Trustees chair on USF football: 'We have major problems'
TAMPA — The one-line email was fired off at 3:26 p.m. Saturday, within a minute of the end of USF's humbling 37-28 loss at Temple, and sent to the chief of staff of USF President Judy Genshaft.
"Disgusting and unacceptable," it read. "We have major problems with our football program."
By Monday morning, that email was forwarded to USF athletic director Doug Woolard, with another one-line note: "Hope things are better. Make sure you have conversation with the Board Chair. Thanks."
Yes, the sentiment of the email echoed that of dozens of others sent to Woolard by USF fans in recent days and obtained by the Tampa Bay Times through a public-records request, but the sender was notable: John Ramil, a USF graduate, the president and CEO of TECO Energy, and more important, a powerful man on campus as the chairman of USF's Board of Trustees.
"I was expressing the same feeling of frustration as all the USF fans are feeling," Ramil said Thursday afternoon by phone. "I personally want what's best for all the USF programs, whether academic or sports. I also believe in candid feedback, and I think the President and the athletic director and the coaches need to have that kind of feeling of feedback from all the fans. I've given them feedback on good stuff, too."