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South Florida Bulls shuttling back and forth across bay for St. Petersburg Bowl football practices

USF's football team practiced Tuesday morning on campus before traveling to the Renaissance Vinoy Resort — where it will stay this week leading up to Saturday's St. Petersburg Bowl.

Coach Jim Leavitt — who said the Bulls will commute to Tampa throughout the week to practice on their field — said he wanted to make sure the team kept its mind on Memphis.

"I thought last year (at the Sun Bowl) there were so many activities that I was concerned about our focus a little bit, just because there was so many things the guys were doing," Leavitt said.

Offensive coordinator Greg Gregory said the Bulls benefit from playing in an early bowl.

"When you have a longer period of time in between the end of the season and a bowl, you spend more time preparing the young guys for next season," he said. "With the game being so early this year, we've been able to keep our focus solely on Memphis. I think that's the biggest difference. We've repped more for Memphis then we ever did for Oregon last year."

The Tigers will practice at Northeast High in St. Petersburg.

UPGRADE: All tickets for Saturday's game are $30, but because Memphis returned a majority of its allotted 10,000, USF is offering its fans a chance to swap upper-level seats for better ones on the lower level. Bulls fans can bring tickets to Tropicana Field's Gate 1 ticket office between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. today through Friday, or from 9 a.m. Saturday. No tickets can be exchanged at USF's ticket office. Fans can reach the Rays' ticket office at 1-888-326-7297.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

South Florida Bulls shuttling back and forth across bay for St. Petersburg Bowl football practices 12/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:38am]
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