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USF sideliners

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 10, 2000


That's our song, sort of

Not every school can say it has a theme song by a bona fide country music star. Kentucky can. Following UK touchdowns, Tracy Byrd can be heard on the public address system singing a song with the chorus: "We know how to work and we know how to play. We're from Kentucky and we like it that way." For the record, the song is a remake, the brainchild of the UK marketing department. The original Byrd song said: "I'm from the country and I like it that way."

Keeping them in

The new SEC rule prohibiting fans from re-entering the stadium if they leave during the game came into effect. It obviously isn't going over well with Kentucky fans. The announcement at halftime reminding fans of the rule was met by a loud chorus of boos.

Celebrity watch

There was no sign of Ashley Judd, but two other famous faces were spotted in the stands. Two members of the pop group The Backstreet Boys were in attendance. With no teenagers among the UK or USF sports information staffs, there was no one to identify just which two of the Boys were there.

Quotable

"Devin (Sanderson) did an outstanding job punting and Ryan (Benjamin) had to snap on the money all night, but the bottom line is we didn't get it done as a team." -- USF kicker Bill Gramatica, on the impressive play of the special teams unit, which included his 38-yard field goal.

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