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Posted Apr 18, 2012 by Joey Johnston
Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The University of South Florida men’s basketball team, which tied a school record with 22 victories and came within one win of reaching the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16, was honored Thursday morning by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioner.
County Commissioner Les Miller, an alumnus of USF, read a proclamation that declared Thursday as “USF Men’s Basketball Squad Day’’ in Hillsborough County.
“We’re so honored and so privileged to receive an award like this,’’ said Heath, who was joined by USF president Judy Genshaft, senior players Ron Anderson Jr. and Augustus Gilchrist, athletic director Doug Woolard and assistant athletic director Barry Clements in receiving the proclamation. “Coaches get awards, but the players are what make it happen.
“I’m so proud of our guys, who are doing it both on and off the court. We’re proud to be part of this community. We look forward to more NCAA tournament appearances.’’
Here is the proclamation in full:
Whereas the people of Hillsborough County recognize the value of sports and take great pride in the county’s excellent system of local and regional parks, playgrounds and athletic fields and the wide array of recreational programs for people of all ages and;
Whereas Hillsborough County is proud to be the home of the University of South Florida, one of America’s top tier research institutions offering undergraduate, Masters, Doctorate and non-degree programs which have added to our quality of life and;
Whereas, in addition to its global reputation as an elite academic powerhouse, USF is Tampa Bay’s only Division I university and a member of the Big East Conference, which provides world-class competition for more than 500 scholar-athletes in 19 varsity sports, bringing national and international attention to our region, offering top-level and affordable family entertainment for Bulls fans to play a significant role in Tampa Bay’s sports and economic development portfolio and;
Whereas, the spotlight burned even brighter when the USF men’s basketball squad, under the tutelage of head coach Stan Heath, the Big East 2011-12 coach of the year, took a unique style of play into the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 1991-92 season, winning the first round in one of the world’s most watched sporting events and;
Whereas, tying a school record of 22 wins, the Bulls frustrated their opponents, setting the school’s single-season record for scoring defense and also setting a Big East scoring defense record in this incredible competitive basketball conference and;
Whereas, while their awesome defense captured the attention of the nation, there’s no doubt that solid team play and unselfishness are the characteristics of coach Heath’s 2011-12 squad, a close-knit group of talented and poised competitors who win by creating opportunities for one another while having fun playing the game they love and;
Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County recognizes April 18, 2012 as USF Men’s Basketball Squad Day.
Hillsborough County hereby requests all residents join in honoring this phenomenal team, its coaching staff, university leadership and its legions of basketball fans in recognition of the very positive national recognition that they have brought to this program, school and county.