential. I think it's a good combo. You don't think a Strong-Kelly team can get better? He smiled and pointed to the sign on the wall. Calm comes easy to Michael Kelly. Martin F.
  2. McMuffin has us vs. K-State at Birmingham? Is that still a possibility?
  3. Maybe if CCS gets hired by UF but doesn't take Gilbert with him, we can make Gilbert the Head Coach, kinda like what the Bucs did with Koetter!
  4. The "most powerful man" in USF athletics was LRS. He could have saved CJL's job, but he didn't. So all of you who admire LRS (like myself) understand that it ultimately was LRS's decision.
  5. This article was posted tonight on ESPN.com: The seven Catholic schools that plan to leave the Big East to form their own basketball conference expect to double their money off a television deal, according to sources. Sources say that Fox, whose Fox Sports 1 channel is set to launch in August, has an initial high offer on the table of more than $500 million for a 12-year deal. Fox Sports 1 will replace the network's motorsports channel Speed, already in 81 million homes. Sources say officials with Fox are scheduled to meet with those representing the interest of the "Catholic 7" in New York City on Wednesday. A Fox spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. A high-ranking source at NBC Sports Network, which has so far engaged in preliminary discussions with the "Catholic 7," declined comment. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz also declined comment on the network's interest in the "Catholic 7" games. The presidents of the schools -- DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova -- met in New York on Friday to discuss the intricacies of the new conference and announced that they retained the legal services of Proskauer Rose and Pilson Communications for television negotiations. But the television deal is said to be far along. In fact, before the non-football schools left the Big East, sources say the presidents knew they'd be better off leaving. That's because Jordan Bazant, the main partner of New York-based The Legacy Agency, which represents Fox broadcasters including Troy Aikman, Chris Myers and Daryl "Moose" Johnston, already had helped bring Fox to the table. Representatives of St. John's and Georgetown took the lead in those early discussions. Under the current Big East deal, which expires at the end of this season, the non-football schools receive between $2 million and $3 million from the television contract. There was initial fear the defections of recent football members would leave the non-football schools in a worse position. It is believed the "Catholic 7" would divide its share of the television rights evenly and split the rest among what ideally will become the other three-to-five schools that it adds to form a 10- to 12-team conference. One source said it is likely the new schools wouldn't share the same amount as the "Catholic 7," which would allow the former Big East basketball schools to earn in the $5 million range. It's thought that free agent schools such as the ones in the Atlantic 10 would be fine with making less than half of that on an annual basis because they currently pull in $400,000 a year. However, under current conference bylaws, there's a required 27-month window in order not to owe exit fees. In a perfect situation, the "Catholic 7" would be able to leave the Big East at the end of this season and bring in new members, which would allow its television contract to begin next season. Perhaps the promise of new money would allow it to pay fees to get out earlier.
  6. After I left the basketball game today, I was listening to the post-game interview with Stan Heath. I could have sworn that Stan called Hugh Robertson, "Hugh Robinson", at least 2 times?
  7. Do you have Fox College Sports Central (FCSC), I think that is the specific one.
  8. In case anyone is looking for the game on TV, I found it on Fox College Sports , Brighthouse Channel 801 in Pinellas
  9. I can't believe you would deny him access? The guy is insightful and even funny at times. Unlike a large number of the people on here with 1000+ posts who think that the more posts they have, the more fan they are. Kinda wishing maybe mine had been denied too. Too many Leavitt Kool-Aid drinkers here. Modified by Bulliever to remove unprovoked attack on another member
  10. What about Camp 3 who think Erskin is a liar, Miller is a liar, Miller's Dad is a liar, Deumig is a liar, McMurphy is a liar, the deacon is a liar. But CJL is telling the truth, he never hit Miller and he never threw anything in the trash!
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