Get me outta here, Percy.

Mike Bianchi does his perennial troll of the SEC’s Mississippi members — “If the major conferences were starting from scratch today and holding a draft; UCF and USF would be in and Ole Miss and Mississippi State would be out.” –and enlists USF’s Charlie Strong in support.

“Without a doubt,” Strong told me Wednesday on our “Open Mike” radio show. “With the job we’re doing here at USF and the job they’re doing at UCF, we can go beat those people [Power Five teams] right now. Just think if we had their resources. … The only thing they have that’s different from us is that they are Power Five. There’s nothing else. That’s it. We have as many good players [as some of these programs]. They just have Power Five status.”

Meanwhile, in private, Strong is supposedly singing a different tune.

Practically every week this season, South Florida coach Charlie Strong has pleaded with fans to fill Raymond James Stadium, even making some critical comments about attendance. And every week, USF fans have failed to respond.

Though South Florida is 5-0 and ranked 16th, just 24,325 people showed up (announced) for its last game against Temple and it’s doubtful things will be that much better on Oct. 14 for Cincinnati. That is just one of many frustrations Strong has voiced privately this season about coaching at the Group of Five level, according to a person familiar with Strong’s thinking who spoke on the condition of anonymity. That person told USA TODAY Sports they would not be surprised if Strong got in the mix for Power Five openings, despite his affinity for the Tampa area.

Though Strong’s Texas experience was a disaster, he’s 58-37 as a college head coach and will likely win 10 or more games this season at USF. He’s still a marketable name in the business and has a good track record, a good recruiting reputation and a likable personality. It wouldn’t be a stretch to see him involved with Ole Miss…

LOL. Talk about if you can’t beat ’em…

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18 responses to “Get me outta here, Percy.

  1. 3rdandGrantham

    As a former Tampa resident for years, USF will never be a football power, and the SEC absolutely would take, say, Miss State over USF/UCF if given the choice today. USF is a commuter school, and they will never fill RayJay. The same can be said about UCF being a commuter school and not having the overall support to be a major power.

    I’m glad Strong likes Tampa, however. Very underrated area.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Spot on. Bianchi assumes that an occasionally decent in football third tier Florida college somehow would bring value to the SEC. How? I realize the Mississippi universities are not great, but their presence does link us to the New Orleans/LSU market and, importantly, the Texas market. What value does USF add to the conference?

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Yep. USF adds zero value when it comes to the Tampa market; UCF adds none when it comes to the O town market. Both are all in or saturated on the Gators and Noles, with Miami being a distant 3rd.

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      • Dawg in Lutz

        USF and UCF add absolutely no value to the SEC; so that is why they were both trying to get into the Big IIX. to say they would attempt to get into the SEC is ridiculous and Bianchi is an idiot as he’s making something out of nothing. When USF was in the Big East, the attendance was over 44,000 each game. So, you are absolutely wrong if you say the Tampa area wouldn’t support the team. Additionally, USF is trying to get an on-campus facility so they don’t have to worry about filling 65,000 seats at Ray J. if you were at all knowledgeable about the situation in Tampa, you would know that. Filling Ray J isn’t a priority. Getting a stadium on campus that seats about 50,000, is a priority. if USF gets in a power conference, the fans will show up. Charlie will probably be gone at the end of this season and Frost won’t be at UCF very long either. However, both schools are attractive and will continue to be good. Who cares if it’s a commuter school?
        I lived in Orlando when no one went to the UCF games at the Citrus Bowl. Then they built the on-campus stadium and the fans showed up. Their attendance is solid for them. They would fill that stadium to capacity if they were in a power conference. So, the schools out west wouldn’t want to play games in Tampa and Orlando to gain exposure to the recruiting hot bed in Florida? Or want to have exposure and eyeballs for TV exposure?

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        • Stoopnagle

          The Big IIX. It’s like a throw-back way of describing it. I like it, even if it’s technically bad use of Roman numerals.

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    • Dawg1

      The article is all East Carolina redux as far as I can see.

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  2. SemperFiDawg

    “With the job we’re doing here at USF and the job they’re doing at UCF, we can go beat those people [Power Five teams] right now. Just think if we had their resources. … The only thing they have that’s different from us is that they are Power Five. There’s nothing else. That’s it. We have as many good players [as some of these programs]. They just have Power Five status.”

    Did he not have those resources at Texas???

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    • Russ

      I still think he had powers pulling against him at Texas, for some reason. That still doesn’t explain why his teams were soft and the defense was abysmal.

      I think Strong is a good coach, but his tenure at Texas will always be a head scratcher to me.

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  3. heyberto

    Strong will get another job. He did very well at Louisville, and Texas needed more time. Maybe he wasn’t the guy to get that one turned around, but it was a pretty big rebuilding job when he took the Texas job. I think an argument could be made he needed more time, but you just don’t get that at Texas, whether it’s warranted or not.

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  4. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    Look at Charlie’s agent trying to get a head start on that Tennessee job

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  5. Russ

    I miss Leonard’s Losers. I wish someone would recreate it for the web, or better yet, the SEC Network.

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    • Russ

      Okay, so somebody is trying to copy Mr. Posttoasties, but it’s pretty bad, plus he does things like picking Ole Miss to beat Alabama. Only missed that by 63 points.

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  6. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    “Get me outta here, Percy.”

    Not the topic of the post but, when I saw the headline, I thought here’s someone who not only remembers Leonard’s Losers But appreciated Leonard Postero. Quite a character and we used to see him regularly around town when we lived in Athens. He was a nice fellow and always ready to talk Georgia football when he had the time. He really loved the “Red Clay Hounds”.

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