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
I am normally the eternal optimist when it comes to USF football. But with about 3 minutes left, I can't tell you that I thought the Bulls were going to win that game Saturday.
The fact that this was the first-ever USF game where no scoreboard was visible from the broadcast booth may have been a little inconvenient, but I wasn't missing the ability to read it too much about that time.
But this is USF football. It's the team that has been about improbabilities from the start.
It'll be 20 years before they go to 1-A.
Probably never get in a league.
BCS league? Not a chance.
Can't beat Notre Dame. Can't beat Auburn. Can't beat Miami. Can't beat these guys, can't beat those guys.
So should we be surprised about Saturday?
It was a character builder to say the least. Yes, the altitude did matter. Yes, it was a really long flight out there. Yes, Nevada proved they are good, maybe very good.
So now, it's a fair question after leaving it all on the field Saturday in the Pacific Time Zone, how much gas is left in the Bulls' tank for a Thursday night game in the Eastern Time Zone? (Even the Bulls charter had to stop to re-fuel on the way home, after all).
And there's that 2-11 all-time record on ESPN. And it's a Thursday night. And it's Rutgers.
It's important to note that while broadcasters and fans may wring their hands over things like that, the players and coaches are just working to get ready for a big football game. Most everything that has happened against Rutgers and most everything that has happened on Thursday nights has little or nothing to do with the current players and coaches. They're not focused on that. We shouldn't be either.
It's an early Big East opener. Two good teams. Could have come at a more convenient time in the schedule for the Bulls, but so be it.
If you can hit from 50-plus yards out twice in a couple of minutes at game's end in Nevada, you have the ability to overcome some things. The Bulls can overcome a short week.
It will be national television, and some bowl reps will be in attendance (yes, already). It's important for Bulls fans to turn out Thursday night.
ESPN has the TV coverage. Radio begins at 5:30 p.m. on The Fan 98.7 and the USF-IMG Network. National coverage of our broadcast moves over to Sirius 91 this week. Kick is at 7:30 p.m.
If you're on the fence about attending, think about those last couple of minutes at Nevada. You never know when you'll see something really special from USF football. And when you do, it's better in person.
See you at the stadium.
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.