Satisfying Watch Party

USF’s football team makes a great statement in its first game against nationally-ranked Notre Dame.

 

 

From USF News

 

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 3, 2011) – This one was for you, Lee Roy.

 

With the player number “63” of iconic Tampa sports legend Lee Roy Selmon pasted on their helmets, the University of South Florida football team took down nationally-ranked Notre Dame in the opening game of an unfolding promising season.

 

USF Coach Skip Holtz, returning to South Bend, Ind. and the scene of where he played college ball and his father once ruled the football roost for years, watched his team dominate the Fighting Irish on a day that saw long weather delays for lightning storms and a lightning fast defense that shaped a marvelous win.

 

The final score was 23-20, taking nearly six hours to complete.

 

Excitement surrounding the win was tempered some by word late Friday that Selmon, arguable the face of Tampa sports and a former USF athletic director, was hospitalized with a sudden illness. The news was a shock to the football community and Tampa Bay.

 

Selmon played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1970s and 1980s, and was the first Buc selected to the National Football League Hall of Fame. Selmon, who served as USF athletic director from 2001-2004, is credited in large part as the catalyst for bringing big time sports to the Tampa campus.

 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Lee Roy and his family," said USF President Judy Genshaft, who was in South Bend for today's nationally-televised game against the Fighting Irish.

 

Selmon was taken Friday afternoon to St. Joseph's Hospital. Selmon currently serves as president of the USF Foundation for Athletic Partnerships.

 

When word came down that Selmon was hospitalized, the football team put stickers with Selmon’s Buc’s number “63” on their helmets. The team, led by quarterback B.J. Daniels, jumped out to a 16-0 halftime lead. They never looked back.

 

For complete coverage of the game, go to the USF Bulls site.