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By IZZY GOULD and DAVID MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Published September 28, 2007
Friday night lights
Plenty of buzz has built up about No. 5 West Virginia coming to face No. 18 USF. Locally, there's a cost for the television exposure. Because the game is on ESPN, it is being played tonight, which casts a shadow over high school football. The scenario happened two years ago when Florida State and Miami played a Friday game, which was criticized.
"What the heck is that all about?" Land O'Lakes coach John Benedetto said. "I guarantee you it's not the coaches. It's ESPN. It's money."
Playing tonight will diminish the impact of USF's first anticipated sellout. Colleges often invite recruits to big games. But because many of USF's recruits are playing, that can't happen.
"They're not going to be able to have any recruits on the sidelines," Benedetto said. "Coaches won't be able to go to the games. Attendance in Hillsborough County Friday night has got to be really horrible for high school games."
Coaches in Hernando and Pasco counties don't seem as concerned.
"Hopefully in Brooksville it won't affect us," Nature Coast coach Jamie Joyner said. "Pasco's coming here, and they have a big following. I don't like colleges playing on Friday night. I'm sure it will have an impact in Hillsborough. And I'm a little selfish. I wish I could see it."
Land O'Lakes defensive tackle Joe Robinson will miss tonight's game at Sunlake because of pink eye. Inside linebacker Collin Robinson injured his shoulder in last week's 14-0 win at Springstead and will sit as a precaution. Meanwhile, running back Chris Singleton will play for the first time this season after recovering from a torn ACL.
Check it out
Catch 47 will televise the annual football rivalry between Blake and Middleton, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.
Alumni game looks strong
Don't expect Gulf coach Steve Feldman to bust out the short shorts, knee-high socks or those headbands that were once synonymous with basketball. The Gulf alumni basketball game scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 15 has 15 alumni committed to play. The list includes at least two of the five members of Gulf's 1,000-point club, a banker from Jacksonville and a baseball coach who claims to have scored 25 points on Matt Geiger in a high school basketball game. Tickets go on sale for $4 next week at Gulf. The price goes up to $5 at the door.