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Flowers is new dad-Bulls look for new start

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While their quarterback accepts the new role of becoming a dad for the first time, his USF Bulls are looking at a new life to the season. Saturday, American Athletic Conference play begins for USF on the road in Cincinnati. It will mark the first time Quinton Flowers takes the gameday field as a proud poppa after the birth of his baby girl on Tuesday.

“He’s a new father, (has) a different perspective on life now. He’s got to grow up even more now and he’s got to do a great job to be a great father, and I know that he will,”said coach Willie Taggart.

Now, Flowers has to nurture two futures. The Bulls season ahead seems a little less daunting of the two for the Junior signal caller. He’ll get the opportunity to learn from the past as far as USF is concerned. Yet, he won’t want to dwell on the recent history of the blowout loss to FSU last Saturday.

As Taggart put it on Tuesday, “That’s in the past, and were looking toward the future.” It’s been emphasized time and time again this season, USF is trying to do something the program has never done.

“We want to win a conference championship, that’s the goal,” said Taggart.

Saturday will be instrumental in trying to keep the trajectory moving upward for the program. Both the Bulls and Bearcats walk in to this AAC-East division showdown with a 3-1 record. For Cincinnati, they will be out for redemption following last season’s 65-27 spanking Flowers and the Bulls delivered. Flowers tossed 4 touchdowns in that meeting, and this year he’s capable of doing it again with the “Gulf Coast Offense” striking more than any other team in the AAC.

The Bearcats have been using a quarterback carousel through four games this season. But that doesn’t matter to a USF defense that looked like poached “Bull Sharks” by FSU who put 55 on the board, rather than what they’ve displayed early in the season (Surrendering 19 PPG in first 3 games).

Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville said of USF, “They have the most athletes in the conference.” And the Bulls will need one of those guys in particular to step up and make plays, and no I don’t mean Marlon Mack. It’s Flowers, who needs to bounce back and show the Bearcats who their daddy is. He was just 5 of 14 passing for 160 yards against the Seminoles, and majority of that yardage came on the first play of the game.

The vision, the talent and the expectation is all there as conference play begins for the Bulls. Now it’s up to Flowers to provide his own type delivery.

A native Floridian who graduated from Clearwater High School and the University of Florida, Chris Fischer has spent nearly 15 years in Sports Televison, including the last five as Sports Reporter and Anchor with the CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay-WTSP. He is a multi time AP Sports and Local Emmy award winner and will be seen this season as a sideline reporter on CBS-TV’s network coverage of the NFL.Chris brings enthusiasm and passion (particularly when it comes to his Gators) to College and NFL coverage to F.F.I.

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Report- Alabama will hire Charlie Strong as consultant

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Former USF coach Charlie Strong has decided on a new role for the upcoming 2020 season, and it won’t be in Gainesville.

ESPN college football insider Chris Low reported Tuesday morning that Strong has agreed to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama as a defensive “consultant” for this season

As we wrote last week, Strong had visited Saban and the Tide about the possible position on his staff, while considering a similar opportunity to join either Dan Mullen’s Gators staff or a couple of others in a consulting role. None of this will affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart.

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Former USF coach Strong to be consultant for Alabama?

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And intriguing item popped up Friday morning involving former USF head coach Charlie Strong and him visiting Nick Saban the Alabama football program.

According to Alabama Insider and radio host, Aaron Suttles, Strong, who was dismissed last December after his third season with the Bulls, was in Tuscaloosa Thursday meeting with Saban and his staff:

Strong had also been reportedly talking with the University of Florida about a possible consultant role, which likely would not affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart

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