Thu Nov 04 12:26am EDT
On second thought, maybe USF doesn't need to work so much on the coverage part, which was clearly excellent Wednesday night on Justin Brockhaus-Khann's first-quarter punt to Rutgers' Mason Robinson, so much as it does the tackling part:
The Bulls' failed attempt at an impromptu round of "Ring Around the Rosy" was so bad, even stone-faced Scarlet Knight coach Greg Schiano momentarily lost his mind. Then he lost the game: USF rebounded from the gaffe with back-to-back scoring drives in the second quarter and shut down Rutgers' awful offense in the second half for a 28-27 win, snapping a four-year losing streak against the Knights.
That's the good news. The bad news: Now the entire punt team has to square off with head coach Skip Holtz in a no-holds barred, bare-chested wrestling match inside the locker room that's been converted into a makeshift octagon. What? Only former coach Jim Leavitt did that kind of thing for bad special teams plays? It really is a brave new world.