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Jim Leavitt through the years at USF

Jim Leavitt built the USF football program from the ground up:

Dec. 3, 1995

Leavitt named first head coach in USF football history.

February, 1996

USF signs first-ever recruiting class, a class that eventually grows to 81 players­ including scholarship players and walk-ons.

Sept. 6, 1997

First-ever USF football game — at Tampa Stadium — an 80-3 win over Kentucky Wesleyan

Oct. 3, 1998

First collegiate game in the new Raymond James Stadium — a 45-6 win over the Citadel.

Sept. 4, 1999

First I-A opponent at San Diego State.

Oct. 28, 2000

First I-A win at Connecticut.

Sept. 27, 2003

USF's first-ever Conference USA game was a 28-0 win at Army.

Nov. 4, 2003

USF accepts an invitation to join the Big East Conference in 2005.

Sept. 24, 2005

USF's first Big East game, a 45-14 win over Louisville.

Dec. 31, 2005

USF's first Bowl game at Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte.

Dec. 23, 2006

USF earns first-ever bowl win over East Carolina at Papajohns.com Bowl.

Sept. 16, 2007

USF appears in the Associated Press (23) and USA Today/Coaches (24) Top 25 Polls for the first time in program history.

Sept. 28, 2007

A record crowd of 67,012 was in attendance as USF defeats No. 5 West Virginia.

Sept. 30, 2007

Just 106 polls after moving up to the Division I-A, the Bulls were ranked (6) in the top 10 in the AP Poll. The ascension is the fastest in the modern era of college football.

Nov. 27, 2007

USF accepts an invitation to play in the 2007 Sun Bowl, marking its third consecutive season with a bowl appearance.

Aug. 16, 2008

The Associated Press Preseason Poll is announced and has the Bulls ranked No. 19. A couple weeks earlier the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll had USF at No. 21. It is the first time that USF has been ranked entering a season.

Dec. 20, 2008

The Bulls win the inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl 41-14 over Memphis and extend their consecutive bowl appearances streak to four.

Information from Times files and USF athletic Web site gousfbulls.com was used in this report.

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