2017 South Florida Bulls Football Team
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2017 South Florida Bulls Football Team
2017 South Florida Bulls football
USF Bulls Wordmark.png
Birmingham Bowl champion
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 21
APNo. 21
2017 record10-2 (6-2 The American)
Head coachCharlie Strong (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorSterlin Gilbert (1st season)
Offensive schemeVeer and Shoot
Defensive coordinatorBrian Jean-Mary (1st season)
Base defense3-3-5
Home stadiumRaymond James Stadium (Capacity: 65,890, grass)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 UCF xy$   8 0         13 0  
No. 21 South Florida   6 2         10 2  
Temple   4 4         7 6  
Cincinnati   2 6         4 8  
UConn   2 6         3 9  
East Carolina   2 6         3 9  
West Division
No. 25 Memphis xy   7 1         10 3  
Houston   5 3         7 5  
Navy   4 4         7 6  
SMU   4 4         7 6  
Tulane   3 5         5 7  
Tulsa   1 7         2 10  
Championship: UCF 62, Memphis 55
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 9, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2017 South Florida Bulls football team represented the University of South Florida (USF) in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and were led by first-year head coach Charlie Strong. The Bulls competed as members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 10-2, 6-2 in AAC play to finish in second place in the East Division. They were invited to the Birmingham Bowl where they defeated Texas Tech.

Previous season

In 2016, the Bulls had their most successful season in school history, finishing 11-2, 7-1 in American Athletic Conference play. They finished as co-champions of the East Division, but lost out on participating in the Conference Championship Game on a tie-breaker to Temple. They received an invitation to the Birmingham Bowl.[1]

Before playing in the Birmingham Bowl, head coach Willie Taggart was hired by Oregon.[2] Interim head coach T. J. Weist led the Bulls to victory in the bowl game, beating South Carolina 46-39 in overtime.

Offseason

Coaching changes

The coaching vacancy left by Willie Taggart was filled when USF hired Charlie Strong as head coach on December 11, 2016.[3] Strong had been the head coach at the University of Texas before being fired after three seasons.

Sterlin Gilbert was named the new offensive coordinator on January 5, 2017.[4] Gilbert had been Charlie Strong's offensive coordinator at Texas in 2016. USF hired Brian Jean-Mary as the new defensive coordinator on January 8, 2017.[5] Jean-Mary has been on Charlie Strong's coaching staff since Strong started coaching at Louisville in 2010. He was Texas's linebackers coach in 2016.

Disciplinary issues

In late March 2017, senior USF defensive back Hassan Childs was dismissed from the team after being involved in a road rage incident in which he was shot three times. He was charged with aggravated assault and marijuana possession after the incident.[6]

In early May, another USF player was arrested, this time defensive end LaDarrius Jackson, who was charged with assaulting a female in student housing.[7] Judge Margaret Taylor, of Hillsborough County, criticized head coach Charlie Strong's lack of control over his players, saying that she was "ashamed of being an alum." Coach Strong had only been employed at the school for five months at the time of Jackson's arrest and had not recruited either of the players in question. A video of Judge Taylor's comments went viral, and she later recused herself from the case.[8]

Preseason

In the preseason AAC media poll, the Bulls were picked to finish first in the East Division of the AAC, receiving all 30 first-place votes.[9] They also received 26 of 30 votes as the favorite to win the AAC championship.[9]

Schedule

South Florida announced their 2017 football schedule on February 9, 2017.[10]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 267:30 p.m.at San Jose State*No. 19CBSSNW 42-2213,377
September 24:00 p.m.Stony Brook*No. 19ESPN3W 31-1726,460
September 157:00 p.m.Illinois*No. 22
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNW 47-2335,404
September 217:30 p.m.TempleNo. 21
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNW 43-724,325
September 3012:00 p.m.at East CarolinaNo. 18CBSSNW 61-3134,883
October 14 [a]7:30 p.m.CincinnatidaggerNo. 18
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNUW 33-343,708
October 217:00 p.m.at TulaneNo. 16ESPN2W 34-2817,256
October 28 [b]3:45 p.m.HoustonNo. 17
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNUL 24-2832,316
November 4 [c]3:30 p.m.at UConnESPNUW 37-2018,430
November 168:00 p.m.TulsaNo. 23
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNW 27-2026,195
November 243:30 p.m.at No. 13 UCFNo. 22ABCL 42-4947,129 
December 2312:00 p.m.vs. Texas Tech*No. 23ESPNW 38-3428,623
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
^[a] The game between UMass and USF was cancelled. The game between Cincinnati and USF was moved from October 28th to October 14th.
^[b] The game between Houston and USF was moved from November 4th to October 28th.
^[c] The game between UConn and USF that was cancelled on September 9th was rescheduled for November 4th.

Game summaries

at San Jose State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Bulls 0 28 7 7 42
Spartans 16 0 0 6 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Stony Brook

1 2 3 4 Total
Seawolves 7 3 0 7 17
No. 19 Bulls 7 0 10 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 2010 W, 59-14

Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 2 7 0 14 23
No. 22 Bulls 9 14 14 10 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Temple

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 7 0 0 7
No. 21 Bulls 3 17 13 10 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-2 2016 L, 30-46

at East Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 Bulls 21 10 17 13 61
Pirates 10 14 7 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-1 2016 W, 38-22

Cincinnati

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 3 0 0 0 3
No. 18 Bulls 3 20 7 3 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-8 2016 W, 45-20

at Tulane

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 Bulls 7 13 14 0 34
Green Wave 0 7 7 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Houston

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 0 14 14 28
No. 17 Bulls 0 7 7 10 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
2-2 2014 L, 3-27

at UConn

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 7 10 17 3 37
Huskies 0 7 0 13 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
9-5 2016 W, 42-27

Tulsa

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Hurricane 7 10 0 3 20
No. 23 Bulls 21 3 3 0 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 2014 W, 38-30

at UCF

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Bulls 7 13 14 8 42
No. 13 Knights 21 0 7 21 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-2 2016 W, 48-31

vs. Texas Tech-Birmingham Bowl

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 10 0 14 10 34
No. 23 Bulls 3 7 7 21 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP 19 21 22 21 18 18 18 16-T 17 RV 22 23 22 23 23 21
Coaches 21 20 21 17 17 16 15 13 14 23 21 20 19 23 24 21
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Roster

[11]

Players in the 2018 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Deadrin Senat DT 3 90 Atlanta Falcons
Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR 5 174 Green Bay Packers

References

  1. ^ "USF headed to Birmingham Bowl (UPDATED)". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on 2017-09-01. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Oregon hires USF's Taggart to be next coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ John Del Bianco (December 11, 2016). "South Florida hires Charlie Strong". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Allison Leslie (January 5, 2017). "South Florida Hires Sterlin Gilbert As Offensive Coordinator". Sports Talk Florida. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Jeff Odom (January 8, 2017). "USF hires Brian Jean-Mary as defensive coordinator". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Nick Simon (March 28, 2017). "Hassan Childs dismissed from USF football". The Daily Stampede. Vox Media. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Joey Knight (May 2, 2017). "USF football player LaDarrius Jackson arrested on sexual battery charge". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Mark Schlabach (May 4, 2017). "Judge Margaret Taylor recuses herself from LaDarrius Jackson case over critical comment toward South Florida Bulls coach Charlie Strong". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ a b "USF Is The Favorite In 2017 American Athletic Conference Media Poll". theamerican.org. Retrieved .
  10. ^ 2017 USF Football Schedule Announced. February 9, 2017. GoUSFBulls.com. University of South Florida Athletics. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  11. ^ Football - Staff. GoUSFBulls.com. University of South Florida Athletics. Retrieved May 4, 2017.

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