Charlie Strong: “My Goal Is To Get USF To A Power Five”

Charlie Strong Believes USF Needs To Be In A Power Five Conference

New head coach Charlie Strong came on The Erik Kuselias Show Wednesday morning to talk about USF football. The coach said he believes the young program should be in a Power Five Conference.

“My goal and my vision is to get this program, get this great university to a power five,” said Strong. “We have to get to a power five and so it’s going to take work and it’s going to take everyone getting on board and we’re doing it together.”

In order to join a Power Five Conference the Bulls must improve on some things though.

“The big question has been the defense,” said Strong. “Defensively you always want to make sure you don’t see a lot of points scored.”

Throughout spring practices USF has worked on the fundamentals and getting better at tackling. This weekend the Bulls will suit up for their Green and Gold spring game.

“As a coaching staff we just want to make sure the execution is there, we’re not sloppy,” said Strong on what he expects to see at the spring game. “Going through the motion and just doing their own thing.”

But it’s not just the defense that Strong is making changes to. The offense, led by American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year Quinton Flowers, is expected to be faster than the Gulf Coast Offense.

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“I’ve just been really really impressed with how quickly he (Quinton Flowers) has learned the system and how he’s making the checks and spitting the ball out to the right people,” said Strong.

Fans will get to catch the first glimpse of this new offense and defense this weekend. The spring game will kickoff Saturday at 4 p.m. at Corbett Stadium. A big crowd is expected to gather for the game and day of activities.

Those that aren’t able to attend the game and still stream the game live on the USF football Facebook page or listen to the USF/IMG Radio Network 820 AM where Jim Louk and Mark Robinson will broadcast the game.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.