It has been rumored that the University of South Florida Bulls have lofty aspirations of turning the "Big Three" of college sports teams in the Sunshine State (UF, FSU and UM) into the "Big Four."
When told of this nasty rumor the response I got from one UM fan (below) who was at the UM-USF football game in 2009 was: "U gotta be kidding me, right?" He then proceeded to take a swig off both of his beers and LOL at the idea of the Bulls joining this exclusive club. Clearly this guy not only knew how to get his groove on but also knew what he was talking about!
As I thought of the idea of USF making the big time the first thoughts that came to my mind were "Surely U can't be serious" and "Not so fast my friend!" The school from the 813 in the same category as the five time National Champion from the 305? Child please!
It was just last November 28th and then again on Wednesday night April 28th (hmmm, sense some sort of pattern here?) that your Miami Hurricanes clearly and convincingly demonstrated (in two completely different sports and venues) why the USF Bulls have a long way to go to join the ranks of the Big Three.
Last year over in Tampa on a cool and clear November evening Miami embarrassed USF in football at Raymond James Stadium. The game was never in doubt and the score was never close as the Hurricanes closed out their 2009 regular season in style by grabbing the Bulls by the horns and tossing them to the turf on their home field by the score of 31-10.
If you thought that was a beat down you should have been in lovely Coral Gables on Wednesday evening as the Hurricanes humiliated the helpless Bulls in basball by the football score of 14-7.
UM RS Freshman RB Lamar "The Truth" Miller returned to opening kickoff 98 yards for the first score and QB Jacory Harris threw a 47 yard TD to #47 LaRon Byrd in the second half for Miami. USF was held scoreless until the final minute of the game as UM's third string defense surrendered a late 3 yard TD run when the game was already over.
Oops, sorry wrong sport.
In reality the Hurricanes opened an industrial size can of whoop ass on the Bulls by pounding the ball all around and often completely out of Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Even the Miami Maniac (seen below) felt sorry for the Bulls as UM 3B Harold Martinez came to bat and lauched another of his monster HRs well over the new scoreboard in left field.
The Hurricanes scored runs in six of the nine innings played against the overmatched Bulls pitching staff including five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to put the game out of reach and they Bulls out of their misery once and for all. The 11th-ranked Hurricanes (31-11) hit three home runs on the night on their way to their seventh straight mid-week win and 11th-straight home victory.
Chris Palaez went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in, driving in a single run in each of his first four at-bats. Michael Broad went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Hard hitting Harold Martinez went 2-for-5 with his team-leading 14th homer of the season while Miami's Ryan Perry "Mason" extended his home run streak at home to five straight games with a three-run shot in the fourth inning that broke the game wide open.
Miami starter David Guiterrez (5-0, 4.29) gave up four runs and struck out five in five innings while earning his fourth victory in as many starts this season. UM relievers Echinosa, Grundy and Nazarrio all pitched well in support of Gutierrez.
See what the Bulls don't have are five NCAA football National Championships.
What they don't have are four NCAA baseball National Championships flags flying over their ballpark.
Or any of these lovely rings (seen below) either.
To us Miami fans all that talk is just BS (pun intended)!