USF Football Radio Team Adds Kawika Mitchell

July 31, 2014

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USF Senior Writer

TAMPA, JULY 31, 2014 – The USF/IMG Radio Network team will return some longtime voices and has added a big-name Bulls legend for the 2014 USF football season.

Longtime Voice of the Bulls Jim Louk (play by play) and Mark Robinson (analysis) will return for their 18th season in the booth. The highly respected pair has broadcast every game in USF program history and bring in-depth analysis and perspective to every Bulls’ broadcast.

The longtime Bulls’ radio team will welcome the addition of USF standout linebacker and all-time leading tackler Kawika Mitchell in the role of sideline reporter in 2014. The 2003 second round NFL Draft pick went on to win a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in an eight-year NFL career.

“We are thrilled to add a Bulls’ legend like Kawika Mitchell to an already outstanding broadcast team,” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “Jim (Louk) and Mark (Robinson) have been providing one of the best college football broadcasts in the nation for years, and I know our fans will really enjoy the opportunity to hear from Kawika and the additional insight and perspective he will bring.”

Mitchell’s addition gives the Bulls’ game broadcast team the strength of a pair of standout out collegiate and NFL players to provide experienced analysis. Robinson was also an All-American safety at Penn State prior to a seven-year NFL career that concluded in Tampa Bay.

USF game broadcasts will again be aired on 98.7-FM The Fan, the Bulls’ flagship station, as well as 1010-AM WHFS in the Tampa Bay area. Nine radio affiliates across the state of Florida will carry Bulls’ football in 2014, spanning the length of the state from Miami to Jacksonville. (See complete list below)

Jim Lighthall and Justin Pawlowski, radio personalities from 98.7-FM The Fan, will again serve as hosts for the USF football pregame and postgame shows. The pregame show airs two hours prior to kickoff.

Lighthall returns for his 18th season of USF football and has been on USF’s men’s basketball broadcast team for the past 17 seasons, serving in the play-by-play role for the past seven seasons. The 1990 USF graduate has been working in the Tampa Bay radio market since 1987 and has spent time on the Tampa Bay Lightning Radio Network in addition to covering NFL action for ESPN Radio.

Pawlowski, a former UConn football player, has been on Tampa Bay sports radio since 2002 and has handled USF pre- and postgame show duties since 2007. Pawlowski finished his degree at USF while getting his broadcasting career started and he signed on as a network anchor for the Buccaneers Radio Network in 2011.

Fans can catch Lighthall and Pawlowski on 98.7 The Fan’s “Fan Interference” show weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Louk and Robinson have been the voice of USF football for every game since the program’s inaugural campaign in 1997 – a span of 201 consecutive games.

Louk came to USF in 1983 as the radio play-by-play announcer for USF men's basketball and served as the lead voice until the conclusion of the 1996-97 season when he transitioned to football. Louk has handled USF TV play-by-play broadcasts on SportsChannel, Fox Sports Florida, and Bright House Sports Network, and his career includes nearly2,000 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.

Robinson was an All-American safety at Penn State, and as a junior he helped the Nittany Lions win the 1982 national championship led by Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. Robinson went on to play seven seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1984. He played for Tampa Bay from 1988-90 and finished his career with 15 interceptions after picking off 12 passes as a Buccaneer.

Mitchell played linebacker for the Bulls from 1999-2002 and his 367 tackles still top USF’s career list. Mitchell spent eight seasons in the NFL with the Chiefs, Giants, Bills and Saints, and he became USF’s second-ever Super Bowl champion when he helped the Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Mitchell returned to USF to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary social sciences this past spring.

“Kawika will be a great addition to our crew,” Louk said. “He’s a true Bull, and I know he’ll bring the same intensity to the broadcast booth that he did to the playing field.”

Louk and Robinson also return as hosts for the USF Football Show that will air on Thursday’s during the fall, starting Thursday, Aug. 28, on 98.7 The Fan from 7-8 p.m. Fans also can catch the show on WHIM-AM 1080 in Miami, WZNZ-AM 1600 in Jacksonville, and WAMT-AM 1120 and WHOO-AM 1080 in Orlando.

The Aug. 28 USF Football Show will be broadcast live from Beef O’Brady’s at the Marshall Student Center on USF’s campus. The show will originate live from six Beef O’Brady’s locations around the Bay Area throughout the season in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Wesley Chapel, Lutz and Odessa. View the entire USF Football Show schedule below the story.

The USF Football Show will feature head coach Willie Taggart with special appearances by assistant coaches and players throughout the season. Fans are encouraged to submit questions through Twitter @USFFootball and each show will offer fans plenty of interaction with the Bulls through giveaways and trivia contests for prizes during commercial breaks.


Show Date

Beef’s Location


Thursday, Aug. 28

On campus, Marshall Student Center

4103 USF Cedar Circle, Tampa, 33620

Thursday, Sept. 4

Citrus Park

8568 Gunn Highway, Odessa, 33556

Thursday, Sept. 11

Citrus Park

8568 Gunn Highway, Odessa, 33556

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Palma Ceia

2819 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33629

Thursday, Sept. 25

Palma Ceia

2819 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33629

Thursday, Oct. 9

Temple Terrace

9311 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace, 33617

Thursday, Oct. 16

Temple Terrace

9311 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace, 33617

Wednesday, Oct. 22

South Wesley Chapel

1660 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, 33543

Thursday, Oct. 30

South Wesley Chapel

1660 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, 33543

Thursday, Nov. 13


18421 Old U.S. Highway 41, Lutz, 33549

Thursday, Nov. 20


18421 Old U.S. Highway 41, Lutz, 33549

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Forest Hills

8810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa 33614

Thursday, Dec. 4

Forest Hills

8810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa 33614


Game Affiliates

Tampa: WHFS-FM 98.7 FM/WHFS-AM 1010

Miami: WHIM-AM 1080

Jacksonville: WZNZ-AM 1600

Gainesville: WGGG-AM 1230*

Ocala: WMOP-AM 900*

Orlando: WAMT-AM 1120

Orlando: WHOO-AM 1080

Brooksville: WXJB-FM 99.9*

Note: All of the above carry every game. All of the above carry the USF Football Show except Brooksville, Gainesville and Ocala.


The Bulls return 16 starters (10 offense, 4 defense, 2 specialists) for Taggart’s second season at the helm, which kicks off on Aug. 30 vs. Western Carolina at 7 p.m in Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls 2014 non-conference schedule features home clashes vs. Big Ten foe Maryland (Sept. 6 @ 3:30) and ACC opponent N.C. State (Sept. 13 @ 3:30) as well as a road game at perennial Big Ten power Wisconsin (Sept. 27). USF will welcome UConn (Fri., Sept. 19 @ 7:00), East Carolina (Sat., Oct. 11), Houston (Sat., Nov. 1) and UCF (Fri., Nov. 28) to Raymond James in American Athletic Conference action.

USF football single game tickets, mini-plans and season tickets are now available on-line at, by calling 1-800-GoBulls, or in person at the Sun Dome Gate A Ticket Office. Season Ticket Members may renew their tickets on-line today.

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