Plan Your Homecoming Week 2016

by Jessie Santero 


Homecoming Week is literally next week. I know. Where did the time go?

But hey, don’t worry. Don’t stress. Connect has got your back with all the details you need to know for the events.


Night at the Bay | Monday, October 3rd | 7 PM to 9 PM| Harbor Lawn

Head out to the Harbor Lawn to kick-off homecoming week with music, games, fireworks, and more! The fireworks start at 8:45 pm.

Homecoming Masquerade Ball | Tuesday, October 4th | 8-11 PM | USC Ballrooms

Come out wearing your finest, fancy clothes and join your fellow Bulls in an elegant night of dancing, music, and fun. Also, Connect will be having a photo booth at the event so be sure to stop by with you friends so we can capture the moment for you.

Cardboard Boat Race | Wednesday, October 5th | 3 – 6 PM | Harbor Lawn

The cardboard boats will take off promptly at 5 PM. If you don’t plan on taking a boat out, there will still be free food, music, and fun.

Homecoming Concert | Thursday, October 6th | 8 PM | Sun Dome

If you have been dying to meet 2 Chainz your whole life, plan to head over to USF Tampa and attend the show.

Foam Party | Friday, October 7th | 6-8 PM | USC

Head out to the USC for the foam party from 6- 8 PM. Be sure to dress, not your best, for you will get covered in foam.

Homecoming game| Saturday, October 8th | 12 PM | Raymond James Stadium

Cheer on your USF Bulls football team at the homecoming game against East Carolina. Show your school spirit by wearing Green and Gold.

Go Bulls and Happy Homecoming!

The South Florida Bulls versus Retribution

Previewing the Florida State Seminoles vs. the USF Bulls in a season defining matchup

by Jonah King 


For a 3–0 South Florida Bulls team, the college football season starts here.

For a 2–1 Florida State Seminoles (13) team, their season is in dire straits after a 63–20 drubbing by Louisville.

Last year, USF and FSU went to halftime deadlocked 7–7. FSU took over the second half and eventually won 34–14. For the Bulls, they are facing retribution and destiny. FSU is back on the rocky road to becoming THE program in college football they were so recently in the Jameis era.



For the Bulls to dismiss FSU as vulnerable after such a defeat would be a mistake. FSU is still an extremely talented and potent football team that will come into Raymond James Stadium hungry to avenge last week’s loss.

Louisville’s defense shut down FSU QB Deondre Francois and held star RB Dalvin Cook to 57 yards. Cook also had trouble against Ole Miss. Ole Miss and Louisville combined for 8 sacks which points to a shaky offensive line that certainly hasn’t gelled early in the season.

The Bulls are coming off a cheeky win over Syracuse who was their most challenging opponent to date. The Bulls overcame a 17-point deficit in the 1st quarter by responding in the 2nd quarter with 28 unanswered. USF didn’t look back finishing off Syracuse 45–20.

Time of Possession

In USF’s win over Syracuse, Syracuse dominated time of possession.

In FSU’s loss to Louisville, FSU won the time of possession battle in all quarters but the 2nd.

Time of possession is a tricky statistic in today’s college football landscape, especially in the era of the hurry-up offense. USF feasts off of running the “Gulf Coast Offense”, which is an option based scheme that will occasionally take chances one-on-one down the field. For USF, it all takes one play.



FSU would love to be a Dalvin Cook centric offense but Cook hasn’t found his stride in two games against top-25 opponents. If the Bulls defense proves to be elite, they will continue the success of bottling up Cook who torched USF last year for 3 scores and 200+ yards.

If Cook returns to form and runs the Bulls defense tired, it could be a long night for USF and the time of possession factor could keep the Gulf Coast Offense off the field and out of rhythm.

Coming back from down 17-points against Syracuse is promising for the Gulf Coast Offense, but the FSU defense will prove to be a real test of USF’s blink of an eye offensive assault.

Quarterback Duel

Neither team would like this to become a quarterback duel. If it does, the edge goes toward Francois.



FSU’s offense finds itself under some duress after losing senior QB Sean Maguire to injury before the season started. Redshirt freshman Deondre Francois has filled in admirably, but isn’t the second coming of Jameis Winston.

The USF defense will need to force Francois into making mistakes and containing his scrambling if he breaks out of the pocket.

FSU’s goal will be to force USF’s QB Quinton Flowers into long 3rd down situations and become a passing QB. Flowers isn’t a comfortable pocket passer and will break from the pocket at the first sign of pressure.

Flowers best bet is to go deep on the sidelines to Rodney Adams and Scantling. In order for Flowers to take over the game, he’ll have to get accurate passes over the middle and stay in the pocket if the running game gets shut down.

The main concern of a pass heavy game is the unpolished throwing mechanics of Francois and Flowers leading to errand passes and turnovers.


Expect a war of attrition.

To avoid becoming a one dimensional team, USF will go to running back Marlon Mack early and often, in hopes he will take off. If that happens, the horses will be unleashed, and FSU will be in trouble because Darius Tice and D’Ernest Johnson will be laying in wait ready to pounce.

FSU will do the same with a heavy dose of Dalvin Cook and he’s a beast on his own merit. If Cook gets going early, this will open up play action for Francois and time in the pocket to pick apart the Bulls secondary.

It’s hard to bet against the Nole’s, but it’s just as difficult to count the Bulls out with how scrappy their play has been.

If FSU coach Jimbo Fisher does his homework, he should be able to exploit the weak points in the Bulls passing game and pass defense, as long as the Noles limit their mistakes. The Bulls capitalize on their opponents getting caught in misdirection plays and weak arm tackles.



The case for USF is certainly there. The swagger and personality is definitely there, plus the vengeance of last year’s loss, but football is here and now, and FSU has their own frustrations to take out on USF following a loss. A second straight FSU loss would plummet their season.

In other words, the young college football season is on the line for both teams. USF seeking top-25 legitimacy, FSU looking to keep their major bowl game hopes alive.

Expect a high scoring affair.

Score prediction:

FSU 43

USF 33

The game will be on September 24th, at noon at Raymond James Stadium, and broadcasted nationally on ABC.

HAB’s Karaoke Night


by Warren Buchholz  

It’s not often that I can walk into karaoke night and find that the entire room is not only sober but also having fun. Not to mention I’ve been dragged to quite a few karaoke nights at some insatiable and sordid joints (I’m saucer-eyed at you, Tampa), so walking into HAB’s karaoke night was a refreshing change of pace.

The set-up was cool with a projector behind the singer(s) for the audience’s entertainment privy to whatever was playing and one in front so the singer(s) could see the lyrics as they sung. And, man, did these folks sing. The best part of any karaoke night is that everyone in the room knows why they are there, so no judgment is ever passed to those who cannot sing. This ain’t The Voice, and luckily everyone knew that.

Everyone cheered in support as the few brave folks got onto stage and belted out the best versions of their favourite songs. And that’s what mattered. It’s hard enough to get up on stage in front of a group of people to do anything. Anything at all. So, to face your fears and sing your heart out, that takes guts.

HAB’s karaoke night succeed because people took chances, and in the long run, that’s all that matters.

Highlight of the evening: Dwayne Isaacs took to the stage with Jerrica Washington to do an awesome rendition of “Killing Me Softly” by Fugees in which half of the room promptly joined in. Good times.

Keep up on HAB’s events here.


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New Music Friday: Best Picks


by Callie Taylor

Mykki Blanco rarely disappoints with good music. Loner is a chill mix of melancholic beats and lyrics that will make you nostalgic for the less happy nights of your college life. (Explicit)

Let’s be real, you knew there was going to be some indie trash in this post. There always is! I’ve never heard of Fenech-Soler but this upbeat song has got me looking them up on Spotify. It kind of feels like a more quirky and down to earth Cherub song and I’m very okay with it.

It’s electronic as heck and the female vocals are playful and simple. That’s really all there is to this one.

I might be biased at this point. I get really excited every time that JoJo comes out with new music. Like, yes girl. You sing, girl. I don’t even care if it’s awful I will support this girl getting back into music. She did not disappoint. Here’s a soulful song to make you feel empowered and crap on this rainy Friday afternoon.

I love songs that make me want to visit California. I’ve never been but this song makes me want to eat tacos and sunbathe on a crowded beach. Of course, without the gross humidity we experience in Florida. That’s the difference right? The humidity?

I am so used to Phantogram putting out whiny indie crap that this is so refreshing I can barely put it into words. It’s still totally indie trash but it’s got more heart and definitely got added to a few personal playlists.

2 and WOAH! The USF Bulls are Off to a Record Pace in their 20th Season

by Jonah King 

USF posts 658 yards of offense, 4 passing TD’s from Quinton Flowers, and 11 punts from the Northern Illinois Huskies are just a few glaring stats at the USF Bulls (2-0) rout the NIU Huskies (0-2)

photo by Jason Benhnken, Getty Images; Flowers had a career performance against NIU

Final Score:

NIU Huskies 17

USF Bulls 48

It’s said in commercials that Red Bull gives you wings. Bulls head coach Willie Taggart said in his post-game press conference that running back Darius Tice seemed like he had drank a Red Bull before the game. If this were true, Tice may have shared a can with every member of the Bulls offense.

The Huskies came into the game as a dark horse 15-point underdog, but as the week’s box scores played out, no program is safe from an early season upset.

Northern Illinois is no cakewalk, QB Drew Hare and WR Kenny Golloday were quite the tandem versus Wyoming in a triple overtime loss for NIU in week one. The Bulls handled their business despite a few rusty mistakes versus Towson.

This game was an opportunity to seal legitimacy for USF this season. After an 8–6 campaign last year, preseason murmurs lead to the Bulls being contenders in the American Athletic Conference.

The beat to Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire” rang throughout the stadium as the Bulls went up 24–0 and prepared to kickoff back to NIU. There was still another 11 minutes to go in the first half. The Bulls sideline was oozing with hype, confidence, and swagger.


photo by Octavio Jones, Tampa Bay Times

To go with the confidence and swagger, the Bulls have established an identity that is hashtaggable.

#GulfCoastOffense #BullSharkDefense

“You can’t swim in the gulf coast, unless you’re a bull shark,” said coach Taggart when asked about the identity of the team.


In basketball, the 2005 Phoenix Suns coined an offense known as, “7 seconds or less”. A few years ago, the Oregon Ducks under Chip Kelly ran a spread offense paired with the hurry up, where defenses didn’t get a chance to breathe let alone substitute.

The trend is that sports are getting faster and faster. The Bulls hit NIU so hard and fast, that despite NIU having more time of possession in the first half, the Bulls were leading at the half 27–7.

From the second USF drive on, junior QB Quinton Flowers was bombing it down the field with reckless abandon and his receivers were winning one-on-ones down the sidelines.

“I like any of my guys one-on-one,” Flowers said. And he should. Flowers has a bevy of talent surrounding him. Wide receivers Rodney Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught 5 balls apiece. Scantling is a big target at 6’5. Adams displayed breakneck speed. Star running back Marlon Mack was suited up and available according to Taggart but was held out of the game after getting dinged up with a possible concussion in week 1. In Mack’s precautionary absence, Darius Tice and D’Ernest Johnson proved they were more than capable combining for 212 yards on the ground.

The Bulls offense is predicated on option runs, sweeps, and Flowers ability to scramble and get the ball deep.

Going forward with matchups against Syracuse and FSU, the Gulf Coast offense will be tested against better talent. The depth and endurance of the Bulls defense will be strained if the offense doesn’t play more possession ball.

Huskies outclassed

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After two weeks of college football upsets and near upsets, the Northern Illinois Huskies were not a team to take lightly.

Huskies Senior QB Drew Hare, WR Kenny Golloday, and All-American CB Shawun Lurry, were among the guys too watch. Lurry was hurt early. Hare took a hard hit in his endzone for a near safety in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Hare was carted off with a leg injury.

Golloday (4 rec, 43 yds) spent most of the game contained by Bulls corner Deatrick Nichols. The only Huskies player with moderate success was WR Aregero Turner who scored twice.

The Huskies are coming off an 8–6 season in the Mid-American Conference. They’ll get a shot at their first win against San Diego State in their first home contest.


photo by Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports

There’s tempered expectations for Flowers going into his second season as the full-time starter for the Bulls.

Flowers had a career game against NIU going 21–33, 350 passing yds, 4 TD’s, 0 INT’s, and picking up 53 yds on the ground for good measure. Flowers had a career day setting personal bests in completions, attempts, and longest pass (73).

The throwing mechanics aren’t polished, and Flowers still avoids throwing over the middle of the field, but Flowers 3rd TD pass showed potential of him threading the needle. Flowers found Adams in the back of the endzone beating the the corner underneath and the safety over the top. If Flowers gets confident in his arm, Flowers may find his name on some awards ballots.

If Flowers can become more accurate on 10 yd routes, which have plagued him in the first two weeks, and can find more comfort in the pocket, the Bulls offense may find another gear.

Final Notes

from Instagram @jkingminihorse

The Bulls have made a formal pitch to move to the Big 12 Conference

Game attendance: 36,557. Student section: 7,252.

The Bulls allowed 0 sacks. No interceptions by either team.

Red Zone Scoring: Bulls 6 for 6. Huskies 3 for 3.

The USF Bulls head to Syracuse in the Carrier Dome next week, with a season marquis matchup when FSU comes to Raymond James in week 4 on September 24th.