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USF board member John Ramil calls out Bulls football

Powerful board of trustees member fires off displeasure about South Florida football's direction.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The South Florida Bulls football program has seen better days, having lost four in a row under head coach Skip Holtz and in danger of missing a bowl game for the second straight season. At least one of the school's members of the board of trustees made his displeasure known following the Bulls' recent loss to Temple.

In an email to school president Judy Genshaft and obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, USF board member John Ramil wrote: "Disgusting and unacceptable. We have major problems with our football program." Genshaft forwarded that message to athletic director Doug Woolard, attached with the note: "Hope things are better. Make sure you have conversation with the Board Chair. Thanks."

Ramil is a USF graduate as well as the president and CEO of TECO Energy, thus a prominent member of the school's board. In an interview with the Times, Ramil said on Thursday he just wants the best for his school:

"I was expressing the same feeling of frustration as all the USF fans are feeling. I personally want what's best for all the USF programs, whether academic or sports. I also believe in candid feedback, and I think the president and the athletic director and the coaches need to have that kind of feeling of feedback from all the fans. I've given them feedback on good stuff, too."

South Florida (2-4, 0-2 Big East) is off this week before traveling to play Louisville on Oct. 20.

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