By Compiled by Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 3, 2000
USF mascot Rocky the Bull passed out in the first quarter. He did not return. "They had an IV in him," sports information director John Gerdes said of student Eddie Grey. "They think he'll be fine." Maybe Grey is overworked: He spends his summers as Sparks, the Tampa Bay FireStix mascot.
Coming soon . . . kind of
The Bulls won't be members of Conference USA in football until 2003, but that hasn't stopped them from plastering the new C-USA logo all over the stadium. The huge signs on either sideline leave out the fact that it will be three years before USF can play for the league championship.
Three's a charm
It must take the Bulls a while to get warmed up. They've started all four seasons with a field goal, no matter the competition: against Division II non-scholarship Kentucky Wesleyan in 1997, Division II Slippery Rock in 1998, I-A San Diego State in 1999 and I-AA Jacksonville State.
A quote attributed to cornerback Delvin Hughley helped motivate the Bulls offense. Hughley predicted the Jacksonville State defense would intercept QB Marquel Blackwell three times. Blackwell's INTs: 0.
"They say the improvement from Game 1 to Game 2 is most significant. It's going to have to be for us to even have a chance."
-- USF coach Jim Leavitt on the game Saturday at Kentucky, the Bulls' second ever against a I-A opponent
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