Tune change: What I’ve been told from USF athletics

Posted: August 4, 2013 in Football

A couple weeks ago, I put together a poll to see which song fans would like the most for kickoffs.  The old “All I Do is Win” song wasn’t a favorite anymore, from fans to players.  So, after gathering the results, I sent my inquiries to USF athletics to see what kind of response I could receive from them.  

Get use to it because it’s not going anywhere and here’s why.

Now, I won’t put their names on this blog post, but I sent my emails to various people on the USF athletics staff.  I focused my efforts on the marketing and broadcasting staff, targeting the people that would have knowledge or directly involved with music selections during game days and got a lot of responses.

From the emails, they explained that the song that was the fan favorite from the poll, Bulls on Parade, wasn’t the best selection for the speaker configuration at Raymond James Stadium.  They explained that the music quality wasn’t that great, pointing out the speakers were not positioned well in the stadium to get the full affect.

After the emails with several staffers, I was invited to call one person, fairly high up, on the matter. In discussion, it was stated that the reason for the use of All I Do is Win was primarily for the fan interaction.  The staffer mentioned that it was something that was catchy, got the attention of the students and got everyone in the lower bowl area on their feet.   The staffer mentioned it was something that was easy to remember and was just an overall easy song for everyone to get involved with. The staffer mentioned that the song, Bulls on Parade, did not get a lot of attention when it was played and wasn’t a crowd favorite, adding in that the speakers at Raymond James Stadium were not the best for the song quality.

I then mentioned to the staffer the traditional songs at Virginia Tech (Enter Sandman) and Wisconsin (Jump around) as examples of songs that were selected at some point in time and became game day traditions.  The staffer agreed that the songs were traditions, but even Wisconsin wanted to remove “Jump Around” at one point because many thought it had run its course.  The staffer said the song would probably remain the same because it was has worked in the past using the example of the Jump Around song and it’s bumps in the road before it became the favorite hype song for the Badgers.  The staffer agreed that the on the field results were not that great and the song was almost an oxymoron, it would not change.

The staffer questioned the validity of the results of the survey which I agreed with him, it was a small sampling of fans through social media, but the overall ideas where valid.  There was no talks about opening it up to discussion with fans to get their take on it, instead, the staffer mentioned they would review the song choices, like they always do, but stated that things would not change and the song would be kept as it was.

All of the USF staffers were very professional and listened to my ideas and questioning about the song decision, but overall, they aren’t budging.

So there you have it folks, after enough emailing and calling, I was able to get the skinny on the song choice for kickoffs and a little bit of how they operate with game day music selection.  While many of us are not fans of the song, it is something they believe is still an overall crowd favorite and something that will get the student section up and loud.  They won’t be opening it to fan suggestions like they did for the season ticket designs, so sit back and keep your hands in the air when they fire up that old song.

Thank to all those who voted and suggested songs.  The staffers thanked me for coming to them and expressing the ideas of many fans and alums.  They appreciated that fans were concerned and wanted to get more involved.

  1. RaiderBull says:

    The song reminds me of Skip Holtz and losing. That is why I hate it.

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