Back again: Peoples not leaving Bulls after all
It might not make a huge difference on the football field, but it should help USF with its APR score: Junior linebacker Marvin Peoples, one of several defensive reserves to leave the Bulls after last season, has decided to stay at USF and returned to the team on scholarship last week.
"I wasn't ready to leave USF. I'm excited to be back," said Peoples, a transfer from Maryland who played sparingly on special teams as a sophomore.
Peoples did not participate in spring drills but remained enrolled at USF. He had planned to transfer, but last week talked with USF coach Jim Leavitt about returning and started working out with teammates again. Peoples, who played at 240 pounds last year, said his weight is up to 270, so he might be more likely to play defensive line this fall.
It's good news for USF's Academic Progress Rate score, which was low enough in April that the NCAA required a provisional score for next year's marks for the Bulls to avoid any sanctions. One half of the APR is a program's ability to retain its players, so Peoples staying with the Bulls is one less ding against USF's score.
-- Newport News: The Big East had lobbied to get underclassmen standouts Matt Grothe and George Selvie in attendance, but Leavitt is sticking to tradition and will bring four seniors -- center Jake Griffin, receiver Taurus Johnson and linebackers Tyrone McKenzie and Brouce Mompremier -- to the Big East football media days in Newport, R.I., next week. We'll be there, reporting Tuesday on the release of the league's preseason poll and any other news that comes out of Rhode Island.
-- Women's basketball news: Guard Lonnie Terrell, who averaged just 1.5 points as a freshman last season, has transferred to Marygrove College, an NAIA school in Detroit, saying she wanted to move closer to home. Terrell, from nearby Inkster, Mich., hit just 12.1 percent of her 3-point attempts and barely played against Big East competition, totaling five points in 18 Big East regular-season games. Looks like USF coach Jose Fernandez had anticipated this, signing three junior college guards in the late signing period. Terrell is the fourth scholarship USF women's basketball player in the last 14 months to transfer to a Division II or NAIA school, joining Stephanie Sarosi, Caitlyn Mitryk and Gianna Messina.