After 14 penalties contributed to the Bulls' 24-20 loss last Saturday at Louisville, Brett McMurphy of the Tampa Tribune decided to look into the issue. This is what he found: South Florida is the nation’s only team that has finished among the top 10 in penalties every season since 2000, the first year the NCAA began ranking penalty statistics.
The Bulls led the nation in penalties in 2002 and were the second most-penalized team in 2001, 2004 and 2007. South Florida ranks a respectable fourth in 2008.
If you total it up, the Bulls average a penalty about every seven minutes over the past nine seasons.