When the UC basketball team was dominating Conference
In two-and-a-half years, Brian Kelly has created similar "road rage" for the UC football program.
I've been in
As you might expect, Mardy Gilyard's comment that UC's coaches were "licking their chops" to face former Bearcat defensive coordinator Joe Tresey is getting a ton of play, but I think the Bulls have said a few juicy things as well. Consider this nugget that appeared in a recent Brian Bennett story on ESPN.com:
"I don't feel as if these guys have been challenged up front like we are going to do on Thursday," South Florida linebacker Kion
While the Bearcats are ranked in the Top 10 for the first time in school history, we almost forget that USF has cracked the Top 10 in each of the last two years before tailing off. In 2007, the Bulls climbed to #2 before losing three straight games. Last year, USF peaked at #10 before dropping four out of five. I asked Coach Kelly if the Bulls are better equipped for the long haul this year:
"It's hard to say," BK told me. "I think we're both at that point where we're starting to answer some questions about our football teams. They've had a great road win against
Perhaps the biggest storyline going into the game (expect it to be pummeled to death on ESPN) is the presence of Joe Tresey on USF's coaching staff. I asked BK if
"It's business as usual," Kelly told me. "You don't tweak things in your system because you have a coach on the other team that's been with your staff. That happens a lot - more than you think - in the SEC there are coordinators bouncing around all sorts of programs. You may change a signal here or there, but you are who you are going into the sixth week of the season."
It should be a great game and a blast to broadcast. We'll have the radio call beginning with the pre-game show at 7:00 on 700 WLW, XM 102, and Sirius 126.
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