Ex-Bulls RB Hall not returning to Denver
Former USF running back Andre Hall, who has played the last two seasons for the Denver Broncos, was not tendered a contract by the team for next season and is now a free agent.
Denver has been active in free agency under new coach Josh McDaniels, signing running backs Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington and LaMont Jordan, and those moves didn't bode well for Hall, who missed the end of the 2008 season with a wrist injury after contributing mostly on kickoff returns.
Denver's media relations department confirmed Friday that the Broncos opted not to tender a contract to Hall, who was an "exclusive rights" free agent. Hall rushed for 144 yards in 2008, and ranked second on the team with 21 kickoff returns for 469 yards, averaging 22.3 yards per return. He rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns for Denver in 2007.
-- Bleacherreport.com, running through all the mascots in BCS football, gives USF a "dishonorable mention," saying that "Bulls in Florida make no sense." He suggests Sharks or Stingrays. Yes, there is a level of boredom where writers are best served to step away from the computer.
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-- Lee Roy Selmon, speaking at one of his restaurants in Fort Myers, addresses the generosity of Anthony Henry, the tragedy at sea for Will Bleakley and former Bucs Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper, and the roster changes made last week by the Bucs.
-- Last fall, this blog jumped on Twitter -- and I need to get better about updates there -- and now USF football is on board with its own Twitter page. Again, if you're new to Twitter, you get little updates, all 140 characters or less. Just another free way to follow USF athletics -- I just have to make sure I keep more people following mine, at least for a few months. I'm up at 146 followers, though the USF Twitter has already picked up 16 in its first day ...
-- A few of the defensive candidates interviewed by Jim Leavitt are (shockingly) getting more from their old schools. Illinois AD Ron Guenther says assistant Dan Disch got a "bump" for staying with the Illini, and Georgia's John Jancek is now "co-defensive coordinator," even though he's still working under defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, with the same input. Starting to sound a bit like Dwight Schrute, who isn't assistant regional manager, but actually assistant to the regional manager.