Bulls Get in First Workout at Meineke Bowl

The University of South Florida football team arrived in Charlotte, N.C., in preparation for the team's first-ever bowl appearance. The Bulls will face North Carolina State on Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. (ESPN2) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. The week's activities included a visit Wednesday to the Levine Children's Hospital. Thursday the team will head to Lowe's Motor Speedway and Friday is media day.

(December 28, 2005) Charlotte, NC -- The South Florida Bulls football team got in about 45 minutes of practice at Providence Day School today before lightning forced the team into the gym for another 90 minutes of practice. But head coach Jim Leavitt was not bothered by the forced change.

"We were going at it pretty good in those first 45 minutes outside," Leavitt said. "But the lightning came and it was an easy decision to move inside. I would have brought them back out, but with the wet field I didn't want anyone slipping and pulling a muscle or something like that so close to the game. Of course we had to be careful inside with socks on the gym floor. But, I'm pleased with the workout."

Leavitt and five USF players - Andre Hall, D'Juan Brown, Terrence Royal, Tim Jones and Johnnie Jones spent about 90 minutes at the Levine Children's Hospital this morning.

"Those kids are the ones with all the courage," said Leavitt after the visit. "They've got more courage then any of us."

South Florida will practice again Thursday morning at 9 a.m. before a team visit to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, where players will be treated to a lap in a race car.

The Bulls meet North Carolina State Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in Bank of America Stadium.

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