USF renames athletic center for Selmon

As originally posted here.

USF President Judy Genshaft announced on Sept. 9 USF Tampa’s Athletic Center will be renamed after Lee Roy Selmon, the NFL Hall of Famer and former USF athletic director, who died on Sept. 4.

The first draft pick in Tampa Bay Buccaneer franchise history, Selmon served as USF’s athletic director from 2001 to 2004. He is credited with bringing the football program to the university.

The USF Board of Trustees unanimously approved Genshaft’s request to rename the Athletic Center. Genshaft made the announcement at Selmon’s memorial service at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz.

“[Selmon] was truly a pillar of our university and our community. We can’t imagine the campus without him,” Genshaft said. “Lee Roy Selmon’s legacy carries on at the University of South Florida. It lies in the young men and women who achieve more than they ever believed they could, not just on the field of play, but in life.”

Selmon was a man of dignity and humility, Genshaft said.

“[His legacy] lives in his colleagues who are reminded the great measure of us as human beings is not what we achieve for ourselves, but what we do for others,” Genshaft said.

All 19 USF teams, including the football team, will wear the initials LRS on all their uniforms throughout the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News,, and Tampa Tribune.
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