USF Football announced an addition to their 2022 home schedule by inviting the Howard University Bison to town on September 10th, 2022. This will serve as the season opener for the 2022 football season for the Bulls.
Alongside the announcement, USF also announced some date changes for two future non-conference opponents. The matchup versus FAMU has been moved up two weeks, from September 23rd, 2023 to September 9th. Additionally, the return trip for UMass to Tampa has been pushed back to 2030, which is 12 years after the first game in this series was played.
With Howard making a trip to Tampa, it will also mark the return of two high profile former Bulls on the Howard coaching staff. Head coach of the Bison is Larry Scott, who was on the inaugural USF football team as an offensive tackle, and played for the Bulls until 1999. He coached at various high school progrums, including his alma mater Wharton High School, Freedom High School and Sebring High School before returning to USF in 2005 as the director of High School Relations under Jim Leavitt. Larry Scott coaches various position groups, including tight ends, running backs, and offensive line from 2006 to 2012, where he was hired by Al Golden at the University of Miami to serve as a tight ends coach.
Scott was promoted to interim head coach following Al Golden’s firing in 2015, before departing to Tennessee under Butch Jones for two seasons, and then coaching at the University of Florida for another two seasons in the SEC. He was officially announced as the head coach for Howard in February of 2020, the MEAC canceled their fall season due to Covid-19, and recently announced they would not play a spring season either.
Joining Larry Scott’s staff, Lindsey Lamar serves as the wide receiver’s coach for the Bison. Lamar is also a Tampa native, and played for the Bulls from 2009 to 2012 as a running back and kick returner. During his time in green and gold, he accumulated 1,346 yards from scrimmage, 1,816 return yards, and 13 total touchdowns. He earned First Team all-Big East honors and was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2010.
After a short stint in the CFL that saw him get a 104 yard kick off return for a touchdown in week 1 of the 2013 season, he returned to Tampa in 2015 to serve as an offensive quality control assistant under Willie Taggart and Charlie Strong. After not being retained after Charlie Strong’s departure, he joined the Howard staff in 2020.
USF’s 2022 non-conference slate will see the Bulls travel to Gainesville to take on Florida on September 17th, then taking a trip to Louisville on September 24th.