Check that: USF-UNC set for ESPN
Forget about what you read last week on ESPN.com's football schedule: Saturday's USF-North Carolina game at Raymond James Stadium will be televised on ESPN, getting the nod Monday over West Virginia-East Carolina, which will go on ESPN2.
ESPN.com's schedule had listed the USF kickoff as being on ESPN2, but the Bulls get the full ESPN treatment. Pam Ward has the play-by-play, Ray Bentley the color commentary and Robert Simmelkjaer the sideline reporting duties. The Bulls have never won a game on ESPN, losing in three previous appearances.
And because we just can't do short posts, some linkage:
-- First, a national ranking, and now this: the Orlando Sentinel's Dave Curtis has anointed a "Next Three" for the state's football programs, including the Bulls, along with UCF and Florida Atlantic. All three have knocked off BCS conference opponents in the last two weeks.
-- USF made it into a column from the political editor of the Lakeland Ledger, complete with unnamed USF sources "confiding" about the on-campus stadium issue. And, yes, a local politician got his name in the paper for writing Matt Grothe a letter of congratulations after the Auburn win.
-- Sportsline.com's Dennis Dodd -- I guess it's CBSsports.com's Dennis Dodd now -- has USF ranked 16th in his new rankings. Then again, he has Duke 25th, so we're not sure where the silliness starts or ends.
-- Can't say I'd heard of Davis Rodriguez before, but he's a freshman at Lafayette and kicked a game-winning field goal Saturday. He attended USF last year and told the Morning Call in Pennsylvania that USF pulled an offer for him to be a preferred walk-on last year because he wanted to hear on financial aid from Lafayette. In full disclosure, my dad's a Lehigh grad.
-- Fun story on USF defensive line coach Dan McCarney watching his old Iowa State team beat Iowa. He told the Des Moines Register it was "extremely strange" to watch the rivalry game, as he's been a part of 25 of the last 30 meetings.