USF opener against Elon set for Catch 47
USF's season opener Sept. 1 against Elon will be televised on Bright House Networks' Catch 47 sports channel, with additional broadcast available on ESPN GamePlan's pay-per-view service. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m.
USF has three football games set for national broadcast on ESPN networks. The Bulls' game at Auburn on Sept. 8 will be on ESPN2, as will the Sept. 28 home game against West Virginia. USF's Thursday night game at Rutgers on Oct. 18 is also on ESPN.
USF's afternoon practice Friday was cancelled by heavy rains, but here are a few notes to report:
-- Offensive tackle Marc Dile should not miss significant practice time from the ankle injury he suffered in Friday's morning workout. Dile was in pads at what would have been Friday's afternoon practice, but did not do any running. "He's fine," coach Jim Leavitt said.
-- Kicker Delbert Alvarado had an MRI on his groin Friday to guard against any injuries, but the test showed no problem and Alvarado will not be sidelined at all, Leavitt said. "He was fine. We just did it because he's a kicker and we thought it'd be good to get it done," Leavitt said. "It's clear, he's ready to go. He could kick right now." Alvarado is expected to handle USF's extra points and field goals and is competing for punting duties as well.
-- Defensive end Woody George, back practicing with the Bulls, is expected to play in USF's opener against Elon, Leavitt said. Leavitt said he kept George away from the team for three days and forced him to work an undisclosed job to raise the money he needs to pay for the parking boot he threw away, resulting in a felony charge of grand theft last week. "He can't pay for it until his court date, I don't think," Leavitt said. George, who started 12 games last year and was battling for a starting position, was not on the two-deep depth chart that defensive coordinator Wally Burnham detailed after Thursday's practice.
-- Former FSU offensive lineman Matt Hardrick's immediate future at USF remains very uncertain. Fall classes start Monday and he is still needs to be accepted into school. His mother said Friday that Hardrick "ran into a problem with admissions." His first choice is still to be at USF this fall, but she said Leavitt has offered to place him at a junior college in Mississippi, where he could get his associate of arts degree and return to USF in a year with the same three years of eligibility. She said Hardrick is still considering I-AA schools that would allow him to play this fall as a "Plan B" if he can't get into USF in time for the fall semester. "He's still trying," Hardrick's mother said Friday, saying she had sent additional transcripts to USF on Friday. "This is a difficult decision."
-- Just a reminder: the first-ever Bulls Fan Fest is Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium. The new incarnation of Fan Appreciation Day will allow fans to get autographs and pictures with players and coaches.