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  1. Welcome to the 2020-21 TheBullsPen.com  Basketball Prediction Contest The race for the mildly prestigious Bulliever's Cup is on! Game 27 (18th actually played)  South Florida Bulls (8-9, 4-7) vs. Houston Cougars  vs. Sunday, February 28 4:00 PM EST Houston, TX TV: ESPNU Radio: USF Bulls Unlimited 27th scheduled game (9 COVID impacted, 1 Replaced/ 1 cancelled/ 8 postponed) - 1 weather issue The Contest: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to select winners and leading contributors in each Bulls hoops game this season. Prizes await, as does the respect and admiration of Bulls fans around the globe. The contest is a season-long chase so don't miss a game. Next...the rules: 1) You must be a registered member of this message board. 2) You must completely answer the contest questions. 3) There can be no modifications to your post after scheduled game start time 4) Your prediction must be part of this original thread 5) Post must be submitted prior to game's published start time. 6) Ties will be decided by Bulliever starting with accuracy on first - last prediction. 7) (NEW/Tentative) PLEASE if you change your prediction- make a new post stating as much otherwise we will have to use whichever prediction information provides you the least total points. PLEASE READ ABOVE CAREFULLY - If a rule is broken, your entry will not count. You may appeal any ruling, if you choose, but only Bulliever or his designee will hear appeal. For additional contest rules, please read the small print below. And now, the contest: For the Bulls game vs. Houston on Sunday, February 28 (4:00 PM EST, TV: ESPNU), please select the following: 1) The winner 2) The margin of victory by your predicted winner 3) Bulls leading scorer and point total 4) Bulls leading rebounder and rebound total 5) Team Free Throw percentage (i.e. 72.9%) Please try to keep in the above format so that it will be easier to manage. Sample response would be:  1) South Florida 2) 22 3) Collins - 21 4) Yetna - 11 5) 80% The contest winner will be chosen based on a points system as follows: 1) Correct on winning team - 10 points 2) Correct on Margin of victory - 15 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted margin - 0 points awarded if actual winner not predicted.)  3a) Correct Leading Scorer - 5 points 3b) Leading Scorer's correct point total -10 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted total - 0 points awarded if correct leading scorer not predicted.) 4a) Correct Leading Rebounder - 5 points 4b) Leading Rebounder's correct rebound total - 10 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted total - 0 points awarded if correct leading rebounder not predicted.) 5) Free throw percentage - within 3 percentage points of actual - 10 points; 5 percentage points of actual - 5 points; 10 percentage points -1 point  Games will be decided and winners announced. There will be a Grand Prize for those with the overall greatest point, "smaller" prizes for each game winner and prizes for other category wins: tracking of game averages, wins and total points scored for the season! The key is to be mindful of the game schedule and enter each game!   This game winner receives: TBD Good Luck! Previous Winners: Game 1 vs Florida College 94-84 W - NJBull Game 2 URI 84-68 L - smazza Game 3 Va Tech 76-58 L - Peaterpan Game 4 vs FGCU 76-57 W - Fold FB invest in BB Game 5 vs FAMU - CANCELLED - COVID19 Game 6 vs Stetson - 73-62 W - Friscobull Game 7 LSU - CANCELLED- Replaced by Wofford Game 7 Wofford - 58-56 W - Friscobull Game 8 at Cincinnati - 74-71 W - Fold FB invest in BB Game 9 vs Wichita State - 82-77 OT L - Peaterpan Game 10 at Memphis - 58-57 L - bcgruber Game 11 vs UCF - 68-61 W flsportsfan83 Game 12 vs Tulsa - 61-51 L JJZbulls Game 13 at ECU - 69-63 W BrassBulls12 Game 14 vs Houston - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 15 vs ECU - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 16 at Wichita State - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 17 vs Temple - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 18 vs Cincinnati -POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 19 at Tulsa - (2/3) -POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 20 at SMU - (2/6) -POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 21 vs Houston - 82-65 L flsportsfan83 (2/10) Game 22 vs Tulane - 62-59 L - Peaterpan (2/14) Game 23 at UCF - 81-65 L - Rich Mahoney (2/17) Game 24 at SMU - (2/20) POSTPONED- WEATHER ISSUES Game 25 at Temple - 83-76 W - MikeG (2/21) Game 26 vs Temple - 65-47 L - bcgruber (2/24) Game 27 at Houston - (2/28) Have Fun and follow the Bulls throughout the 2020-21 season! (Mildly prestigious Bulliever's Cup) Stats Updates: our current season leader is still @flsportsfan83
  2. Bulls Close February Sunday at No. 10 Houston February 27, 2021 Story Links Game Notes (PDF) Matchup: USF (8-9, 4-7) vs. Houston (19-3, 12-3) Date: Sunday, Feb. 28 Time: 4 p.m. Location: Houston, Texas | Fertitta Center TV: ESPNU (Matt Schick, Robbie Hummel) Radio: Bulls Unlimited (Jim Lighthall, Joey Johnston) Follow: Listen | Watch | Live Stats | Twitter TAMPA, FLA., FEB. 27, 2021 – The USF men's basketball team puts the finishing touches on the month of February Sunday at 4 p.m. when the Bulls travel to Houston, Texas, to face the 10th-ranked Cougars at the Fertitta Center. USF enters the weekend coming off a 65-47 setback on Temple on Wednesday at the Yuengling Center. Senior Justin Brown (Atlanta, Ga.) scored a team-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds and a career-high three steals. David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) added 13 points and moved into seventh place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,481 career points. Collins leads USF and ranks 14th in The American with 12.6 points per game. USF AND HOUSTON USF and Houston will meet on the hardwood for the 34th time in school history when the two teams battle on Sunday. The Cougars own an 21-12 lead and have won eight straight in the all-time series that dates back to the 1976-77 season. USF has not defeated the Cougars since winning 71-62 on Jan. 23, 2016 in Houston. In the most recent match-up, Houston won 82-65 in Feb. 10 in Tampa behind 29 points and four rebounds from Quentin Grimes. USF senior David Collins led the Bulls with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. PULLING RANK USF enters play Sunday against No. 10 Houston in search of its first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 in the last nine seasons. USF has not defeated an AP ranked team since the Bulls took down No. 19 Louisville 58-51 on Feb. 29, 2012 at the KFC Yum! Center. In addition, USF has not defeated a top 10 ranked team since winning 72-64 at No. 7 Georgetown in 2010. Overall, USF has lost 31 straight games against ranked opponents following its 82-65 setback to then-No. 7 Houston earlier this season. TWO OF THE TOP THREE Sunday's game between Houston and USF will feature two of the top three rebounding teams in the American Athletic Conference. In fact, Houston enters play with the top rebounding margin in the league, as the Cougars average 9.4 more rebounds per game than their opponents. USF stands third in the conference in rebounding margin, averaging 5.3 more rebounds per game than its opponents. PERFECTING HIS CRAFT USF junior center Michael Durr made both of his free throw attempts on Wednesday against Temple and is now shooting 77.1 percent from the charity stripe. Durr has consistently improved his free throw percentage each year and his turned himself into one of the Bulls' most reliable free throw shooters. Durr shot 53.6 percent from the stripe as a freshman, 63.3 percent as a junior and now ranks third on the team as a junior with his current percentage of 77.1 percent. JUSTIN BROWN FROM DOWN TOWN USF senior guard Justin Brown his four of his eight three-pointers on Wednesday against Temple and enters play Sunday against Houston on fire from beyond the arc. In fact, Brown is shooting 46.2 percent (6-for-13) from down town over his last three games. Overall, Brown shoots 38.4 percent from three-point range and ranks ninth in The American. CLIMBING THE CHARTS USF senior guard Justin Brown played in his 118th career game for the Bulls on Wednesday against Temple. Brown enters play Sunday against Houston ranked sixth all-time at USF in games played and will move into a tie for fourth place should he appear in the game. Should Brown play in every game remaining in the regular season and at least one conference tournament game, he will finish his career with 122 career games played and will rank third all-time at USF. Fellow senior David Collins has played in 111 career games and needs three more to move into the top 10. ONE MORE TO GO USF picked up its third league road win of the year last Sunday when the Bulls turned in an 83-76 victory at Temple. The Bulls enter play Sunday at Houston needing one more road win to register the most road wins in conference play since joining The American prior to the 2013-14 season. The Bulls have now won three AAC road games in four different seasons.
  3. @MikeG the next game is Tuesday...
  4. Welcome to the 2020-21 TheBullsPen.com  Basketball Prediction Contest The race for the mildly prestigious Bulliever's Cup is on! Game 21 (13th actually played?)  South Florida Bulls (7-5, 3-3) vs. Houston Cougars  vs. Wednesday, February 10 7:00 PM EST Yuengling Center Tampa, FL TV: ESPNU Radio: USF Bulls Unlimited 21st scheduled game (9 COVID impacted, 1 Replaced/ 1 cancelled/ 7 postponed) The Contest: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to select winners and leading contributors in each Bulls hoops game this season. Prizes await, as does the respect and admiration of Bulls fans around the globe. The contest is a season-long chase so don't miss a game. Next...the rules: 1) You must be a registered member of this message board. 2) You must completely answer the contest questions. 3) There can be no modifications to your post after scheduled game start time 4) Your prediction must be part of this original thread 5) Post must be submitted prior to game's published start time. 6) Ties will be decided by Bulliever starting with accuracy on first - last prediction. 7) (NEW/Tentative) PLEASE if you change your prediction- make a new post stating as much otherwise we will have to use whichever prediction information provides you the least total points. PLEASE READ ABOVE CAREFULLY - If a rule is broken, your entry will not count. You may appeal any ruling, if you choose, but only Bulliever or his designee will hear appeal. For additional contest rules, please read the small print below. And now, the contest: For the Bulls game vs. Houston on Wednesday, February 10 (7:00 PM EST, TV: ESPNU), please select the following: 1) The winner 2) The margin of victory by your predicted winner 3) Bulls leading scorer and point total 4) Bulls leading rebounder and rebound total 5) Team Free Throw percentage (i.e. 72.9%) Please try to keep in the above format so that it will be easier to manage. Sample response would be:  1) South Florida 2) 22 3) Collins - 21 4) Yetna - 11 5) 80% The contest winner will be chosen based on a points system as follows: 1) Correct on winning team - 10 points 2) Correct on Margin of victory - 15 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted margin - 0 points awarded if actual winner not predicted.)  3a) Correct Leading Scorer - 5 points 3b) Leading Scorer's correct point total -10 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted total - 0 points awarded if correct leading scorer not predicted.) 4a) Correct Leading Rebounder - 5 points 4b) Leading Rebounder's correct rebound total - 10 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted total - 0 points awarded if correct leading rebounder not predicted.) 5) Free throw percentage - within 3 percentage points of actual - 10 points; 5 percentage points of actual - 5 points; 10 percentage points -1 point  Games will be decided and winners announced. There will be a Grand Prize for those with the overall greatest point, "smaller" prizes for each game winner and prizes for other category wins: tracking of game averages, wins and total points scored for the season! The key is to be mindful of the game schedule and enter each game!   This game winner receives: TBD Good Luck! Previous Winners: Game 1 vs Florida College 94-84 W - @NJBull Game 2 URI 84-68 L - @smazza Game 3 Va Tech 76-58 L - @Peatearpan Game 4 vs FGCU 76-57 W - @Fold FB Invest in BB Game 5 vs FAMU - CANCELLED - COVID19 Game 6 vs Stetson - 73-62 W - @Friscobull Game 7 LSU - CANCELLED- Replaced by Wofford Game 7 Wofford - 58-56 W - @Friscobull Game 8 at Cincinnati - 74-71 W - @Fold FB Invest in BB Game 9 vs Wichita State - 82-77 OT L - @Peatearpan Game 10 at Memphis - 58-57 L - @bcgruber Game 11 vs UCF - 68-61 W @flsportsfan83 Game 12 vs Tulsa - 61-51 L @JJZbulls Game 13 at ECU - 69-63 W @BrassBulls12 Game 14 vs Houston - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 15 vs ECU - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 16 at Wichita State - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 17 vs Temple - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 18 vs Cincinnati -POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 19 at Tulsa - (2/3) -POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 20 at SMU - (2/6) -POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 21 vs Houston - (2/10) Have Fun and follow the Bulls throughout the 2020-21 season! (Mildly prestigious Bulliever's Cup) Stats Updates: our current season leader is now @flsportsfan83
  5. GAME POSTPONED DUE TO COVID19 ON THE USF TEAM Welcome to the 2020-21 TheBullsPen.com  Basketball Prediction Contest The race for the mildly prestigious Bulliever's Cup is on! Game 14  South Florida Bulls (7-5, 3-3) vs. Houston Cougars  vs. Thursday, January 14 7:00 PM EST Yuengling Center Tampa, FL TV: ESPN2 Radio: USF Bulls Unlimited 14th scheduled game (2 COVID impacted, 1 Replaced/ 1 cancelled) The Contest: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to select winners and leading contributors in each Bulls hoops game this season. Prizes await, as does the respect and admiration of Bulls fans around the globe. The contest is a season-long chase so don't miss a game. Next...the rules: 1) You must be a registered member of this message board. 2) You must completely answer the contest questions. 3) There can be no modifications to your post after scheduled game start time 4) Your prediction must be part of this original thread 5) Post must be submitted prior to game's published start time. 6) Ties will be decided by Bulliever starting with accuracy on first - last prediction. 7) (NEW/Tentative) PLEASE if you change your prediction- make a new post stating as much otherwise we will have to use whichever prediction information provides you the least total points. PLEASE READ ABOVE CAREFULLY - If a rule is broken, your entry will not count. You may appeal any ruling, if you choose, but only Bulliever or his designee will hear appeal. For additional contest rules, please read the small print below. And now, the contest: For the Bulls game vs. Houston on Thursday, January 14 (7:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN2), please select the following: 1) The winner 2) The margin of victory by your predicted winner 3) Bulls leading scorer and point total 4) Bulls leading rebounder and rebound total 5) Team Free Throw percentage (i.e. 72.9%) Please try to keep in the above format so that it will be easier to manage. Sample response would be:  1) South Florida 2) 22 3) Collins - 21 4) Yetna - 11 5) 80% The contest winner will be chosen based on a points system as follows: 1) Correct on winning team - 10 points 2) Correct on Margin of victory - 15 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted margin - 0 points awarded if actual winner not predicted.)  3a) Correct Leading Scorer - 5 points 3b) Leading Scorer's correct point total -10 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted total - 0 points awarded if correct leading scorer not predicted.) 4a) Correct Leading Rebounder - 5 points 4b) Leading Rebounder's correct rebound total - 10 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted total - 0 points awarded if correct leading rebounder not predicted.) 5) Free throw percentage - within 3 percentage points of actual - 10 points; 5 percentage points of actual - 5 points; 10 percentage points -1 point  Games will be decided and winners announced. There will be a Grand Prize for those with the overall greatest point, "smaller" prizes for each game winner and prizes for other category wins: tracking of game averages, wins and total points scored for the season! The key is to be mindful of the game schedule and enter each game!   This game winner receives: TBD Good Luck! Previous Winners: Game 1 vs Florida College 94-84 W - @NJBull Game 2 URI 84-68 L - @smazza Game 3 Va Tech 76-58 L - @Peatearpan Game 4 vs FGCU 76-57 W - @Fold FB Invest in BB Game 5 vs FAMU - CANCELLED - COVID19 Game 6 vs Stetson - 73-62 W - @Friscobull Game 7 LSU - CANCELLED- Replaced by Wofford Game 7 Wofford - 58-56 W - @Friscobull Game 8 at Cincinnati - 74-71 W - @Fold FB Invest in BB Game 9 vs Wichita State - 82-77 OT L - @Peatearpan Game 10 at Memphis - 58-57 L - @bcgruber Game 11 vs UCF - 68-61 W @flsportsfan83 Game 12 vs Tulsa - 61-51 L @JJZbulls Game 13 at ECU - 69-63 W @BrassBulls12 Game 14 vs Houston - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 15 vs ECU - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 16 at Wichita State - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 17 vs Temple - POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 18 vs Cincinnati -POSTPONED- COVID19 Game 19 at Tulsa - ?? (2/3) Have Fun and follow the Bulls throughout the 2020-21 season! (Mildly prestigious Bulliever's Cup) Stats Updates: our current season leader is now @flsportsfan83
  6. GAME POSTPONED DUE TO COVID19 ON THE USF TEAM Basketball Game Discussion Thread Game 14  South Florida Bulls (7-5, 3-3) vs. Houston Cougars  vs. Thursday, January 14 7:00 PM EST Yuengling Center Tampa, FL TV: ESPN2 Radio: USF Bulls Unlimited 14th scheduled game (2 COVID impacted, 1 Replaced/ 1 cancelled)
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  10. SATURDAY10.27.18FOOTBALL Massachusetts 3 UConn 7 Noon East Hartford, Conn. 1st - 8:01 Live Stats Live Video USF Houston 3:30 p.m. Houston, Texas Live Stats Live Video TV:ABC and ESPN2 Cincinnati SMU 3:30 p.m. Dallas, Texas Live Stats TV:CBS Sports Network Tulane Tulsa 7 p.m. Tulsa, Okla. Live Stats Live Video TV:ESPNU Notre Dame Navy 8 p.m. San Diego, Calif. Live Stats TV:CBS
  11. Man, this season is going too fast.
  12. SATURDAY10.20.18FOOTBALL Tulsa Arkansas Noon Fayetteville, Ark. Live Stats Live Video TV:SEC Network Cincinnati Temple Noon Philadelphia, Pa. Live Stats Live Video TV:ESPNU Houston Navy 3:30 p.m. Annapolis, Md. Live Stats Live Video TV:CBS Sports Network SMU Tulane 3:30 p.m. New Orleans, La. Live Stats Live Video TV:ESPNU Memphis Missouri 4 p.m. Columbia, Mo. Live Stats Live Video TV:SEC Network UCF ECU 7 p.m. Greenville, N.C. Live Stats Live Video TV:ESPN2 UConn USF 7 p.m. Tampa, Fla. Live Stats Live Video TV:CBS Sports Network
  13. UH stresses tempo to kick-start lagging offense By Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle October 27, 2017 TAMPA, Fla. - For a majority of last week's game, the University of Houston went with an up-tempo offense to keep the Memphis defense on its heels.Coach Major Applewhite refers to the faster pace as "Call It 'N Haul It." "After the game, I told (offensive coordinator Brian Johnson) that's the rhythm, that's the tempo that I want us to play with," Applewhite said. "I want us to play faster. I want to get formations lined up quicker." Going with an up-tempo offense is nothing new in college football, and the Cougars have run some variation that has produced lots of points and yards through the years. Offense on the mend Link
  14. Head Coach Major Applewhite : On the team's mindset for the USF game: From an offensive perspective, looking at what they do defensively; they're number one in the country in terms of turnover margin, they're number four in the country in takeaways, ninth in the country in run defense, and that's going to grab your attention off the top. Coach (Charlie) Strong has a great history. With BJ (Brian Jean-Mary) running the defense, they do a great job on that side of the football. They recruit great players and they do a great job of coaching their players. As a whole, the team grabs your attention from the get-go, whether it's the defensive or offensive side of the ball. In this league, you need to have that attention every week; everybody can beat you and everybody can play each other. On USF's impressive offense: That speaks a lot to the players. There's been different coaching staffs there and not to take anything away from Coach Strong and his staff or Willie Tagert and his staff, but Quinton Flowers has a lot to do with that. That's the reality of it. When you have a guy that can play that position, can make throws, extend plays, is physical, competitive, has overcome adversity in his personal life and does it on the field all the time, you're going to move the ball and score a lot of points. On how D'Eriq King will be used: He's done everything that we've asked him to do, and he's been productive with it. There's some things that we'd like to slide him back at the quarterback position and allow him to do. There are some things within the course of a drive, whether (Kyle) Postma or (Kyle) Allen stay in the game or whether they get out and allow him some opportunities back there. It's about the players. We just talked about a streak of scoring 30 points or more. It's about getting the ball in the playmaker's hand who can make plays over and over again. Rather than what you do or what the defense is doing, sometimes it's best to get the ball in the playmaker's hands. We have to find ways to get him the ball more. On if he'll play D'Eriq King at quarterback for development: Not so much for developmental reasons in the future, but for the here and now. Once you're into the season, you're into how can we get this first down, get in the red zone and score these points. Putting D'Eriq at quarterback is how can we can be more explosive as an offense, that's the general thought and it's not any more complicated than that. That's the whole wavelength we're working on, getting him the football. We aren't necessarily developing him for down the line, it's that they're doing this with their coverage and we can't throw the ball out there to him, or they're doing this with their front and we can't have the sweep off to him, but we can snap it to him. It's what ways can we get him the football. If they start to do things structure wise, front and coverage to take him out of some of the touches he's getting, then we've got to get him back there, snap the ball and let him have an effect that way. On his message to the team for the USF game: The message to the team going into the Memphis game was that this was an opportunity to lead the conference and this is going to be a heavy weight belt. This is going to be a very accomplished fighter that's going to throw punches and it's going to be 15 rounds. It's not something that will finish early and we get to go home, but we're going to fight for 15 rounds. We're going to have to be disciplined fighters. I even talked to them about the Mayweather and McGregor fight. It's great to have energy, enthusiasm, and talk a lot of trash, but in the end, the disciplined fighter that knew what he was doing all the way down the end and ended up whooping him. That's what we have to do. If you look at the some of the decisions and some of the things that we did as players and coaches alike, what happened down the stretch with 3 minutes left in the game or 4 minutes left in the game put us in that position to lose the game. That's where we went back and said ‘When it came down to it, why were some of these things done? Was it a lack of coaching or lack of discipline in your assignment?' Be very pointed and direct on the issue and confirm that this is why it happened. On where the quarterback position will go now that D'eriq King is healthy: The reality for us as a staff is that he didn't go through spring. He didn't get any quarterback reps and he didn't practice at quarterback. The last time he practiced quarterback was going into the Memphis game, because he got hurt in the weight room before the Las Vegas bowl. So, the last time he practiced was the week of Thanksgiving in 2016. He never practiced quarterback until Aug. 1st, 2017. He went nine or ten months without practicing quarterback and then practiced quarterback for 15 days and hurt his knee. He went on the shelf for 4 weeks after getting a knee surgery, then he comes back and now we're three or four games into the season and he's had about 15 days to practice quarterback. I love him, I want him to compete, I want him to have an opportunity, but we've got to go on and get ready for games. Now that he's back, healthy and in the full swing of things, the conversation is, ‘Yes, there's some things that he can do at quarterback., where we can put him back there to do some things and give us some more explosiveness with our offense. On having a few extra days to prepare for the game vs. South Florida: I think it gave our bodies a little bit of a built-in rest for our players. Also, from a stand point as a coach, sometimes it's hard to finish a game on a Saturday night, have it completely digested and reviewed and ready to move on to Sunday. It gave us a day or two to really look at it and see some issues, things that have popped up, and how we do a better job as a staff to eliminate those issues and never have them happen again. In that way, it's helped our players heal, but it's also given us an extra 24-48 hours to look at the game. On the running back position now that Dillon Birden is injured: Dillon dislocated his elbow, and will be out for some time. I don't know how long, but it won't be a week or two. Mulbah Car is going to be the backup tail back. Duke has to carry the majority of the workload, and then we need true freshman Davion Mitchell, and Patrick Carr, to be able to provide a third and fourth back for us. On Duke Catalon's Status: He's played banged up, and he is an NCAA running back in week eight. That's what it is. Credit to him, he's playing tough, he's putting two mouthpieces in, and playing. We need him to continue to do that. On if Mulbah Car has been the most consistent third back: Yeah, with the football, but it's how you play without the ball at that position. That is what separates the good from the great backs in college football. When you get signed, and bring all your clothes up and report into the dorms as a true freshman running back, we expect you to be able to carry the ball and run the ball. We always understand freshman running backs are going to come out of high school programs getting the ball 20-30 times a game. They're not going to get asked to pass protect, they're not going to get asked to run routes, they're going to be told line up on the left side of the quarterback going right, and line up on the right side of the quarterback going left. You have to learn how to play without the football. It's probably the same thing if you talk to coach Kelvin Sampson, some of the guys he recruits, they're pouring in 35-40 points a game. Now I need you to set a screen and play defense, it's learning how to play without the football. On how personnel decisions will be made now that there is a different outlook on the season: The outlook hasn't changed in terms of competition at every spot, regardless of conference rankings or projections. We're going to play the players that make plays and are practicing the best. Nothing has changed from that standpoint. We're never going to not do that. We're always going to look at each week as its' own week and whoever needs to be playing to win that game is playing. There's going to be competition at spots where maybe that competition has been locked up, but it needs to be opened up. You're going to do the same things that you have always done as a staff. On turnovers: In the three losses some of it has been decision making. I know there was two in the Texas Tech game and there were two in the Tulsa game. There are a lot of things when you look at turnovers, in terms of catching the ball, which can eliminate some turnovers. Making better decisions from the quarterback position can also eliminate turnovers. Better pass protection whether it's the offensive line or running backs, where our quarterback isn't getting hit as he's trying to throw the ball. There's a lot of things other than just the quarterback position that is related to the turnovers. There are turnover circuits, in terms of things we do in practice to work on ball security. There's also things we can do in terms of play calling that pull things in a very simple digestible package for a guy to make good decisions. I think we've done that in the last two or three weeks. We've tried to make it very simple for our quarterback, so that he's not having to make those decisions. The reality of it is that, it is a very pressure filled situation. When you have three timeouts, a minute left and there's plenty of time to go score, sometimes you start putting your mind on the clock and the situation instead of each play and how we're taking care of the football. Eventually we'll find the end zone and sometimes the situation gets big, I've been there and I've played it and been successful. I've also played it and not been successful. The more you're in that situation, the more you can control your emotions and focus on the things that win and lose ball games. That's ball security. On the status of Ellis Jefferson and Matthew Adams: Ellis is still holding. Matt came and did some things yesterday in practice, but he still has a ways to go before he's ready to play. For now Ellis is still on a holding pattern and is questionable and I'd say Matt is probably in the same boat. On the punt play in during the fourth quarter against Memphis: We have a fake that we can call or check out of based on that look. We needed to check out of it and we didn't so the punter wisely did what he was supposed to do. He was given the football and the fake was not called off, which it should've been. His job was to punt the ball deep and go cover. On how that play affected him: It didn't because he did his job, but we should've never been in that call. That's our job. We have fakes and we see if it's not the right look, then we punt the ball. We didn't get out of that. So those are things that I have to go back and look at personally to see the way I'm coaching, in terms of, ‘Is that too hot of a moment to put the players in?, Is it too pressure packed and should we just punt the football?' We have executed it numerous times in practice. I thought it was an opportunity that, if it presented itself, to get one and if it didn't then I felt confident that our team would check out if it and punt it. On the communications during the punt play: The age old deal is don't ever put anything on your players as a coach. I get that, but the impact of the situation is sometimes that gets really heavy for players and I've got to evaluate that this is not a time that I can do that. On adjustments made by the coaching staff: It goes into how we spend time with them on the sideline and on the bench preparing them for those moments, being preemptive. You're playing a guy like Riley Ferguson, that when you go out there 17-0, he makes it 17-7, and now it's a ten point ball game. The defense comes off the field and now it's a two possession game. We go right back down and score to make it 24-7, but then they come back and return a kick to make it 24-14. Getting to your players, getting into their minds and soul and saying, ‘Listen it's a ten point game. This thing is going all the way to eleven o'clock tonight. You might as well get your mind right. We're playing for the next hour and a half. This thing isn't over, one team isn't going to take a knee with three minutes left. This thing is going down to the wire. From a defensive standpoint, it was the run against Tulsa and it was the pass against Memphis where the yards were gained in the second half. We went back and looked at halftime, in terms of adjustments and asked if we put too much on them and are we not making enough adjustments? It's been about execution and doing exactly what you're told to do when you're supposed to do it. On D'Eriq King's status as quarterback: Yes, he meets with both groups. Is he not playing quarterback because he doesn't know what's going on? No, that's not the case. It's missing all the reps, all the snaps, getting all the practice time and trying to catch up with that in the season that makes him limited. It's not like we're practicing six days a week, like we were at fall camp. We're practicing three maybe four times, depending on whether it's a short week or not. There's not a lot of reps to try to get him caught up. There are some reps and he has been taking them.
  15. The game is on ESPN News at 8:30 EST and I will be there! Anyone else joining?!
  16. Let’s get to know the new conference mates and each other. Bulls fans and other fans in the “American” are invited to post on each of the teams to include information on the university, its athletic programs (especially football this time of year), what to do in town for a road game, etc. Or, in some cases, reminisce about previous match-ups or times spent together in a previous conference. The intent is to build fun and informative threads that help us get coached up on new conference mates. Please reserve the impulse to mud sling for other threads as the season nears. Everyone is invited to contribute. If you know a fan of one of the other AAC schools, please invite them. Thanks, Brad, aka Bulliever
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