Wednesday, August 15, 2018
USF Bulls

AAC chief: Conference will ‘never surrender’ its Power Six push

The head of the American Athletic Conference unleashed analogies both colonial and contemporary in continuing to push his "Power Six" narrative Tuesday.

Speaking at the opening of the conference's media day in Newport, R.I., Commissioner Mike Aresco remained unabashed — and a tad unconventional — in insisting his 5-year-old league warrants recognition as the sixth power conference.

"I like to use the analogy: We can be JetBlue, which is a major carrier, but it's clearly different than a United or a Delta or an American," Aresco said. "I think the comparison's apt because we're a major conference but we do things a bit different.

"We recruit a little bit differently, we hire coaches differently, we schedule a bit differently. Witness our Thursday and Friday football schedules on ESPN, which has given us tremendous national exposure. But in many of the key ways that matter, we're alike."

Among the likenesses pointed out by Aresco: His schools pay cost of attendance for student-athletes, enjoy similar TV exposure and mostly have competed well against Power Five opponents (i.e. three New Year's Six victories, a men's national hoops title, three women's titles) in the last half-decade.

The glaring disparity: per-school television revenue, where the AAC lags woefully behind the Power Five.

Aresco said his league, which reportedly will generate slightly more than $20 million in TV revenue this year, intends to remedy that in its upcoming media-rights negotiations. Its current deal expires next July.

"We're never going to surrender to the naysayers, and they're always going to be with us," Aresco said.

"These same skeptics likely would not have given George Washington and the Colonial Army a chance against the mighty British either, and we all know how that one turned out. The only failure on our part that would ever concern me would be the failure to strive."

Comments
Charlie Strong: Decision on USF starting QB must come soon

Charlie Strong: Decision on USF starting QB must come soon

For a few days now, we've speculated USF coaches are close to settling — or at least narrowing — their three-player quarterback derby.On Wednesday morning, Charlie Strong suggested that's the case.Speaking to WDAE radio morning ...
Published: 08/15/18
Bulls secondary brimming with Hillsborough talent

Bulls secondary brimming with Hillsborough talent

Based on the daily scrimmage periods open to media, the Bulls appear poised to brandish a predominantly Hillsborough County secondary in 2018.Senior Mazzi Wilkins (Plant) and sophomore Mike Hampton (Hillsborough) appear set at the starting cornerback...
Published: 08/13/18
Bulls softball coach leads U.S. team to world title, Olympic bid

Bulls softball coach leads U.S. team to world title, Olympic bid

  The U.S.  softball team, coached by USF's Ken Eriksen, has defended it world championship and earned a berth for the sport's return to the Olympics in 2020 in the process. The Olympic bid was secured in Sunday's wee hours (local time) when Japan ...
Published: 08/12/18
USF football wants success with no mistaken identity

USF football wants success with no mistaken identity

TAMPA — There will be new football uniforms for USF this season. One of three versions is green and gold. Nothing new there. But the head coach is focused on its new twist: "South Florida" spelled out on the front of the jersey. The same g...
Published: 08/12/18
Bulls softball coach leads U.S. national team to first Olympic bid in 12 years

Bulls softball coach leads U.S. national team to first Olympic bid in 12 years

  The U.S.  softball team, coached by USF's Ken Eriksen, has earned an Olympics berth for the first time in 12 years. The bid was secured Saturday when the Americans edged Japan 4-3 to advance to the gold-medal game of the WBSC Women's Softball Wor...
Published: 08/11/18
Updated: 08/13/18
Bulls display highlights, hiccups in preseason scrimmage

Bulls display highlights, hiccups in preseason scrimmage

As one might expect from an inaugural preseason scrimmage delayed roughly seven hours by inclement weather, the Bulls had far too many picks, penalties and protection errors for their coach’s liking Saturday evening."We have a long ways to go,"...
Published: 08/11/18
USF unveils first all-black football uniform to raves

USF unveils first all-black football uniform to raves

Going by social media feedback, the recent unveiling of USF's new all-green Adidas jerseys had many Bulls fans and players awaiting the other color schemes.The wait ended Saturday at USF's Fan Fest. To employ the millennial vernacular, the response t...
Published: 08/11/18
Sam Barrington joins USF football radio team

Sam Barrington joins USF football radio team

USF announced Friday that former Bulls LB Sam Barrington will join its official radio broadcast team this season as analyst.Barrington, a Packers seventh-round draft pick in 2013 who recently wrapped up a half-decade NFL career, replaces Mark Robinso...
Published: 08/10/18
Preseason debut a real exhibition for Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Preseason debut a real exhibition for Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Earlier this week, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers reportedly dissed rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling by not naming him among the receivers who had been practicing the right way.At least three other guys — including Spoto High alumnus Geronimo All...
Published: 08/10/18
Bulls respond to coach’s challenge with “chippy” practice

Bulls respond to coach’s challenge with “chippy” practice

A day after being called out by their coach for a collective lack of practice energy, the Bulls responded with some passion.And in some instances, pugilism."Most definitely a lot of chippiness," starting LT Eric Mayes said.At least two mild post-play...
Published: 08/08/18