Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF Bulls football could be destined to face coach's former team in bowl

There’s a chance Skip Holtz would face his old team if USF becomes bowl eligible.

Associated Press

There’s a chance Skip Holtz would face his old team if USF becomes bowl eligible.

TAMPA — Any bowl speculation should be prefaced with a reminder that USF needs another win just to be bowl eligible. But if that happens, the game that still matches up best for the Bulls is the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, which could provide an interesting storyline for its Dec. 20 kickoff: Skip Holtz vs. East Carolina.

The Conference USA side of the BOB is looking more and more like the winner of Saturday's ECU-Marshall game; both are 5-6, so the winner will be bowl eligible, the loser done for the year. An invitation could be extended even this weekend, to help with ticket sales since the game is early in the bowl lineup.

If the Bulls can get win No. 6 — and that's still a big if, with games against Louisville and West Virginia and QB B.J. Daniels' status uncertain due to a shoulder injury — then having Holtz against his old team would be the best sell the bowl could ask for.

Holtz, in his second season with the Bulls, wouldn't like the prospect of getting a win at the expense of his former players. USF wouldn't do anything to resist placement in St. Petersburg, where the most Bulls fans have the chance to see them play. And with UCF now out of bowl contention, USF is the only local option for St. Pete as well.

ECU has bounced back from a 1-4 start — those losses were to South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Houston (all now ranked) and North Carolina. The Pirates defense is still suspect, having allowed three teams to score 48 or more, with two wins in which they've allowed more than 30.

BIG CROWDS: USF men's soccer has enjoyed its first season in new Corbett Soccer Stadium, and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission made admission free to all fans in Sunday's 2-1 overtime win over Central Florida in the NCAA Tournament second round.

That helped the Bulls draw an announced 3,029, with fans packing the berms on three sides of the stadium. A bigger crowd is expected Sunday for seventh-seeded USF's third-round match with 10th-seeded New Mexico (17-0-3), the only undefeated team in college soccer.

"It'd be crazy for me not to thank the Sports Commission for this, and our marketing team," coach George Kiefer said. "When Corny (Corbett, the former Rowdies owner) and I got together about the stadium, this is what we envisioned. Packed berms and kids here that leave with a passion for the game."

THIS AND THAT: Former USF pitcher Daniel Otero, now a top reliever in the Giants' minor-league system, was added to the 40-man roster this week. … Freshman PG Anthony Collins, who missed the first five games with a hip injury, should make his debut tonight against Georgia Southern. He'll make it a three-man battle at the point with Lavonte Dority and Blake Nash and might be the best-suited of the three to help the Bulls handle full-court pressure defensively, a problem in a loss Sunday to Penn State. … Volleyball closes its season tonight against Florida A&M after missing the Big East tournament for the first time in six years. The question now is whether the Bulls extend the contract of eighth-year coach Claire Lessinger, who reached 100 career wins this season but hasn't made the NCAA Tournament.

USF Bulls football could be destined to face coach's former team in bowl 11/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 10:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. For starters: Rays at Twins, with Cobb pitching with a purpose


    UPDATE, 12:34: Cash said he has been pleased with Sucre's work and is trying to find playing time for him. ... Cash also said after reading Farquhar's comments about having trouble re-focusing after getting out of a jam and then going back out for a second inning he will factor that in to how he uses him. ... …

  2. St. Petersburg's Sebastien Bourdais vows to return for IndyCar finale

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Sebastien Bourdais was in one of the best race cars he'd ever had, so fast that most of his competitors thought he would win the pole for the Indianapolis 500.

    Sebastien Bourdais does physical therapy at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis. Bourdais broke his pelvis, hip and two ribs in an accident during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on May 20. He plans to return home to St. Petersburg soon to continue therapy. [Associated Press]
  3. Yellow cards stall Rowdies offense in tie with St. Louis


    ST. PETERSBURG — It's not the result they wanted, but it certainly could have been worse. Neill Collins' 87th-minute header off a corner kick was the reward the Rowdies settled for Saturday night during a 1-1 draw with St. Louis before an announced 6,068 at Al Lang Stadium.

  4. Calvary Christian routs Pensacola Catholic to win state baseball title


    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian left no doubt as to which baseball team in Class 4A was the best in Florida this season. The Warriors defeated Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium to claim the school's first state championship in any team sport. It also solidified a 30-0 season. …

    Matheu Nelson celebrates after scoring on a wild pitch during the first inning, when Calvary Christian took a 6-0 lead.
  5. Numerous lapses add up to frustrating Rays loss to Twins

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — While the Rays made some good defensive plays, threw a couple of big pitches when they needed to and got a few, and just a few, key hits, there were some obvious things they did wrong that led to them losing Saturday's game to the Twins 5-3:

    Rays reliever Tommy Hunter says the Twins’ tiebreaking homer came on a pitch that was “close to where I wanted it.”