TAMPA, Fla – USF head football coach Jeff Scott said he was ready not to have fans in the stands for a home game, but the Citadel opener surprised him.
Scott said it was a completely different feeling, but he looks forward to moving forward with people at the games.
8,000 lower level tickets and 3,000 suite tickets for the Bulls’ homecoming game against East Carolina are available for Saturday night’s game.
USF’s first year head coach hopes tomorrow will be the start of something special.
“This is the beginning, right? First game, no fans. Take to the streets, play against two good teams. Now you come home and have some fans,” said Scott. “Hopefully we’ll have a full stadium in two years. That’s just my opinion. There is progress, right? From scratch. This will be the next step in the progress.”
USF’s progress on the field has been slowed by a pandemic and adjustment to a brand new coaching staff, but the cops refuse to let adversity cloud their optimism.
“It’s no secret that we quarantined people and missed games or days,” said offensive lineman Michael Wiggs. “But only having the opportunity for everyone else to do meaningful repetitions. That created a lot of depth and a lot of great opportunities for a lot of people.”
Scott says there is trust in the Bulls’ sideline but they need to convert that into results on game day.
“I kind of said that Bill Walsh quotes, ‘Winners win before they really win.’ There are many of these things that set themselves up, “said Scott. “We just have to make the execution a little cleaner and a little better.”
South Florida (1-2) welcomes East Carolina (0-2) tomorrow at 7 p.m. Fans can also watch the game on ESPN +.