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USF football team returns to practice after calling off Thursday’s workout

The Bulls took a day off in response to the latest surge of social unrest
USF linebacker Demaurez Bellamy (6) participates in an Aug. 11 practice on campus. The Bulls returned to workouts Friday morning after opting not to practice Thursday.
USF linebacker Demaurez Bellamy (6) participates in an Aug. 11 practice on campus. The Bulls returned to workouts Friday morning after opting not to practice Thursday. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Aug. 28, 2020
Updated Aug. 28, 2020

A day after opting not to practice in response to renewed calls for social justice across the sports landscape, USF returned to practice on campus Friday morning.

The Bulls were among a number of college programs to call off practice Thursday in the wake of social unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Wisconsin.

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The NBA, WNBA and NHL also chose not to play Thursday. Locally, the Orioles-Rays game was postponed.

“Ever since June, it’s been a lot of learning, a lot of listening and lot of supporting for all of us involved,” USF athletic director Michael Kelly told radio station 620-AM Friday morning.

“And I’m pleased with the way that our student-athletes — really from all sports but football’s been the most visible with them being on campus the most — have shared their feelings from the heart, to express their frustrations, do it in a way that their coaches can hear them out, can respond, that we all can. It’s been amazing.”

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