Luv-a-Bulls: Get your cute kids on video board
USF hasn't announced anything yet, but a public relations release from Sagicor Life Insurance, whose U.S. headquarters are in Tampa, announces that Sagicor has entered into a four-year sponsorship agreement with USF football with several promotions.
One new promotion is said to be "Luv-a-Bulls," which invites fans to submit photos of their children wearing Bulls gear; winning entrants will have their kids shown on the large video boards at Raymond James Stadium during Bulls home football games. (I'm sure we'll get a link from USF shortly so you'll know where to send the cute pics.) The financial extent of Sagicor's sponsorship isn't detailed, but the release states that it would involve "naming rights and a variety of online, media and on-premise promotional and hospitality components."
Other news and notes to get to this morning ...
-- The folks at CardChronicle.com offer up their "Top 25 Offensive Players" in the Big East this season, though it's a bit naive to have nine quarterbacks on the list. By comparison, there's just four offensive linemen on the list, so here's hoping all the quarterbacks are elusive. There are a few USF players listed -- running back Mike Ford is No. 16, and quarterback Matt Grothe is No. 5, right behind West Virginia back Noel Devine, Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt and the consensus top two, Pittsburgh's LeSean McCoy and West Virginia's Pat White.
-- Story in Tuesday's Times details how area high school coaches still aren't happy about the Big East playing five games on Friday night, a night traditionally reserved for high school games. It'll come up again when the Bulls play host to Kansas in September, but it could be worse: Louisville hosts two Friday night games this fall.
-- Bulls Backlash? Florida Football Magazine notes that as USF rises in national prominence, anti-Bulls sentiments seem to be on the rise as well.
-- It's nearly impossible to have an online poll be even vaguely scientific, as usually such polls are dominated by the first team whose message board can find it. This blogger is offering up his top 10 favorite logos from BCS programs, and USF not only makes the cut, but is second in his online balloting. First is Washington State, which is a popular logo, no doubt, but probably not enough to deserve 72 percent of the vote.