No Bull about USF win over Auburn

By Natalie Shultz & Courtney Herrig

The USF Bulls are good, but maybe not good enough… yet.

USF (2-0) had some big firsts Saturday night against Auburn in an overtime victory of 26-23. They became the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for college football games played the weekend of Sept. 8. They also beat an SEC opponent for the first time. Sophomore Defensive Back Nate Allen was the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and Quarterback Matt Grothe was inducted into the BIG EAST Honor Roll.

According to week two NCAA rankings by the Associated Press and USA Today, the Bulls missed the top twenty-five by one and two spots respectively.

USF’s Coach Jim Leavitt says he isn’t worried about numbers.

“I know when we’ve accomplished something,” Leavitt said. “I don’t need anyone to tell me.”

Graduate student Don Surrency watched the game long-distance from Tampa and says USF should be ranked at least twenty-fifth. Surrency says he thinks the ranking is unfair because “USF beat Auburn at an away game and that should be a notable contributing factor” for an increase in their national ranking.

Surrency says the Bulls will increase their poll standings as they rack up more wins against other top-ranked teams. He says higher rankings will also draw in more students to the university.
“More students will want to apply to USF because of the name recognition,” Surrency said.
Junior Vivianne Fleishman says the ranking system is fair and is thrilled that USF is ranked twenty-sixth.

“USF’s football team will only get better,” Fleishman said.

Leavitt shares Fleishman’s optimism about the remainder of the 2007 season.

“I am proud of the battling we did,” head coach Jim Leavitt said after the game. “It was a big win for us.”

The Bulls will go on to play North Carolina Sept. 22 after a break this week.

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8 Responses to “No Bull about USF win over Auburn”

  1. Courtney Allen Says:

    I loved this headline! This article also offered new information that no one else mentioned!!

  2. Natalie G. Says:

    The story is well written. The only thing that stands out is the very end. I understand the rationale of the last sentence, but I think it is always best to try and close a story up with a quote. I would end it with Leavitt’s quote.

  3. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    I don’t get the part about bringing new students to USF, it doesn’t seem relevant. Also, No one speled out University of South Florida before using USF on a second reference.

  4. Christine Wolstenholme Says:

    I really liked the headline too. The story was full of facts about the players and the team, which made it interesting.

  5. Aaron Says:

    The first time you mention USF should be spelled out. You have an interesting lead.

  6. Eric Moeller Says:

    I like that you found the weekly awards and put them in the second graph. Nice job reporting. I agree with Natalie that its usually best to end a story with a quote.

  7. Tiffany Talley Says:

    Great story! Sounds like quality sports reporting to me. I love the quote you got from Surrency. He makes a good point.

  8. Shantrell Says:

    I love it!!!! I love the headline and the lead jumps up and immediately grabs the reader, pulling them in like a fish on a hook. you guys just reeled the reader in to wanting to know more. Great sources, quotes, and etc. GOOD JOB! =)

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