Game On…with Rob Kriete – SEPTEMBER 21

The old Tampa Stadium was home to the very first University of South Florida football game.  I’m a Bull.  When I attended, the program didn’t exist, but I was excited to go to the “Big Sombrero” to witness USF beat Kentucky Wesleyan 80 – 3 that September night in 1997.

80 – 3!

It seemed since 1997 that the Bulls had last won after going more than a calendar year between victories.  But this past Saturday night, the Bulls did win 38-17 over Florida A&M!  It was refreshing.

The past year has been tough for the Bulls football program, with new coach Jeff Scott navigating a young team through the pandemic and being served ten consecutive losses.

“It’s been a long year, and we’ve been through a lot, and the natural thing for a lot of teams in that situation is to split up and divide, but our guys have not done that,” USF coach Jeff Scott said.  “This team has stuck together and showed a lot of grit. I’m very proud of that.”

The likable head coach must have heard the whispers of the game against the Rattlers being a must-win.  The team responded, in kind, behind freshman quarterback Timmy McClain.

It just felt good to get a victory again, even when the Bulls were favored despite their struggles.

And that Florida A&M marching band is incredible, even if the football team wasn’t quite that.  In defense of the program, the Rattlers band sets an extremely high bar especially when you consider they were the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl I.  That fact will win you money at a bar on trivia night.

I believe that Coach Scott has this team trending in the right direction but a road win against BYU this coming weekend will be tricky.  Better get creative with that stable of QBs, coach!

Be safe, everyone!