EL PASO, Texas - Following Monday's Sun Bowl loss to Oregon, the University of South Florida's football program officially switched its allegiance from Nike to Under Armour.
USF and Under Armour have agreed to a five-year deal worth about $3 million, making Under Armour the school's official shoe, outerwear and performance apparel outfitter.
The $3 million figure includes compensation to Coach Jim Leavitt and Under Armour products. The football team wore Nike uniforms in the Sun Bowl, but wore Under Armour sweats following the game.
SELVIE FALLS SHORT: USF sophomore DE George Selvie failed to record a tackle for loss, falling a half-tackle shy of tying the NCAA record.
A consensus All-American, Selvie finished the year with 31.5 tackles for loss, the second-most in NCAA history, behind Western Michigan's Jason Babin in 2003.
"I wasn't disappointed, I wanted to win more than anything," said Selvie, who had only one assisted tackle. "You appreciate getting in the record book, I'm second. I still have next year and the year after that. I want to give Coach Leavitt 100 wins."
FLAG DAY: USF and Oregon combined for 21 penalties and 202 penalty yards, breaking the previous Sun Bowl records.
The marks of 18 penalties, set three times, and 162 yards for Washington-Purdue in 2002 were broken in the first half. Oregon finished with a Sun Bowl record 138 yards in penalties.
WESTERN WOES: USF's game in El Paso was only its second played in the Mountain Time Zone. In 2001, the Bulls lost at Utah 52-21. In USF's three games in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, USF is 0-3, losing to Oregon 56-21 in El Paso, at Utah 52-21 and at San Diego State 41-12 in 1999.
ODDS AND ENDS: Junior LB Tyrone McKenzie finished with 121 tackles, breaking Kawika Mitchell's school season record (117) in 2002. ... Seniors Ben Moffitt, Trae Williams and Mike Jenkins and junior Marc Dile were USF's captains. ... Dile left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury but returned in the third quarter. The other injured Bulls was FB Richard Kelly (concussion). ... Senior RT Walt Walker (knee) did not suit up. Senior Jared Carnes started in his place. ...K Delbert Alvarado made both field goal attempts and finished the season by making 10 of his final 11 field goals. ... Jeff Wagner, the former USF student and tennis player whose battle with cancer and personal mantra "Finish Strong" became a rallying point for the Bulls' season, attended the game. "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else," said Wagner, who underwent a bone marrow transplant to help overcome acute myeloid leukemia. His cancer is in remission. ... USF purchased billboards in El Paso, reading "The Bulls are proud to be in El Paso" and "Join The Stampede." It also included Merry Christmas and New Year's Day greetings in Spanish. ...In the opening minutes, CBS-TV's announcing crew referred to USF as the "Bulldogs."