Live Bowl Blogging – Friday

The streets of Charlotte have been increasingly buzzing with activity this afternoon.

A home-made band brass band has been entertaining passers-by at the corner of Tryon and Trade Streets since lunch time.

The number of Bulls fans are much more prominent around their hotel (Omni) than they have been until today. A significant portion of their fans seems to be student-age. (There are some rough looking ones).

The USF Bulls have walking around the area in their green Meineke Bowl jackets in the early afternoon.

Former NC State Basketball player, Justin Gainey was just spotted wearing his NC State sweatsuit outside of Salsaritas in the Bank of America Plaza building.

I had the pleasure to briefly speak with a couple of USF players and an assistant coach for a few minutes. The coach was respectful of the Pack saying, “They are a good team, but nothing that the guys can’t handle.” I would expect nothing less from a team that played with everyone on their schedule the way the Bulls did this year.

The USF coach was also very complimentary of Charlotte – saying that the entire area, particularly the Uptown area, was very nice and that everyone has been very welcoming of the Bulls.