Bulls win it all in '11? Odds set at 100-to-1
I've fallen into a bad habit of finding little USF morsels and simply tweeting them rather than cobbling them together into a blog post of assorted Bulls curiosities. So while all of you should be following me at Twitter.com/gregauman I do have a number of things to address here on the blog ...
-- Think USF can win it all in 2011? Bodog.com has set its opening lines for the national championship this fall and USF comes in at 100-to-1, essentially putting them in a tie for third in terms of Big East expectations. West Virginia is at 30-to-1, Cincinnati is somehow at 75-to-1 and Pittsburgh is there with USF at 100-to-1. Among other state schools, FSU is 10-1, Florida is 15-1 and Miami is 50-1. Notre Dame, where the Bulls open this fall, is 30-1.
-- Lots of rankings and postseason accolades -- Bulls tackle Jake Sims made Rivals.com's national All-Bowl team after holding Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers in check, and ESPN.com's Brian Bennett crafted a Big East All-Bowl team, with six Bulls -- Sims, Sampson Genus, Terrell McClain, DeDe Lattmore, Quenton Washington and Terrence Mitchell -- on the list. And where does USF rank in Rivals.com's final football power rankings from 1 to 120? The Bulls are at No. 39, which seems about right.
-- USF's Jawanza Poland's high-flying baseline dunk in a loss at Cincinnati made the night's ESPN Top Plays at No. 7 -- you can see video of the dunk on USF's official site. Speaking of Bulls basketball, ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan has the Bulls 15th in his Big East power rankings, ahead of DePaul.
-- Armwood's Josh Grady, one of USF's top remaining recruiting targets, was a guest at Hometeam.tampabay.com, joining the Times' John C. Cotey and Joey Knight for a great chat on Thursday night.
-- Remember Rod Smith and Greg Frey? The former Bulls assistants, who were on Rich Rodriguez's Michigan staff, have landed at Indiana, where Smith is co-offensive coordinator and QBs coach and Frey will coach the offensive line. Remember, the Hoosiers play USF in 2015-16. Another former USF assistant on Rodriguez's staff, offensive coordinator Calvin Magee, is part of Todd Graham's new staff at Pittsburgh.