UPDATE: NCAA rule nixes USF 'THE TEAM' jerseys

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UPDATE: Sorry, Bulls: the NCAA might like your commitment to the team, but its rules won't permit you to actually have "THE TEAM" across your jersey nameplates.

A USF spokesperson confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times and other outlets Tuesday that having "THE TEAM" in place of players' last names would violate NCAA Rule 1-4-5, and that the Bulls will simply go without player names on their jerseys in 2014. The team had not finished getting NCAA approval before the jerseys were confirmed by Willie Taggart -- see below -- Monday night.

The rule states that "only military service academies may substitute [other] words" on jersey nameplates. Per NCAA bylaws expert John Infante, the military connection also creates an exception for the "Wounded Warrior" alternates used by several teams each season.

See our original post on the "THE TEAM" jerseys below:


You might not be able to identify USF players by their uniforms in 2014, but Bulls coach Willie Taggart wants you to know his guys are all on the same page. 

Taggart confirmed Monday that instead of player names on the back of the jersey, USF will have "THE TEAM" above the numbers. We've seen this move before for alternate jerseys or uniforms that might be honoring service men and women, but this is certainly unique. 

Check out a photo of the uniforms below, courtesy of ESPN's Brett McMurphy: 

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