Jim Leavitt built the USF football program from the ground up:
Dec. 3, 1995
Leavitt named first head coach in USF football history.
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.