Bulls, Rays, Bulls: Busy Saturday for Holtz
I'm getting up early to drive back over to Vero Beach for USF's first scrimmage of the preseason at 11 a.m., then driving back home Saturday night, but that doesn't compare with the busy travel Skip Holtz has planned.
Ambitiously, he'll take in the scrimmage until 2 or so, then literally go across the street to an executive airport, where he'll fly to St. Petersburg in time to throw out the first pitch on USF night at the Rays game, which starts at 4:10. Let's hope the Rays starter sticks around longer than Holtz, who will get back in the air and expects to be back in Vero by 6 p.m. as his coaches break down the scrimmage and work to set a depth chart.
We'll have plenty of coverage from the scrimmage -- it'll be a good day to follow us at Twitter.com/gregauman, with lots of notes and hopefully some video (at least of interviews afterwards) later Saturday night.
-- Justin Miller, USF's assistant athletic director for academics and student-athlete development and a central part of Doug Woolard's project to outfit all Bulls athletes with a laptop, has stepped down to accept a position at Temple as director of the Student-Athlete Academic Advisory and Support Center.
Miller, 30, has been at USF since 2005, and the move allows him to return to his native Pennsylvania and be in charge of the academic aspects of an athletic department after working under associate athletic director Amy Perkins at USF.
"I'll have direction of the department, the chance to run my own shop, and I'm excited about it," Miller said.
Miller made it clear his departure has nothing to do with academic adviser Myrtice Landers, who no longer works with USF's student-athletes and has submitted a list of potential NCAA violations for USF to investigate. Miller said "the timing is unfortunate," but said he had applied for the Temple job in April, long before the recent controversy came up, and interviewed for the position last month.
-- The Lakeland Ledger's Tom Zebold writes that former USF quarterback Matt Grothe has reported for camp with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in Orlando. Grothe has already changed agents, by the way, dropping John Phillips and retaining David Canter, who also represents former USF receiver Taurus Johnson.