Woolard: Bulls will wear No. 63 for Selmon
USF's football players will wear a No. 63 on the back of their helmets in today's game at No. 16 Notre Dame in tribute to Lee Roy Selmon, who is in a Tampa hospital after suffering a stroke Friday, Bulls athletic director Doug Woolard said Saturday afternoon.
"He may be certainly one of the finest persons with the most integrity of any individual I've ever been around," Woolard said, speaking to reporters with USF President Judy Genshaft before Saturday's game. "I feel very fortunate to call him a friend and to be able to work with him side by side. I think everybody that's ever met him feels the same way."
Woolard said he called USF coach Skip Holtz on Friday afternoon to tell him Selmon had suffered a stroke, and the team was made aware last night, and that Selmon's health was part of the team's chapel service Saturday morning.
USF's football team visited the College Football Hall of Fame on Friday and saw Selmon among the honorees. With uncertainty as to the details of his health
"We're aware he's in the hospital. We know it's serious. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and we're hopeful for a full recovery," said Woolard, who spent an hour with Selmon on Thursday. "He was excited about coming here and planning on coming up (Saturday) to be a part of this. I told him I couldn't have scheduled this game without Lee Roy Selmon because we probably wouldn't have football at USF without what you did to bring football to USF."
Genshaft said Selmon has had a positive presence around not only the football team, but all of USF's student-athletes.
"He was passionate about Tampa Bay and USF. His wife worked at USF, his kids worked at USF," Genshaft said. "He is loved. He is absolutely loved. ... The fans are going to yell so loud that Lee Roy will hear them."