Big news came out of Tampa Wednesday, and it's the kind of news Bulls fans have been hoping for.
It started off when Bulls junior defensive end George Selvie officially announced that he will return for his senior season in 2009, and concluded with the official announcement that the South Florida football program has agreed on a home-and-home agreement with Florida State that will begin in Tallahassee during the 2009 season.
George Selvie, the Bulls most prolific pass rusher and the only two-time All-American in USF history, decided to return for his senior season and forgo the 2009 Draft..
"I want to win a BIG EAST Championship," said Selvie. "I want to graduate with my classmates and our senior class wants to finish want we started. I was part of that first team to play in the BIG EAST and I want to be a part of the first team to win a BIG EAST Championship."
The Bulls were ranked No. 13 in total defense by the end of the regular season and no one is happier for Selvie's return then USF Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham
"We are extremely happy to have him back," said USF defensive coordinator Wally Burnham. "He's an anchor of our defense and veteran leader. He will only get better next season and that will dramatically improve our defense as a unit."
As a junior Selvie played through injuries and missed three games but still recorded 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks while earning first team All-America honors in 2008. Selvie also earned All-American Honors after finishing his sophomore season with 31.5 tackles for a loss, a new Big East record. His 14.5 sacks was 2nd in the nation and his 3 forced fumbles led the Big East. Selvie finished with 58 tackles, 46 of them solo, 12 quarterback hits and 1 blocked kick on the season. He will enter his senior season as the USF career leader in sacks and tackles for loss.
The news got better when USF officially announced a home-and-home agreement with Florida State that will begin in Tallahassee during the 2009 season.
"This is a milestone moment for our program and a tremendous opportunity for our players," said USF head coach Jim Leavitt. "Florida State has a great football tradition and we have a tremendous amount of respect for them. They will present our team with a great challenge and we embrace that."
The first meeting will take place this fall at Doak Campbell Stadium on Sept.26 but the return game won't be played in Tampa until Sept. 29, 2012.
The addition of FSU to the schedule has moved the Indiana game back until the 2015 season when Indiana travels to Tampa and the Bulls head to IU in 2016. Also, the Michigan State game, previously scheduled for 2012, has been moved to 2017.
"Scheduling can be a complex endeavor due to the ramifications one change initiates, so I appreciate the cooperation I've received from my colleagues," said Director of Athletics Doug Woolard. "This is another series our loyal fans will appreciate and will provide another national platform for football program."
The Bulls now have games games against FSU, Miami, Florida and FAU in the coming years. The 2009 home game with Miami is the beginning of a six-game agreement with the Hurricanes. The Bulls will travel to the gators in 2010 and 2015 and also have two games with FAU (2010 and 2013).
All schedules are tentative and subject to change.