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Catching up on links after the weekend ...

Can't remember last time I went this long between posts, but it's the confluence of two factors: a long holiday weekend and very, very little happening in the world of USF sports. The season has ended for Bulls baseball, but the draft is still nine days off, and I'm making calls on a few intriguing fronts, but nothing that commands a headline just yet. Catching up on some links ...

-- Not-so-good news for Andre Hall on Tuesday, as the Broncos agreed to terms with former Bucs running back Michael Pittman, according to ESPN.com. His addition, along with the selection of Arizona State's Ryan Torain in the fifth round of the draft, mean there are two more players Hall will have to beat out to keep his job with the Broncos. With Pittman, Denver will have eight running backs on roster, and of those eight, the only one Hall is sure to be ahead of is undrafted rookie Anthony Alridge. Veteran Travis Henry has been slowed by a hamstring injury. ...

-- Nice aftermath to the Cristi Ecks story this spring, as Kelly Cox, the 24-year-old certified athletic trainer who helped save Ecks' life after she collapsed during a March practice, will appear in a video produced by the American Red Cross to reinforce the importance of CPR training. Here's the writeup on USF's official site ...

-- We really don't write much about USF's women's sailing team, but the Bulls are in the top 10 nationally on the second day of the three-day Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association National Championships in Newport, R.I., which is also home to the Big East's annual preseason football media gathering in July. The Bulls are ninth as I post this, one spot behind Georgetown for the top showing from a Big East school. Do not, under any circumstances, giggle at sight of the term "coed dinghy."

-- Who will be representing the New York Yankees in person at next week's MLB Draft in Orlando? Why, USF volunteer assistant Tino Martinez, of course. And while I care about the draft infinitely more than most people, I cannot imagine anyone caring enough about the draft to show up in person at Disney's Wide World of Sports and cheer/boo picks as they're made ...

--The Villages Daily Sun talked with former USF linebacker Ben Moffitt about trying to make the Houston Texans' roster as an undrafted free agent. "It’s definitely a pretty neat experience," Moffitt says of the NFL. I wouldn't be surprised if that's the league's new motto by August ...

-- The inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl in December won't be kicking off bowl season. That privilege now belongs to the New Mexico Bowl, which will have a 2 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 20, the same day teams from the Big East and Conference USA will meet at Tropicana Field. The only unannounced pre-Christmas kickoff is the new Congressional Bowl, which could also slide in on the 20th as well ...

-- From the Where Are They Now Dept., former USF catcher Braulio Pardo, who played for Saint Leo this spring, earned first-team All-Sunshine State Conference honors and all-region honors, and will be eligible for next month's major-league draft. Remind me later in the week to do a roundup of former Bulls playing minor-league baseball ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:26pm]

    

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