Four USF Greats to Be Inducted Into HOF

On Friday, four USF greats will be inducted into it's Hall of Fame at the T. Pepin Hospitality Center on the Bulls campus and has all the details!

TAMPA, FL---On Friday evening, it'll be an unforgettable night for a few South Florida greats who gave their all to the Bulls program during their respected time and stay in Tampa Bay.

Former Bulls that include Bobby Paschal, Marquel Blackwell, Chris Heintz and Dayana Octavien, will all be inducted into USF's Hall of Fame at the T. Pepin Hospitality Center on campus by The University of South Florida's Athletic Department.

Paschal, who served as the men's basketball coach from 1986-96, served as an assistant to the athletic director from 1996-2004 as well. Paschal took the Bulls to the NCAA tournament for the first two times in school history and took South Florida to four postseason tournaments overall. Paschal sits atop with the most career wins in school history as the men's head basketball coach with 127.

Marquel Blackwell started under center at quarterback for South Florida from 1999-2002. Blackwell still holds the records for passing touchdowns (67), completions (795), attempts (1,417) and passing yards (9,108) for the Bulls. To say the least, Blackwell was extraordinary, recording a 30-12 record in his time spent in Tampa Bay, while leading them to their first nine win season in school history as well. Blackwell currently serves as the Director of Player Development for Willie Taggart's program.

Chris Heintz was a three year starter on the diamond from 1993-96 for the South Florida Bulls, splitting time between shortstop and third base. Heintz had an eye for the ball in his time spent in Tampa Bay, never finishing below a batting average of .300. Heintz career average at the plate was .310 as well, recording over 767 career at bats. In his last year wearing the Bulls uniform, Heintz was flat out dominant, hitting .400 with 16 home runs and 95 RBI's helping USF earn a Conference USA title. Heintz currently sits fourth on USF's single-season batting average list and fifth in career RBI's with 195.

Dayana Octavien currently holds a trio of records in track and field. Dayana suited up for the Bulls from 2000-04 as a throws specialist. The Florida native set the hammer throw record in her first year in Tampa Bay with a toss of 172-6. As years went on, she improved drastically, recording her best throw of 209-10, which is first all-time at USF. Aside from the hammer throw, Dayana holds the discus record at 191-9 and the indoor weight throw at 69-9-5. The former two-time All-American won five Conference-USA titles in her years competing for the Bulls. Octavien is one of three bulls to be named to the C-USA All-Decade Team in 2004-05.

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