Would you commit to RayJay through 2026?
We knew USF would have to commit to a longer lease at Raymond James Stadium if the Bulls wanted scheduling priority to avoid conflicts such as the ACC championship game. But how long?
The initial term sheet offered between the Tampa Sports Authority and USF to amend their lease agreement calls for the contract to be extended from a five-year deal (with the right to opt out with two years' notice) to a 20-year deal through the 2026 season, with no right to early termination.
It's just a starting point, and right now, the focus is on trying to find a compromise that will allow USF and the ACC game to co-exist in the first week of December. But seeing the growth of USF football in its 11 seasons, how would you feel about locking the Bulls future into Raymond James Stadium for the next 19 years? Is gaining the right to a home season finale worth shelving the possibility of an on-campus stadium for nearly two decades?
That question leads off this week's USF notebook, along with the Bulls somehow leading the Big East in men's basketball attendance growth and a new name interested in joining Jim Leavitt's staff. I should have more links this afternoon ...