Brad Posted September 19, 2008 Group: Admin Topic Count: 0 Content Count: 91,418 Reputation: 8,214 Days Won: 381 Joined: 05/19/2000 Share Posted September 19, 2008 USF is quickly making a debate for a 'Big 4' By Dwight Collins Star-Banner Published: Friday, September 19, 2008 at 6:30 a.m. It seems preposterous to even ask, considering the fact Miami won four of its five national championships before USF ever fielded a football team, but have the Bulls somehow wedged themselves into the â€œBig 3,â€ or at least forced some thought as to a â€œBig 4â€ in Florida? â€œSeemsâ€ outlandish, maybe, but itâ€™s certainly a mammal to tag and keep an eye on its migration pattern. The Bulls canâ€™t match the Hurricanes past, but they can certainly follow their path. And whoâ€™s to say if the programs engaged last season, this season and next season, USF wouldnâ€™t hold the advantage, or perhaps win all three meetings? The Bulls havenâ€™t been on the radar long enough to convince most the idea isnâ€™t a joke. There have been no high-profile coaching searches capable of keeping the program in headlines during the offseason, as Jim Leavitt coached game No. 1 against Kentucky Wesleyan in 1997 and game No. 101, when the program turned the corner and became a Big East threat. Sorry, newness isnâ€™t a valid-enough excuse to keep USF out of the everyday Florida football inventory. During a different time, Miami went through seven coaches in its first 12 seasons; lost to the likes of Florida Southern, Stetson and the Alabama JV at a frightening pace; and sometimes spent decades between bowl appearances until Howard Schnellenberger recognized a sleeping giant and steered the program around a lucrative corner in the early 1980s. Recently, USF replaced Miami in the Big East when the Hurricanes joined the ACC, and USF has shown nothing but a penchant for applaudable success. The Bulls have become a staple in the Top 25 â€” currently No. 12 â€” while the whole polling process somehow suddenly seems foreign to the Hurricanes, and the ballyhooed â€œWar on I-4â€ series with UCF was lopsided and now almost beneath USF. NFL-caliber players are being manufactured on East Fowler Avenue in Tampa, and while no one is yet confusing them with Jim Kelly, Michael Irvin or some of the other Hall of Famers from the heyday Hurricanes, you have to wonder if Robert Marve leaving Tampa for a greener pasture came with the sales pitch of fertilizer. Link Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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