Update: Well, that was fun while it lasted. In accordance with NCAA rules, USF will not put “The Team” across the backs of its jerseys, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
USF will go with no names on back of jerseys. It’s against NCAA rules to use “The Team” on back pic.twitter.com/5SmMz6c1pK
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 19, 2014
Earlier: It is not that unusual for coaches to add or remove players’ names from the jerseys when they want to work on changing the culture of a program. USF’s Willie Taggart is working on that process, although he will not leave the Bulls’ nameplates blank on the jerseys. Instead, each USF jersey will read “The Team” on the back above the numbers.
— USF Football (@USFFootball) August 18, 2014
This is certainly something different. Our guess? Fans won’t really love this. We’ve already seen what happened when BYU tried something similar. It didn’t last long.