Grothe says he's staying positive

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe showed up to the Bulls' media luncheon today, just two days after finding out he had suffered a career-ending ACL injury.

Grothe was upbeat despite the bad break as he spoke to reporters.

"I've got to look at it positively," he said. "I can't get down about things I can't change. It's just a new chapter in my life."

Grothe was at Bulls' practice on Monday night offering encouragement to his teammates, and that's a role he plans on continuing.

"I told them they can't call me Matt or Grothe anymore; it's Coach Grothe now," he said. "Hopefully I'll be coaching one day, so it's good to get this experience now a little bit. I definitely want to try and continue to play football when this is all said and done, wherever it is."

Grothe said he tried to leave all his bad feelings on the field after he was injured in the second quarter against Charleston Southern. He felt his knee come out of its socket and realized he was probably done. He stayed down on the turf for a few minutes.

"I could have gotten up in 30 seconds, but I didn't want to get up," he said. "I knew what was coming next."

The Big East's all-time yardage leader spoke optimistically about how his replacement, freshman B.J. Daniels, will fare in his absence. And then Grothe was asked to reflect on his favorite memories from his career.

"I think just to be part of a team that's done as well as we have the last four years," he said. "I'll be able to tell my kids and my kids' grandkids one day that I was part of it and the start of it. That and beating Auburn on my 21st birthday are probably the two highest things on my list."