TAMPA — USF won't have to wait until Thanksgiving for a shot at one of the state's "Big Three" programs. USF and Florida State announced Wednesday that the teams will meet in a home-and-home football series, with the first game Sept. 26 in Tallahassee and the return game Sept. 29, 2012, in Tampa.
"This is a milestone moment for our program and a tremendous opportunity for our players,'' USF coach Jim Leavitt said in a statement. "Florida State has a great football tradition and we have a tremendous amount of respect for them. They will present our team with a great challenge and we embrace that."
USF will play all three of the state's BCS conference schools in the next two seasons — the Bulls and Miami meet each year for the next five seasons Thanksgiving week, and USF is scheduled to play the Gators in Gainesville in 2010 and 2015.
"Anytime you can play a quality in-state opponent, everybody wins because it generates excitement for fans of both schools throughout the state," FSU athletic director Randy Spetman said in a release on the school's Web site.
Each school will make 5,000 tickets available for fans of the visiting team. To make room for FSU this fall, USF moved its game at Indiana to 2015. To accommodate the 2012 game, the Bulls shifted a game at Michigan State to 2013, with the Spartans game in Tampa scheduled for 2017.
USF's SELVIE RETURNS: Second-team All-America defensive end George Selvie confirmed he will return for his senior year. Selvie submitted his name to the NFL's advisory board for underclassmen and was told he was unlikely to go in the first three rounds of the draft. "It wasn't as high as I thought I might go, so I'd rather just wait another year, work on getting bigger and stronger," the 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior said. "It's definitely going to be some motivation for me. I thought I had a good year, getting injured, getting triple-teamed and still getting five sacks."
More USF: Former Gulf High and USF quarterback Alton Voss, who did not play last fall, will attend the College of the Sequioas this spring and play for the Visalia, Calif., junior college this fall. Voss redshirted his only season with the Bulls and expects to have two years of eligibility left..
FSU's Brown exits: Second-team All-America defensive end Everette Brown, who led the ACC in sacks and tackles for loss this past season, is leaving early for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound redshirt junior will finish his FSU career second in tackles for loss (46) and fifth in sacks (23).
Information from Times wires was used in this report.