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USF has another opportunity to impact AAC Title game

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While the Bulls chances of seeing a conference championship game ended nearly as soon as the season got underway, they still have an opportunity to make an impact on who will be playing for the title. This past weekend, USF nearly took down Cincinnati, the front runners of the AAC East.

Now, on Saturday, they’ll have their shot at the AAC West top team, as they take on Memphis at home.

Memphis, ranked 18 on the AP poll this week, enters into the game after a huge win against Houston. Sitting at 9-1 for the season, they’re coming in with a lot to play for with SMU and Navy on their heels for the top spot of the American West.

USF comes off of a heartbreaking near upset against the Bearcats, allowing them to rally from 10-point first-half deficit, to then take the game on a 37 yard game winning field goal with no time left.

However, the loss may have done more good than harm for the South Florida Bulls, as it’s given them confidence to compete with the top teams in the conference and some standout play from their freshman QB, Jordan McCloud who threw for a career-high 267 passing yards.

The Bulls had raced out to a 10 – 0 lead early, being led by McCloud (photo above). USF went 71 yards in just eight plays on their opening drive, as Trevon Sands scored on a four yard run to make it 7-0. Freshman kicker Spencer Shrader made it 10-0 with a 28 yard field goal later in the second quarter.

USF’s defense continued in their solid efforts this season. They only allowed a measly 78 yards passing and had five sacks. Unfortunately they couldn’t keep the pressure up in the second half, and the Bearcats rally was led on the ground by Michael Warren II who tallied 134 yards and a TD. Cincy rushed for 200 yards as a team.

Memphis is the clear favorite, however, head coach Mike Norvell does not believe that the trip to Tampa is going to be a cakewalk.

And while moral victories are certainly not what you want to be playing for at this point in the season, the Bulls have the chance to not only make their presence felt in the conference and potentially dethrone the American West leader, but reclaim the “War on I-4” title against UCF the following week.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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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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