A bit shorter: Sunday linkage ...
We interrupt the transcribing to get caught up on links from the last few days. I'd put together a collection of links to stories other newspapers wrote on USF from the state football media days, but USF's already done that, with a handy page on the Bulls' official site. More things to click on ...
-- With Kansas City prep star Nate Scheelhaase committing to Illinois, the top quarterback in USF's recruiting efforts is Miramar's Eugene Smith. How good is Smith? He threw 25 touchdowns with just three interceptions last season, and he's one of 11 quarterbacks nationwide invited to the Elite 11 Quarterback event in California this week, pretty much the best resume line a high school quarterback can ask for. USF is definitely in the mix, along with Florida, FSU, Miami and the usual top national schools, including Michigan and Clemson.
-- Fantasy college football? Unless sacks count, I'm not sure there are many good options for USF, though Matt Grothe's ability to run and pass for touchdowns would definitely count for something. The folks at Fantasycollegeblitz.com have their USF preview up. Again, nothing real new, but another perspective, and I just have fun seeing "Stoors." Is that in the Rockies?
-- Yes, of course, you were excited the first time you got an autograph from Jim Leavitt. But did you record a 10-minute video, then pop it up on Youtube? Probably not.
-- The Times' Joey Knight writes about the summer craze of seven-on-seven football, with USF's Mike Canales quoted, talking about the big crowds that gathered for USF's Sling-and-Shoot camp finals earlier this month.
-- Kansas finished last season ranked No. 7, but the Jayhawks could impressively be underdogs when they come to Tampa to face USF on Sept. 12. The Las Vegas Sun reports that Kansas is a 6.5-point underdog in the early lines on the game, and that no team in college football is projected for a bigger dropoff than the Jayhawks, who won 11 regular-season games last year but have an over-under of 7.5 wins.
-- We had a link in the comments, but SI.com's Andy Staples gave USF some national play, leading SI.com's college football page over the weekend.