Here's a true test for the hardcore USF fan: would you drive across the state to take in USF's men's basketball and football teams on the same day?
The schedule for the Glenn Wilkes Classic basketball tournament in Daytona Beach in November was released on Thursday, and USF's games would seemingly allow dedicated fans to catch all three hoops contests without missing the football team's huge showdown with Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 17. We're going to assume for now that the USF-Louisville game will be a prime-time kickoff, as the Bulls prefer for home dates, though there's certainly the possibility of an afternoon kick if it's picked up as Big East game of the week.
USF's game against Rhode Island on Friday, Nov. 16, is at 2:15 p.m., and the Saturday game against Florida Atlantic is set for noon -- early enough that fans could take it in, then make the three-hour drive back to Tampa for a night football game. Of course, they'd then have to drive back to Daytona again on Sunday, Nov. 18, for an 8:15 p.m. finale against Florida State.
Since our college basketball writers don't cover most road games because of budget constraints, I'm tempted to try to make all four games, providing that Louisville game is a night kickoff. It'd be just a week into USF's basketball season, an important time to see games and get a better feel for Stan Heath's first team. Recognizing that most sane fans will stay in Tampa on Friday and Saturday, I'm curious what the attendance will be like in Daytona for the first two games there. ...