Bulls receive $1.45 million gift
Tuesday evolved into a paradox of sorts inside the Selmon Center. Fan support again prevailed as a topic of concern during the USF's weekly football press conference.
Even as the Bulls announced they had received a seven-figure dose of it.
The athletic department has received a $1.45 million gift from the Fishman Family Foundation, to be used for various purposes. Jeff Fishman, who operates a South Tampa-based mortgage corporation, is a fixture at Bulls football and basketball games. He and his wife Brandy -- parents of three -- graduated from USF in 1992 and '96, respectively.
"You talk about someone that's committed, since I've been here that's all I've seen out of Jeff and Brandy," football coach Willie Taggart said. "They're committed to the Bulls, they're committed to making it right. They want to see this university and athletics and everything be top-notch. And that's what it's gonna take."
The gift arrives a week before Big 12 officials are scheduled to make a decision regarding expansion. USF was among 11 expansion candidates invited to make a formal, in-person pitch to the conference.
The money will support scholarships and "athletic department priority needs," as well as help finance a renovation of the Student-Athlete Enrichment Center, according to USF.
"There are many aspects of running a successful athletic program, but at the very top of that list is the support that incredible people provide to enhance the lives of our student-athletes," Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan said in a school news release.
"The Fishman Family shares our passion and vision for success in the classroom, the community and in competition, and their generous support will allow us to do just that."