Close, but second for USF's tennis teams
USF's men's and women's tennis teams earned their way into Sunday's Big East championship matches on their home courts, but the Bulls couldn't stop two top-seeded Notre Dame teams from taking him the league crowns. The men in particular were close to pulling off the upset, falling 4-3 with the clinching point on the No. 6 singles match, coming very close to USF's second Big East crown. ... Speaking of which, USF softball got a two-game sweep of Notre Dame and is 14-2 in Big East play, atop the league standings with two weeks left in the regular season. The Bulls have their final home games Saturday against Louisville, then finish the regular season with a doubleheader at second-place Connecticut on May 4.
-- Jim Leavitt's been everywhere in the past week. At tennis today, at the Storm game last weekend, and even at the pro-am golf tournament earlier this week. Honestly, I know he'd rather be driving around the state doing evaluations at high school spring football practices, but it's probably good to see him enjoying things that have nothing to do with football.
-- Starting to figure out where some of the newly departed football players are transferring. First is defensive end Brandon Peguese, who will play this fall at Division I-AA Hampton University in Virginia, according to the Newport News Daily Press. They list Peguese as a linebacker, curiously. And it's a pet peeve of mine when a newspaper story gives the reporter's phone number without the area code. These days, it's naive to think the only people that might want to call you are in your own area code. ...
-- Basketball update: Assistant coach Dan Hipsher was name-dropped by the Palm Beach Post as "one of the more interesting names heard" for the opening at Florida Atlantic. Hipsher confirmed an interest in the job to the Post, but said Sunday night that no contact had yet been made by the Owls. The Post also mentions former Providence coach Tim Welsh as a possibility. ... Solomon Bozeman, by the way, officially signed with Arkansas-Little Rock. Here's their announcement.
-- Lots of Mike Jenkins stories coming this week, and the Orlando Sentinel has one on "Michael Jenkins" as part of Chris Harry's weekly NFL notes. The Times will have a Jenkins feature in Thursday's paper.
-- Yawn. East Carolina isn't joining the Big East, says one of my favorite papers, The News & Observer. This just beat out the "East Carolina unlikely to join Pac-10" column.
-- Could former USF linebacker Ben Moffitt go undrafted? This week's Sporting News has projected picks for all seven rounds and Moffitt isn't one of them -- Trae Williams is a seventh-rounder to Cincinnati, as they see it, with Jenkins going No. 7 overall to the Patriots. And the Cleveland Browns' Scout.com site quotes an NFL scout as saying that Moffitt "has an outside chance of being drafted late" but is more likely an undrafted free agent.