To honor the legacy of Lee Roy Selmon, USF president Judy Genshaft announced Friday that the USF's athletics facility is being renamed in his honor ‘The Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center at the University of South Florida.'
Selmon, the former Bucs star and Hall of Fame football player, who also played a huge role in bringing football to USF passed away Sunday after having a stroke. Selmon was part of the USF program since 1993 and was USF's athletic director from 2001 through 2004, before stepping down for health reasons but was still a big part of USF athletics, and was noted for his role in getting USF into the Big East Conference.
The Bulls wore No. 63 decals on their helmets in Saturday's win over Notre Dame, to honor Selmon, and renaming the athletic building in his honor is just one of the ways the University plans to honor Selmon:
- The football team will wear a number 63 decal on their helmets for all football games
- All 19 USF teams, including the football team, will wear the initials LRS on all uniforms in all games throughout the 2011-12 year
- The university has created a number 63 flag which the football team and spirit squads will carry onto the field for all home and away games
- The number 63 will be painted onto the field in two locations for Saturday's game
- 40,000+ number 63/Lee Roy Selmon decals will be distributed to all fans to be worn at Saturday's game
- Saturday's Official Game-Day souvenir program will feature Lee Roy on its cover and in a special insert
- Saturday's game will include a moment of silence and video tribute to Lee Roy (approximately 6:45 p.m.)
- USF, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Sports Authority have designated a space at Raymond James Stadium for a temporary memorial to Lee Roy. People wishing to leave tributes are free to place flowers, cards or remembrances on the tree-shaded mound in the middle of the mass transit drop-off turnaround on Dale Mabry. Map to Selmon tribute drop off location