But the bright sun didn't deter Osceola and Renegade. The new Renegade is still a little skittish, but he's settling into his role now as was evidenced by a perfect rearing-up for the pregame show. And Osceola obliged us by looking straight into the lens for the opening shot.
|Osceola and Renegade Do Their Thing|
One of the stadium renovations is a new scoreboard... "The tallest scoreboard in college football" they say. Here it's put to good use for the National Anthem (no squatters), and a fly-over by a couple of T-38s from Tyndall AFB.
|Doak Campbell Stadium New Scoreboard|
On the other end of the stadium, they've added new fancy seats, a club section and Rome Colosseum-like overhangs to provide shade and a breeze.
|Doak Campbell Improvements|
The new fans were especially nice on a day like Saturday where on-field temps (where we were) exceeded 100 degrees. These are the same enormous fans as used in the Dick Howser baseball stadium, but they look tiny against the huge backdrop of the football stadium. The cantilevered spears are pretty cool too!
|Doak Campbell Fans and Spears|
Oh, there was a football game too. Charleston Southern probably wouldn't have offered much competition at full strength, but they were totally depleted by a round of suspensions by the NCAA. Their bench area was practically empty when the team was on the field. The lopsided game offered a chance for the second and third string players to get some much-needed game time. Here's freshman running back Amir Rasul strutting his Heisman pose on a run late in the game. He'll be a good one!
|Amir Rasul Striking the Heisman Pose|
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