Brewer advances to final in Olympic trials
Former USF standout Chandra Brewer has advanced to Saturday's shot put finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials, where a top-three showing will have her representing the Bulls -- and her country -- at the Olympics in Beijing.
Brewer had the sixth-best mark in qualifying Thursday at 56 feet, 10 inches (17.32 meters) but with the Olympics taking only the top three, that mark was about a foot behind the third-place mark, so she'll need a strong showing Saturday. Impressively, her mark is more than four inches better than her best mark at USF, which was 52 feet, 4.5 inches.
Hope everyone had a festive Fourth of July, and I have a few leftover notes and links to share ...
-- Phil Steele isn't the only pundit who likes USF as a top 10 team in football. Bleacherreport.com has the Bulls ranked ninth in its preseason poll, one spot ahead of West Virginia.
-- My editor Mike has certain pet peeves, and one of them certainly is high school underclassmen making oral commitments for college. He doesn't put much faith in them, and this is why. USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez has lost a commitment for 2009, as Jennifer George, a 6-foot-1 post player from Orlando Bishop Moore, has re-opened her recruiting after committing to the Bulls last summer. George said she's still considering the Bulls but just decided she may have committed too early; there aren't any big schools moving in yet, though George did say she took a visit recently to Central Florida, which has a promising young roster under coach Joi Williams, a USF grad.
-- Again, I really don't think he'll wind up at USF, but 7-foot-2 center John Riek, who cited a knee injury in backing out of the NBA Draft, is hoping to land at a major college this fall. Riek had considered attending IMG Academy in Bradenton, but after undergoing successful knee surgery, he's targeting colleges, according to advisor Fatah Muraisi. Thing is, he won't be able to take the SAT until September, so he'll need a program that will take him long after the fall semester begins. That's not likely to be USF, but could a school like Cincinnati, which Muraisi said is on a quarters calendar.
-- Pinstripesplus.com has a feature on former USF shortstop Addison Maruszak, who is hitting .310 as a rookie with the Staten Island Yankees. Not sure why he hasn't played since June 26, but you can find him here in this cool clip of a pitcher who can throw as a lefty or righty battling against a switch hitter late in a game last month. You can see Maruszak around the 2:55 mark in the clip ... thanks to loyal reader Myron for the link.
-- I'll give the folks at Louisville site CardChronicle.com for a wild headline: "Five Big East Players I'd Like Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern to Kidnap." You don't get more random than a "Celtic Pride" reference, but USF's Tyrone McKenzie and George Selvie make the list at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively. You'd rather have Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt before Selvie? Maybe that Pat White guy? Fun idea though, and I'd be curious to see what Big East player USF fans would most like to add to their roster.