Bulls confident about young offensive line
Hard to believe that preseason practice is less than two days away, and Wednesday's Times has a feature on a crucial position for the Bulls this fall: offensive line, where USF must replace four senior starters with a young but talented group that totals just 29 career starts. How do you feel about the new line? Who do you think the starting five will be by the Florida State game?
While you're thinking about that one, a few more links to share ...
-- The New York Times' Pete Thamel writes that USF may be the Big East's "most intriguing team," but notes that the Bulls are 5-8 in conference play since reaching No. 2 nationally in October 2007.
-- The Chiefs signed veteran receiver Amani Toomer on Tuesday, which means there's one less spot for former USF star Taurus Johnson, trying to make the Kansas City roster as an undrafted rookie.
-- USF didn't make the cut as a panel of ESPN.com experts "drafted" 40 teams for an imaginary elite 40-team Division I-A. "Let me first apologize to North Carolina, Pittsburgh, South Florida and TCU," writes Pat Forde, who said those programs just missed. By the way, three non-BCS programs were picked before the first (and only) Big East school, which was West Virginia at No. 28.
-- The Louisville Courier-Journal's Eric Crawford wonders where the Big East's buzz has gone. "I'm wondering if the party might not be over," he writes. "I don't want to say it's foundering off the coast of credibility, but the wind the Big East rode after replacing three high-profile members four years ago has died considerably."
-- The Hartford Courant has a big photo gallery from Newport, including a Matt Grothe pic.
-- The Newark Star-Ledger's Tom Luicci asks Jim Leavitt about being on Twitter: "Really, the reason I started doing it is because I didn't want anyone else getting on there using my name," Leavitt says. "But will anybody follow me? I wouldn't think so. I'm boring -- very, very boring."
-- USFnation.com's Larry Weisbaum has inside numbers on USF's top weight-room performers this summer -- Sampson Genus is the new king, both in bench press (455) and reps at 225 pounds (32).