The South Florida Bulls began the season with such promise, but the program’s 7-0 record quickly diminished over the course of two months. Not only did they lose six consecutive games to end the year, they were downright embarrassed in the Gasparilla Bowl by Marshall.
It can be argued that USF’s worst enemy this season was itself. Heading into it’s bowl game, head coach Charlie Strong suspended 11 players, which included five key players on offense.
Well, it’s become evident that Strong is ready to clean house. According to Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times, the 11 players that were suspended and four assistant coaches are expected to be dismissed from the program.
BREAKING: The Bulls' house-cleaning has begun. 11 players suspended from bowl game not expected back. Neither are four assistants. https://t.co/SjiEzspybN
— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) December 22, 2018
Following the game, Strong told reporters “A lot of guys will be leaving. We need a good washing.”
Earlier indications state that USF withheld players due to violation of team rules. These problems reportedly began after the team’s blowout loss to the Houston Cougars.
Nonetheless, Strong is trying to send an emphatic message to the rest of his locker room with this move.
Last season was a tremendous success for the Bulls, finishing with a 10-2 record and bowl game victory. However, it’s hard to view this year as anything but a step in the wrong direction.