Potential Opponent Watch 2019: USF


It can be argued that USF’s worst enemy this season was itself. Heading into it’s bowl game, head coach Charlie Strong suspended 11 players, which included five key players on offense.

Well, it’s become evident that Strong is ready to clean house. According to Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times, the 11 players that were suspended and four assistant coaches are expected to be dismissed from the program.

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I really like Charlie Strong but he sure does seem to be surrounded with a bunch of in house drama.

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That’s a coach that does not put up with bulls@#t

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Didn’t he do the same at UT? Is this his thing?

Sterlin Gilbert and Matt Mattox head to McNeese State. USF also loses a QB. Going to be a complete rebuild in Tampa. Natives won’t be happy.


McNeese, odd, but maybe their only option.

Gilbert is the head coach there. Think he felt he needed to drop down to get a top job. Mattox May end up being his OC.


USF Bulls

Head coach : Charlie Strong (17-8, third year)

2018 record and S&P+ ranking : 7-6 (83rd)

Projected 2019 record and S&P+ ranking : 7-5 (71st)

Five key points :

1. 19 games into his USF tenure, Strong was 17-2. But the Bulls suffered a couple of injuries and lost six straight to finish 2018.
2. New offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell won the Division II national title at Valdosta State with a balanced and explosive attack.
3. Bell inherits some exciting weapons: QB Blake Barnett, RB Jordan Cronkrite, and explosive WR Randall St. Felix, among others.
4. The defense has lots to replace and wasn’t very good at getting off the field when it had the chance. The secondary has massive potential, though.
5. The Bulls are projected in the middle of the AAC pack and could replicate last year’s seven wins. That’s … fine, I guess?

Same ole Strong team. He wants discipline but does not know how to instill the culture and
surround himself with the right recruits.

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During the 2017-18 academic year, USF Athletics consisted of 3,185 donors who graciously gave financial support to the athletic department. USF saw an increase in donor membership to 3,400 thus far this academic year and have set a goal of 4,000 members, which would be an all-time high and move USF into the top half of all universities in the American Athletic Conference. The goal of the Drive for 4,000 campaign is simple – increase the number of fans who support USF Athletics to the highest number of donors in a single year.


Right up there with PVAM. What is the purpose?

If you’re going to take 2 for 1s, you have to fill the schedule with FCS opponents to fill in the home schedule.

I thought that as a conference we would avoid playing the little schools for SOS reasons. It does nothing for us as it is a scrimmage essentially.

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It seems that the strategy has now changed after landing the TV contract. Between Aresco’s comments a few weeks ago and schools accepting more 2 for 1’s, the push for Power6 almost seems dead.