USF billboards: Can U find them?
The Burma Shave folks have nothing on USF these days. A year ago, the existence of a Bulls billboard had me standing on the median of Fowler Avenue amid traffic, taking a picture of a super-sized Matt Grothe.
How far has USF football come in that year? This summer, there will be 18 billboards across the Tampa area, featuring Grothe, All-America defensive end George Selvie and coach Jim Leavitt. There's even a digital number on Hillsborough Avenue (0.6 miles east of Race Track Road, north side, facing west), that rotates between all three of them. If you want to be pleasantly surprised by them as you drive about town, then -- SPOILERS! -- better skip the rest of the post. If you haven't seen one driving around, here's a handy guide to where you can find them:
MATT GROTHE (5)
I-4, 0.5 miles east of 50th Street exit, north side, facing east
I-275, 1 mile north of Bearrs exit, west side, facing north
Adamo, 1.1 miles east of U.S. 41, north side, facing east
Dale Mabry, 0.8 miles south of Gandy, east side, facing south
U.S. 19, 0.5 miles south of Curlew Road, east side, facing north
GEORGE SELVIE (6)
I-275, Floribraska exit, east side, facing north
I-4, 700 feet west of Park Road, south side, facing west
Florida Ave., 100 feet south of Fowler, west side, facing south
Dale Mabry, 0.5 miles north of Hillsb., east side, facing south
Busch Blvd., 0.75 miles east of I-275, north side, facing west
Ulmerton Road, 1,200 feet east of U.S. 19, south side, facing east
JIM LEAVITT (3)
U.S. 19, 0.25 miles north of 38th Avenue, west side, facing north
U.S. 19, 200 feet north of Roosevelt, east side, facing north
Gandy, 0.5 miles west of Dale Mabry, north side, facing west
There you have it. And no, I haven't been driving randomly around town for three days scouring area roads for billboards for such a comprehensive map -- USF hooked me up with a list. There will be three more later this summer. Notice the nuances of the geography, how St. Pete-raised Leavitt has more of a Pinellas presence, how Lakeland-born Grothe sticks to the Hillsborough side ...