Blackwell has five Bulls on Freedom staff
You'd be hard-pressed to find a high school football team with more USF ties than Freedom High School in Tampa. The Times' Joey Knight checks in from Freedom, where first-year coach Marquel Blackwell, the former USF quarterback, has five former Bulls on his staff, starting with defensive coordinator Julian Johnson, former Dixie Hollins teammate Tchecoy Blount and Julian Johnson. Former Bulls receiver DeAndrew Rubin will join the team after he finishes the season with Arena Football's Orlando Predators, and former Bulls center John Miller, helping out at his alma mater, Belle Glade Glades Central, will be an assistant at Freedom this fall.
-- In case you missed it: We had a short note in Friday's paper, saying that news of a Thanksgiving-week series between USF and Miami could be announced within the next month. A Miami official told the Times that "hopefully" an announcement can be made by then -- the two teams are already on the books for games in 2009, 2012 and 2013, and there's openings on both schedules to allow for November meetings in 2010 and 2011. The series is something Jim Leavitt has wanted for USF for a while and would be something of an undercard to UF-FSU in a big rivalry weekend for the state's top football programs.
-- Recruiting update: Tino Sunseri, a quarterback from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic has committed to Louisville over an offer from USF and others, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune. Check back later this weekend for more updates on USF's increasing recruiting presence out of state and why Jim Leavitt was in Texas making visits this week.