What if we told you the creative minds behind ESPN’s 30 for 30 series were producing a collection of USF sports documentaries?
You’d probably elicit a cynical giggle, or even a guffaw. But c’mon, play along.
After all, this is the age of The Last Dance, the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary doing its darnedest to tide us over until a semblance of sports normalcy resumes. In that spirit, we’ve come up with several Bulls-centric subjects we’d love to see developed into 30 for 30 profiles.
We’re No. 2
A look at the surreal 2007 USF football season, which started with six consecutive wins and a No. 2 ranking in the BCS standings before a dramatic fall from national prominence. Early-season triumphs over No. 17 Auburn and No. 5 West Virginia are highlighted, but so is that sobering loss at Rutgers.
What if we told you: A college football program still in the baby-steps stage once climbed to the cusp of the national mountaintop.
A profile of USF softball coach Ken Eriksen, the winningest coach (any sport) in school history. A Bulls alumnus and veritable softball savant, Eriksen parlayed his success and acumen into the U.S. Olympic coaching gig.
What if we told you: A diminutive baseball player from New York decides to walk on at USF, and never walks off.
An in-depth biography of former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers, who overcame a series of family tragedies ― not to mention doubts and disillusionment early in his college career ― to evolve into the greatest player in program history. This one spans two hours, at least.
What if we told you: The greatest player in USF history nearly walked away from the one school willing to let him play quarterback.
A detailed recounting of the events surrounding Bulls football coach Jim Leavitt’s dismissal (following allegations he struck a player at halftime of a game), and the tragic fallout that ensued.
What if we told you: A man builds a college football program from scratch, then loses the keys to it forever.
A profile of USF men’s basketball all-time scoring leader Charlie Bradley, chronicling his prosperous career at Robinson High and his evolution into a Bulls offensive dynamo and three-time first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection.
What if we told you: Once upon a time, USF men’s basketball really did have a go-to scorer.
One for the Ages
A look back at the 2017 USF-UCF football game, seen through the eyes of its participants. Many deem it one of the greatest games of the entire decade.
What if we told you: The most breathtaking game in USF football history also was its most bittersweet.
Saying Bye to the Big Time
Eight years after joining the Big East, USF finds itself in limbo after the conference crumbles. The Bulls join the American Athletic Conference, a collection of Big East holdovers and Conference USA arrivals lacking power-league cachet.
What if we told you: Once upon a time, USF steered its way to the big time, only to lose its rudder.
The Birth of B.J.
In a surreal twist of fate, USF quarterback B.J. Daniels ― a 19-year-old Tallahassee native ― made his first career start at FSU in 2009. It wouldn’t be his last.
What if we told you: A Tallahassee kid ignored by his hometown university ultimately made his own mantra: If you can’t join ‘em, beat ‘em.
Documenting the career of USF women’s basketball star Courtney Williams, who nearly left the Bulls program before blossoming into one of its greatest players.
What if we told you: A career of women’s hoops dominance was preceded by disillusionment.
The Game that Changed Everything
When USF football coach Willie Taggart decides to turn quarterback Quinton Flowers loose in a 2015 home game against Syracuse, a program ― and coaching career ― are resuscitated.
What if we told you: A coach who is one defeat from dismissal made a radical decision that changed the trajectory of his program, and his life.