Catching up: Assorted USF links to peruse ...
Lots of little notes to get to and more coming later. Working on a story for later this week on how former college linemen are able to drop a ton of weight after their playing days -- you won't believe what guys like Lee Roy Selmon and Derrick Sarosi weigh now, just four-plus years after they suited up for the Bulls.
-- Remember Shalon Pillow? The former USF women's basketball assistant, who was on the staff at Hofstra last season, has been hired as an assistant coach at Kentucky. Wildcats head coach Matthew Mitchell was a grad assistant at Tennessee while Pillow played for the Lady Vols.
--Former USF soccer player Kevon Neaves, instrumental in the Bulls' Big East championship last fall, has signed to pro contract to play in Sweden, according to USF's official site.
-- More soccer: Incoming freshman Hasani Sinclair, already named a Parade All-American, has been named to the U.S. national under-18 team, which will play in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland later this month.
-- USF has declined to offer numbers for season-ticket sales in football, but other schools are getting hit hard by the economy, as can be expected. Louisville, for instance, has sold about 6,000 fewer season tickets this summer, according to a story in the Louisville Courier-Journal. The dropoff is noteworthy at Louisville because the school is adding 13,000 seats to its stadium for the 2010 season.
-- Here's a link that will generate some comments: Sporting News blogger Brian Cook thinks that USF's hesitance to accept signee Kamran Joyer isn't a function of his borderline grades, but rather of the school "getting caught with its hand in the oversigning cookie jar." He's using lines from this blog to illustrate his point, but he's not really on the mark -- if the Bulls were up against the wall in oversigning, they wouldn't have given walk-on Cameron Perkins a scholarship for this fall. That's not the action of a football coach who's worried he's over the limit on scholarships.
-- Interesting follow-up -- in response to Brian Cook's blog about USF comes a story from Alabama blog CapstoneReport.com, saying Cook is so far off base he and the Sporting News should apologize to USF.