Sunday links: What they're saying ...
Lots of Florida newspapers that don't regularly cover the Bulls had writers at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. I mentioned to a writer from down south that I'd figured Butch Davis might get a few papers up here, and he said it had nothing to do with Davis, just a desire to get more USF coverage. I think you'll see a lot of columnists and writers pull double-duty this week, doing USF-West Virginia on Friday and going up to Jacksonville for the FSU game there. Onto the links ...
-- If you didn't catch the game and haven't seen highlights, ESPN.com has video clips of the two early touchdowns from the game as part of its coverage.
-- So USF was looking ahead to West Virginia during Saturday's game? West Virginia was looking ahead to the Bulls as they trounced East Carolina. "We owe them something," WVU's Vaughn Rivers told the Times West Virginian. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Joe Starkey talked to West Virginia's Pat White about last year's USF win: "A big win for them, a horrible loss for us," he said. "We just want to get that corrected."
-- The News &Observer in Raleigh has the UNC side of the story, with some good quotes from freshman QB T.J. Yates. "They did a lot of things to fluster our offense," he said.
-- My good neighbor Rick Brown, writing in the Lakeland Ledger, says maybe we'll take USF more seriously next time they say they're not looking past anybody.
-- Mike Berardino, up in Tampa for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, calls USF "Boise East" -- intended as a compliment, folks -- and talks about Leavitt pondering use of the F-word. That's fun, at least this week. Shannon Owens, writing for the Orlando Sentinel, writes about the pressure USF put on Yates.
-- Bad headline pun of the day goes to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where columnist Doug Fernandes has Butch Davis facing a "Heel-acious task" with North Carolina.
-- Florida Today, like many papers, was spinning things forward to West Virginia, which makes a lot of sense. "You live for games like this," Taurus Johnson said.