USF Accepts PapaJohns.com Bowl Bid

USF Accepts PapaJohns.com Bowl Bid

TAMPA, Fla. (December 3, 2006) – The University of South Florida accepted an invitation to meet East Carolina in the Inaugural Papajohns.com Bowl, USF Director of Athletics Doug Woolard announced today. USF (8-4) represents the BIG EAST Conference, while East Carolina (7-5) represents Conference USA.

The Papajohns.com Bowl, an ESPN Regional Television owned-and-operated event, will be played Dec. 23 at Birmingham's Legion Field and will be televised by ESPN2 at 12 noon CT.

Mark Meadows, executive director of the Papajohns.com Bowl said, "We are thrilled the University of South Florida has accepted our invitation to represent the BIG EAST Conference in the inaugural Papajohns.com Bowl. We are pleased to have such a great match-up for the return of post-season football to Birmingham. I look forward to welcoming Bulls fans to the ‘Football Capital of the South.'"

USF head coach Jim Leavitt added, "We're honored to play in the first-ever Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham. Our entire team and all of our fans are going to embrace the opportunity, and we're honored to receive this invitation. This will be a heck of a game and we'll have to play our very best to have a shot at beating East Carolina."

"The BIG EAST is proud to be part of a new and exciting bowl game in Birmingham," said BIG EAST Commissioner Michael Tranghese. "The Papajohns.com Bowl is getting a tremendous team in USF. The Bulls are making their second straight bowl trip and we know their fans are really excited. Coach Jim Leavitt's teams have proven time and time again their ability to beat high-profile opponents and they will bring a great deal to the competition."

Fans who wish to purchase travel packages, luncheon and tailgate tickets may find information on the options at www.GoUSFBulls, but must purchase the packages by calling 1-800-GoBulls beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, December 4. Fans who wish to purchase tickets only may do so online at www.GoUSFBulls.com, beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. All tickets are $30.

USF Athletics has purchased 500 tickets from its allotment for the game and will make them available to the first 500 USF students through a plan adopted by USF Student Affairs.

To receive a ticket from this allotment, USF students must reserve one by presenting valid student identification at the USF Sun Dome Box Office at 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 6. Students are limited to one ticket and must it must be reserved in person, although they may purchase additional tickets alongside their own for $30 each. Once the 500 tickets are exhausted, students may still purchase seats. Student tickets will be available for pickup at the Sun Dome Box Office on December 14.

"Our students have shown outstanding support for our program all season," said Woolard. "We want them to enjoy the bowl experience with us, and we're happy to help make that happen. I know our entire fan base is excited about traveling to Birmingham, and we look forward to painting the town Green and Gold.

USF started playing football in 1997 and moved to Division I-A in 2001. The Bulls joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005 and played in their first-ever bowl game that same season against North Carolina State in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.


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