Walkthough: Bulls practice new pregame tradition
TAMPA -- One week before USF's season opener, the Bulls will gather at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday morning, going through all the new game-day details that come with a new head coach.
"We're going to go through a game routine, pregame routine, to make sure on game day it's not the first time we're doing it," Taggart said before Friday's afternoon practice.
Taggart's itinerary will include a new USF tradition for players and fans: a ceremonial walk from the park to the stadium, flanked by fans, much like many college programs do. (Fans need not arrive for the practice run, but next week when the Bulls host McNeese State.)
"It's starting some tradition," Taggart said. "This is a young university ... it's a great way of starting some tradition at USF. Hopefully everyone gets behind it to come and welcome our team. It'd be a bad idea if no one shows up. So make sure everybody shows up, and let's make it great."
The Bulls will vote to choose game captains on Saturday night, and Taggart said he may award scholarships to deserving walk-on players. The Bulls then open normal game-week preparations to face McNeese.
"I've been anxious since we were allowed to get back with our guys," Taggart said. "I have mixed emotions. I go up and down right now. Why? I have no idea. Every year's this way, for some reason. I'm fired up. I can't wait to go. I'm ready to see our guys go out and play. I think they've worked really hard and I'm interested to see how they go out and play."