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Troubadours, Cougars enjoy phenomenal Homecoming

Perfect weather, a new end zone facility, students, alumni, old and new friends and the will to celebrate it all added up to a phenomenal 50-year birthday party for USF Athletics on Homecoming, “Return of the Troubadours,” on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Staged as the battle of the mascots, the event pleased both returning Troubadours and the more recent Cougars. While fans set up tailgate tents and tables as early as 9:30 a.m. to get the good spots, USF soccer alumni battled it out tournament-style in D’Arcy Stadium, to the cheers of friends and family. 

Tailgates sponsored by all USF schools drew faculty and students for fun and fellowship, while family parties with games and accessories all in USF blue took up every scrap of green space around Trinity Hall and the stadium.

To celebrate 50 years of USF Athletics, a dinner took place under a tent in “The Cove” on the west side of Mirror Lake adjacent to D’Arcy Stadium. During the game, a record crowd roared approval of USF success on the grid, including supporters in the new Shields Family Pavilion in the end zone facility. Iconic people from USF Athletics across the years, including members of the first football team, received recognition at halftime.

The previous evening, USF feted outstanding alumni at the Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame awards celebration in the North Campus gymnasium. On Sunday, members of the university’s sponsoring congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, gathered in the same place to celebrate a milestone of their own—150 years since their founding in Olpe, Germany. A large group assembled for a reception after Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese celebrated Mass. Visitors mixed to chat and share memories with the Sisters, many of whom traveled from the Motherhouse in Mishawaka for the event.

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