Daniels' dad rooting against employer Florida A&M

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Skip Holtz isn't the only prominent member of the Bulls football family with a father cheering against his usual loyalties this season. Just as Lou Holtz was rooting for the Bulls against Notre Dame, this week has Bruce Daniels -- father of Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels -- proudly cheering for a loss for Florida A&M ... his employer.

For the past two years, Daniels has worked as the booking coordinator for the Al Lawson Center, FAMU's campus basketball arena, helping line up sporting events, concerts and speakers such as Maya Angelou and former President Bill Clinton. There's no question who he's pulling for Saturday -- he said his colleagues at FAMU know his son's talents very well, going back to his days at Tallahassee's Lincoln High.

"They'll be a supportive group -- B.J.'s kind of a hometown hero around these parts," the elder Daniels said. "They're kind of torn. Their attitude is pretty much 'Tell B.J. to have mercy on us, don't hurt us too bad,' that kind of stuff."

Daniels said his parents and two daughters will be among the family members attending Saturday's game in Tampa. He sees a new confidence in his son on the field and said that comes from the familiarity of being in the same offense for a second season.

"It's a matter of him understanding what's expected of him. I think he has a clear understanding now," Daniels said. "I think there was a lot of uncertainty on his part last year. Summer was real big for him. I know it's paying great dividends for him."

Bruce Daniels actually has good experience pulling against FAMU -- he's a Bethune-Cookman graduate, so he's been on the opposite end of the schools' annual rivalry. Asked if he's looking forward to Saturday, he said his eyes are focused farther down the road.

"I'm looking forward to USF winning the Big East, to be honest," he said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:02pm]

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