Bulls Highlights

General Information

Conference: American Athletic Conference
NCAA Division: Division 1
City: Tampa, Florida
Stadium:Raymond James Stadium


  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Titles:
  • Divisional Championships: 1

Past Conferences:

  • Conference USA (2003-2004).
  • Big East (2005-2012).

South Florida Bulls Standings & Analysis

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All-Time South Florida Bulls Standings & Records

Passing yards

  • Marquel Blackwell: 9,108
  • Matt Grothe: 8,669
  • B.J. Daniels: 8,433
  • Quinton Flowers: 8,130
  • Chad Barnhard: 4,138

Rushing yards

  • Quinton Flowers: 3,672
  • Marlon Mack: 3,609
  • Andre Hall: 2,731
  • Rafael Williams: 2,253
  • Matt Grothe: 2,206

Receiving yards

  • Andre Davis: 2,136
  • Rodney Adams: 1,967
  • Tyre McCants: 1,856
  • Xavier Weaver: 1,735
  • Carlton Mitchell: 1,648

South Florida Bulls Football History

Team History

The University of South Florida Bulls fielded their first football team in 1997. Jim Leavitt was the first coach and held the position until 2010. Originally the team was Division I-AA.

They started off hot with six straight winning seasons from 1998-2003. They moved up to Division I-A independent in 2001 and Conference USA in 2003. In 2005, they moved to the Big East.


The Bulls played in their first bowl game (the Meineke Car Care Bowl) under Leavitt in 2005. It was their first appearance but, unfortunately, they lost. However, in 2006 they clinched a berth in the papajohns.com bowl, where they beat Eastern Carolina.

In 2007, the Bulls were ranked and reached the final BCS standings. After beating multiple ranked teams, the Bulls were ranked as high as second overall.


Bad Performance Until Taggart

Leavitt was fired after striking a player in the locker room. He finished with a 95-57 overall record and a 3-2 bowl record. Skip Holtz was hired and coached the team for the next three seasons.

Except for 2010, the Bulls didn’t have much success. Holtz was fired at the end of the 2012 season.


Ex-Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart took over in 2013. They also joined the American Athletic Conference in 2013. Taggart was a masterful recruiter. They finished with the top recruiting class multiple times during his tenure.

It finally paid off in 2015, when the Bulls finished 8-5 and earned a trip to the Miami Beach Bowl. The year 2016 was even better when the Bulls finished 10-2 overall, 7-1 in the conference, and another trip to a bowl game.

The Bulls were trending in the right direction, but, unfortunately, Taggart departed the school for Oregon.


Charlie Strong took over in 2017. Highly-touted Quarterback Quinton Flowers was put on multiple preseason watch lists. Strong started off strong, leading the Bulls to a 10-2 record in his first season and a win in the Birmingham bowl.

Additionally, Flowers broke the record for career passing yards, rushing yards and career touchdowns. In 2018, the Bulls finished with a winning record and another bowl birth. In 2019, they finished 4-8 and Strong was relieved of his duties.


Jeff Scott was hired in 2020. The Bulls haven’t had a single winning season under him and he was fired November 6, 2022. Daniel Da Prato was named interim coach.


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What is the highest win total in program history?

In 2016, the Bulls won 11 games and finished with a 7-1 conference record. The Bulls consistently out scores opponents. They posed one of the best run games of all time. They averaged nearly 300 yards per game on the ground. 

What was the worst season in program history?

The 2022 Bulls finished with an underwhelming 1-11 record. They surrender over 500 total yards per game and give up over 30 points per game. 

How many bowl games have the Bulls made?

The Bulls have made 10 total bowl games. They currently have a 6-4 bowl record. 

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