Week 11 Preview: Tough Challenge Ahead for Bulls
The voice of USF Athletics routinely puts down his radio headset and picks up the pen to share his perspective on the history of USF Athletics.
Louk has been broadcasting games for 29 years and is the resident historian in the Athletics Department hallways.
Voice of the USF Bulls
The Bulls will make a Thanksgiving night journey to Cincinnati and will face the Bearcats Friday at 7 p.m. It will be a tough chore; a cold weather game against a very good football team. There is now some clarity at the quarterback spot, and that may help the Bulls this week as they prepare. In fact, it's the Bearcats who have the unsettled quarterback situation this week.
Matt Floyd, who played capably in relief of Bobby Eveld last Saturday, will get his first Bulls start. Although he did throw two interceptions, he generally hit the spots pretty well and helped the offense move the football. Eliminating mistakes and finishing drives will be two key goals for him this week. His backup will be tight end Evan Landi, who first came to the Bulls as a left-handed quarterback and would now substitute in an emergency situation.
Brendon Kay continues to fight off an injury for Cincinnati, so the starter earlier in the season, Munchie Legaux, may get the call Friday. Legaux has thrown 13 touchdown passes and is the team's third-leading rusher, so either way it's not like the Bearcats will be putting an untried entity at quarterback.
The site will be historic Nippert Stadium on the Cincinnati campus. Incredibly, the land that Nippert sits on has been used for Cincinnati football since 1901; the stadium itself was completed in 1924. The Bulls have won only once at Nippert in four tries.
Admittedly, it's going to be a little of a strange feeling for these last two games. The Bulls haven't played a regular season football game knowing they were out of bowl contention since they faced Pittsburgh at home on Dec. 4, 2004. That's a good, long run.
You'll see a lot of players jockeying for position in the final two games. Veterans who hope to play beyond college will try to stay on the field and end their USF careers with a flourish. Young players hoping to raise their USF stock for 2013 will have opportunities to do so.
The game will be televised on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. Radio begins at 5 p.m. on 98.7 The Fan and the USF-IMG Sports Network. Satellite radio will be XM 190 and Sirius 123.
This is the final road game of 2012, with the kickoff time for the Raymond James finale Dec. 1 against Pittsburgh still undetermined. Watch these last two games closely. They will tell you some stories about the 2013 season to come.
The voice of the Bulls, Jim Louk, offers his perspective of USF Athletics, both past and present.
For 29 years, Jim Louk has been the voice of USF Athletics.
Louk came to USF in 1983 as the radio play-by-play announcer for the USF men's basketball team and served as the lead voice until the conclusion of the 1996-97 season. He then made the transition to football in USF's inaugural 1997 campaign, and still serves as the team's play-by-play announcer today. Louk will come into the 2012 football season having broadcast every Bulls football game in history - a span of 177 games.
He has handled USF TV play by play broadcasts on SportsChannel, Fox Sports Florida, and Brighthouse Sports Network. His career includes over 1,500 play by play broadcasts of USF events, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.
This series of articles for GoUSFBulls.com began in 2010.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Louk is a 1979 graduate of the University of Bridgeport where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. Louk and his wife Barbara reside in Lutz. Their son Ross is a sophomore in college.