Saturday, February 24, 2018
Colleges

Lightning holds up start of USF opener

TAMPA — Lightning held up a season that couldn't arrive fast enough for USF.

The program that couldn't catch a break in 2013 got a tough one from meteorology right out of the gate Saturday night. Roughly 35 minutes before the Bulls' slated kickoff against Western Carolina, teams were sent scurrying to their respective locker rooms as a thin, ominous cell of storms churned in from the east.

The result: a 69-minute delay, putting off the formal unveiling of a team that was advertised to provide its beleaguered fan base a season with far less cloudiness.

Unlike 2013, Bulls coaches entered Saturday night confident their offense would budge and their quarterback depth chart wouldn't.

"I think everybody feels good because we have a quarterback (sophomore Mike White) going into the season. Last year we didn't have that," said coach Willie Taggart, who made his first QB change of 2013 early in the second half of last year's opener, a 53-21 humiliation against McNeese State.

"And not just Mike. I know for me personally, I'm confident with all of our guys because they had a year in the system and they understand it so much better. You expect Year Two to be better because everybody understands it a lot better."

 
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