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Bulls Beat: Football’s next step is on-campus stadiumPublished: April 3, 2014TAMPA — When the torrential rain finally gave way Saturday afternoon, the University of South Florida’s spring football game suddenly had perfect weather.And a perfect venue.Instead of cavernous, antiseptic Raymond James Stadium, Coach Willie Taggart and new athletic director Mark Harlan decided to play the game on campus at Corbett Stadium, normally the site for USF soccer.Instead of zero atmosphere, there was a festive feel with palm trees swaying, the band performing, cheerleaders cheering, students turning out, along with campus buildings in the background. That’s the way it was. And it’s also the way it should be — every Saturday in the fall at USF.The football program was built with great financial care by former AD Paul Griffin. It was nurtured into the big-time. Now Taggart is charged with restoring its relevance by winning championships.Raymond James Stadium has been just fine, but it’s not a true home. Harlan should start planting the seeds for an on-campus football stadium. A 35,000-seat facility would do just fine. It’s stunning what a difference exists when playing on-campus.“It was great,’’ Bulls receiver Andre Davis said. “Everybody enjoyed it.’’“Especially with the rain, I couldn’t imagine how it would’ve been down at Ray-Jay,’’ quarterback Steven Bench said. “The rain cleared out and the students could just walk over. The atmosphere was great.’’Take a bow for a good decision, USF.Then start thinking about the future. It’s the natural next step in making the football program all that it can become.http://tbo.com/sports/colleges/usf-bulls/bulls-beat-footballs-next-step-is-on-campus-stadium-20140403/