Week 12 Preview: Time to Honor the Seniors
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
Well, that was fast. Three months ago the Bulls opened against Chattanooga. Saturday, they close against Pittsburgh.
This 16th season of USF football hasn't gone like we wanted it to go. As a result, we'll be done early; the season will be over before the calendar flips to Dec. 2.
But while the season may have gone quickly for us, it doesn't diminish the amount of work the players have done. Their season didn't start on Sept. 1 against Chattanooga. Since spring ball, all through the summer, at training camp at Vero Beach, and throughout the regular season, they've lived USF football, day in and day out.
They deserve our respect, especially the seniors, on Saturday. Nothing that has happened this year has been from lack of effort or lack of caring. Nothing.
There are some great stories throughout the senior class. Some you probably know. The star-crossed B.J. Daniels, at the top of so many USF statistical categories. Linsday Lamar and his late emergence at running back. Evan Landi, willing to do anything and play anywhere for the team. Cory Grissom, beating the odds to be ready for opening day after his injury. Maikon Bonani, crushing every USF kicking record in sight. Demetris Murray, shouldering an ever increasing load when injuries mounted.
And there are the stories you might not know. Sam Barrington's fascinating and vital work in Ghana. Danous Estenor's quiet leadership. Mark Popek overcoming injury to fill numerous spots on the offensive line.
It's a senior class that has only one more time to wear the Green and Gold; Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium against Pittsburgh.
The Panthers come in playing their best football of the season after beating Rutgers last week. They will be trying to extend their season; at 5-6, a win will make them bowl eligible. This will be the 10th meeting between the Bulls and the Panthers, tying the record for most times USF has played an opponent. And, as you probably know, it is the last scheduled meeting between the two teams.
The first was Sept. 8, 2001, when the upstart Bulls beat Pittsburgh, 35-26, at Heinz Field. That was a tall order for USF that day, and Saturday will be a tall order as well against an inspired Pittsburgh team that hammered Rutgers last week.
But it's senior day and the Bulls will be motivated. Seniors want to go out as winners, and the underclassmen want to make that a reality for them. Your participation can help make it happen.
Kickoff is at 7 Saturday night. Radio is on the USF-IMG Sports Network and locally on 98.7 The Fan. Satellite radio is Sirius 128 and XM 192. TV is ESPN2.
We will reconvene in three months or so for National Signing Day, but this is it for games for nine months. And for the seniors, unless they play professionally, this is it for games period.
They wore our colors. Let's give them a good sendoff Saturday. They've earned it.
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.