USF-Miami football game moved to Nov. 17
This fall's USF-Miami football game has been moved ahead one week, from Nov. 24 to Nov. 17, to accommodate the scheduling needs of both teams, USF announced Friday morning.
Last year, the Big East asked its member schools to have the final two weeks of the regular season free for conference games; USF's home game with Miami was moved to Nov. 19 and the Bulls lost 6-3.
The Big East has not yet released its 2012 schedule for conference games, as the league is still in the process of securing an eighth football member. CBSsports.com reported this week that Temple is in talks to join the Big East as an all-sports member this fall, which would allow the league to play a seven-game conference schedule in the last year before it expands in 2013.
-- Marquel Blackwell and Steve Bird, who have worked as program assistants for USF football, are no longer part of Skip Holtz's coaching staff and have left to pursue other opportunities in coaching. Blackwell has been a program assistant for the last three years, while Bird moved into that role in 2010 after working as a graduate assistant in 2009. Holtz has not filled either position yet.
Blackwell, 32, who played quarterback at USF from 1999-2002, remains the program's all-time leading passer, still holding the Bulls' career records with 9,108 yards and 67 touchdown passes, among others. He was the head coach at Freedom High in 2007-08. Bird has been a college football coach since 1987, including stops as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh and West Virginia.