Bulls now 3-for-3 with NCAA waivers
Good news for Bulls fans from the Fortuitous Bounces Dept.: For the third time this summer, USF has been able to get a football player eligible for the 2006 season thanks to a waiver granted by the NCAA.
Linebacker Marvin Peoples, who transferred from Maryland after one season, has been granted a hardship waiver, allowing him to skip the usual year off that transfers must take. Peoples came to USF to be closer to his home in Apopka due to an undisclosed family illness, much like former Florida defensive tackle Julian Riley, who joined the Bulls in January to be closer to his mother, who has lupus, in St. Petersburg. Riley, too, was granted an NCAA waiver.
Strangely enough, I got to break the news to Peoples, an hour after USF had sent out a release about his immediate eligibility. The coaches hadn't told him yet, but he's all the more excited about reporting with his teammates on Sunday.
"I'm elated to have the chance to play this fall," said Peoples, who will likely work at the Sam and Will linebacker spots on the outside, groomed as a potential starter next season after seniors Stephen Nicholas and Patrick St. Louis graduate.
Add in long-snapper Ryan Bordeau, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility, a major boost to USF's special teams, and it's an impressive 3-for-3 for USF's compliance department and associate athletic director Steve Horton. All three have valid claims behind their requests, but that doesn't always translate to landing a hardship waiver.
As if that trifecta weren't enough, the Bulls have filed a fourth waiver petition, for center Ryan Schmidt, who transferred to USF after two seasons at Kansas State. Schmidt isn't on scholarship this fall, but if eligible, could compete or at least provide valuable depth behind likely starter Nick Capogna.
One more nugget to tide football fans over until practice starts Monday: A.J. Love, a late addition to USF's recruiting class from Bradenton Southeast, has been accepted into the university and will start classes this month with the rest of the freshman class. Love will start his Bulls career as a defensive back, a position he hasn't played since his junior varsity days at Southeast.