One good thing about South Floridaâ€™s visit this Saturday is that the Bulls arenâ€™t seeking to prove anything. USF has established itself, at least for the time being, as a college football force, currently ranked 14th in both national polls.
The Bulls thrive on the football mania in Florida where it seems there is a vast surplus of quality players. Even the leftovers from the major recruiting wars are highly coveted. They live, breathe and eat football down there, dreaming of it when they sleep.
Play them on their home field, with all their frenzied followers, and you risk being embarrassed, as Louisville has been the last three trips to Tampa. They own the game of football, as far as they are concerned, and you had better be on top of your game, no matter where it is played.
Translator Swaback — There was no live interview with Coach Steve Kragthorpe following UofLâ€™s win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday, announcer Paul Rogers reporting because of technical difficulties.
Despite the problem, it was one of the most enlightening post-game shows in recent memory, with former UofL player and current color man Craig Swaback relaying the coachâ€™s answers to his questions. There were no cliches, no predictable answers, no deadpans.
One had to wonder whether Swaback was putting words in the coachâ€™s mouth or if he was reading the coachâ€™s mind. Or whether Kragthorpe had transformed into a creative thinker. At any rate, Paul Rogers will not have to apologize for technical difficulties in the future.
Westley Unseld â€“ When Westley Unseld was honored as the UofL Alumnus of the Year during homecoming ceremonies, Dean Blain Hudson described him as â€œprobably the greatest athlete the university has ever produced.â€ The Dean got carried away by the moment. Everybody knows that Darrell Griffith holds that honor. Itâ€™s undisputed.
Hudson was right on, however, in applying greatness to Unseldâ€™s athletic abilities. Unseld had a tremendous career in the NBA, being selected as the leagueâ€™s Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in his first season.Â Unseld led his team to four NBA championship series, including a championship in 1979.
Cardinal Gear â€“ Need more UofL stuff to decorate the family room? Make it out to the University Club today for one of the Central Cardinal Clubâ€™s biggest fundraisers of the year. Itâ€™s billed as a Holiday Bazaar but youâ€™ll find more original items here than anywhere else. The Bazaar runs from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. See you there.